Where to Stay in Hiroshima first time: 6 Best Areas

In this post, I will help you to find Where to stay in Hiroshima first time, best areas to stay in Hiroshima with a map and video, and the best hotels in Hiroshima for all budgets (including the hotel where I stayed).

Hiroshima attracts thousands of tourists each year to visit to learn about the tragic event of 1945, the devastation of the atomic bomb attack during World War II, excellent food and great day trips to Miyajima island. 

Popular attractions in Hiroshima including the Hiroshima Castle, Shukkeien Garden, and Peace Memorial Park.

Hiroshima is a very safe city with very low crime rates. The radiation in Hiroshima today has no effect on human bodies, and is on a par with the extremely low levels of background radiation present anywhere on Earth.

Where to stay in Hiroshima for the first time?

The best areas to stay in Hiroshima for tourists and first-time visitors are Downtown Hiroshima, Hiroshima station, and Miyajima island. These are popular and safe neighborhoods, offering a wide variety of attractions and amenities.

Downtown Hiroshima and the area around the Hiroshima station are the most popular areas where visitors book their accommodations. These areas have a wide range of accommodations and offer easy access to famous attractions like Hiroshima Castle and Peace Memorial Park.

If you are traveling from Kyoto or Osaka by shinkansen, I recommend spending at least 3 days exploring Hiroshima and Miyajima. You can choose to stay in budget guesthouses, ryokan (traditional Japanese style inns), or luxury international hotels. 

Where did I stay in Hiroshima?

When I visited Hiroshima, I stayed for 3 nights Downtown at the Hotel Intergate Hiroshima. It was only a 15-20 mins walk from Hiroshima station and an easy walk to major tourist attractions. I had a huge and comfortable room. My breakfast was lovely with a wide choice of dishes.

💖 Best Area for first-timers:Hiroshima Downtown
💎 Best luxury hotel:Sheraton Grand Hiroshima Hotel
🏨 Best mid-range hotel:Rihga Royal Hotel Hiroshima
💰 Best budget hotel:Hiroshima Washington Hotel

Map of areas and neighborhoods in Hiroshima:

Map of Best Areas and neighborhoods in Hiroshima
Map of Best Areas and neighborhoods in Hiroshima

The Best Areas to Stay in Hiroshima for tourists:

1. Downtown Hiroshima

downtown Hiroshima

Downtown is the best overall area to stay in Hiroshima for first-time travelers because it is the heart of the city. If you stay here, you will be located in the middle of actions, within easy walking distance to tourist attractions, as well as many restaurants, bars, and shops.

Downtown Hiroshima is conveniently located between Hiroshima station and the Peace Memorial Park. It’s just within a 20 minute walk and a short tram from Hiroshima Station. This central location offers you plenty of things to do, from the most popular attractions to a variety of bars and restaurants, and plenty of shopping options.

The major tourist attractions downtown are Hiroshima Castle, Okonomimura, the Hiroshima Museum of Art, Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, and the Atomic Bomb Dome.

You can easily visit these attractions with the Hiroshima Sightseeing Loop Bus (Meipuru-pu).

Hiroshima Castle (Carp Castle) is one of the most beautiful castles in Japan and offers beautiful views of the city. It was built in the 16th century by Mori Terumoto, and was destroyed by the atomic bomb of August 1945.

Hiroshima Castle was reconstructed in 1959 and is home to the museum. Nearby, you will find a Shinto shrine, Hiroshima Gokoku Shrine, and a eucalyptus tree that survived the 1945 tragic event.

Another prominent attraction in the city is the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park. Covering an area of 120,000 square meters, it is a memorial of many people who died in the world’s first nuclear attack. You can learn about its tragic history at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.

You can find the A-Bomb Dome, the Cenotaph for the A-Bomb Victims, the Children’s Peace Monument, the Flame of Peace, and the Peace Clock-Tower. If you visit the Peace Park in spring, you will encounter beautiful cherry blossoms. 

History buffs can also explore Hiroshima Museum of Art, located within walking distance from the Hiroshima Bus Center and the streetcar station Kamiyacho-higashi. It displays works of art by French masters and Japanese artists, an ideal place to visit for art lovers.

Downtown not only offers plenty of sightseeing and shopping in the time, but also it has a vibrant nightlife. Mac Bar and Stevie’s Wunder Bar are some of the best places to enjoy your night out!

If you’re a foodie, make sure to check Okonomimura (Okonomiyaki Village). Located just a few steps from Hondori street and next to the shopping center PARCO, Okonomimura is the best place to try Hiroshima’s famous pancake, Okonomiyaki (Hiroshima-yaki). It’s one of Japan’s most popular food theme parks with a collection of restaurant stalls.

For the best shopping experience, head to Hon-Dori pedestrian arcade, full of shops and restaurants. You can find large department stores on Aioi-Dori Avenue and karaoke shops on Peace Boulevard/ Heiwa-Odori Street.

If you visit Hiroshima in November and December, you will take part in a winter festival of electric light, Hiroshima Dreamination, in the center of Hiroshima city including the Peace Boulevard.

With a central location, easy access to attractions by the Electric Railway, and plenty of shopping, nightlife options, Downtown is definitely the best place where to stay in Hiroshima for tourists.

Best places to stay in Hiroshima Downtown for first-timers:

luxury ($$$): Sheraton Grand Hiroshima Hotel, 5-star hotel, located in the heart of Hiroshima, only a 1-minute walk from Hiroshima Station, featuring 4 dining options, an indoor pool and a fitness centre.

mid-range ($$): Rihga Royal Hotel Hiroshima, 4-star hotel, located in central Hiroshima, within walking distance from major attractions such as the Atomic Bomb Dome, Peace Memorial Park, Museum of Art, and Hiroshima Castle. It is only a 50-minute train ride from Miyajimaguchi Station.

budget ($): Hiroshima Washington Hotel, 3-star popular hotel in downtown area, one of the best places to stay in Hiroshima on a budget, located within a short walk from Hatchobori Tram Station and a short tram ride away from Hiroshima Station.


See more: 22 Best things to do in Hiroshima, Japan

2. Hiroshima Station

Hiroshima Station

Hiroshima Station is a convenient base if you want to have easy access to the train. This area is a transport hub and important station with Shinkansen trains coming from Tokyo, Yokohama, Nagoya, Kyoto, Osaka, and Shin-Kobe. You will find wide range of accommodations here. 

The area around the station is packed with cafes, restaurants, pubs, souvenir shops, office buildings, and hotels. There is a Tourist Information Center near the exit of the Shinkansen platform and inside the ASSE Building near the Hiroshima streetcar stop.

Attractions around Hiroshima Station area are the:

  • Hiroshima’s Museum of Contemporary Art, one of the most important museums in Hiroshima and the first public museum dedicated to contemporary art in Japan.
  • Shukkeien Garden, a beautiful traditional Japanese garden, a 15-minute walk from Hiroshima station. There are some tea houses that organize tea ceremonies around the main pond.
  • Hiroshima Prefectural Museum, a large art museum that displays a collection of modern Japanese and Western artworks.
  • Mazda Zoom-Zoom Baseball stadium.
  • Hijiyama Park.

There is not much nightlife in the Hiroshima station area, but you are staying in a very convenient public transport, well-connected area, and easy access to the nightlife of the downtown area.

Best places to stay in Hiroshima Station for first-time tourists:

luxury ($$$): Daiwa Roynet Hotel Hiroshima-ekimae, great hotel, located only 5-minute walk from Hiroshima Station, featuring air-conditioned rooms, a restaurant, a 24-hour front desk and a shared lounge, along with free WiFi.

mid-range ($$): Hotel Granvia Hiroshima, 4-star family-friendly hotel, located directly connected to the JR Hiroshima Shinkansen (Bullet Train) Station. It is a short tram ride from Hiroshima Memorial Peace Park.

budget ($): Via Inn Prime Hiroshima Shinkansenguchi, 3-star hotel, in central Hiroshima, within walking distance from Hiroshima Station. It has a 24-hour front desk and luggage storage space. Also close to Myoei-ji, Chosho-in Temple, and Katō Tomosaburō Bronze Statue.


3. Kakomachi and Peace Memorial Park area

Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park area

The Peace Memorial Park and the nearby Kakomachi, parts of the Naka Ward, are located between the Motoyadu and Ota and Rivers. 

These central neighborhoods are very well-connected with a lot of light rail stations. It also offers plenty of choices of budget accommodations within a short distance from the best bars, clubs, and shopping of the city.

Peace Memorial Park was the political and commercial heart of the city before a nuclear attack. After the bombing, it was devoted to peace memorial facilities. This area is home to Peace Memorial Museum, A-Bomb Dome, Fountain of Prayer, and Cenotaph for the A-Bomb Victims.

To get to Peace Memorial Park, take tram line 2 or 6 from Hiroshima Station to the Genbaku-Domu Mae stop or take the Hiroshima Sightseeing Loop Bus.

Best places to stay in Hiroshima in Peace park:

mid-range ($$): The Knot Hiroshima, popular 4-star hotel, well located in Hiroshima, close to major landmarks such as the Atomic Bomb Dome, Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and Myoei-ji Temple. It has rooms for singles, couples, and families.

mid-range ($$): Rihga Royal Hotel Hiroshima, 4-star hotel, ideally located within walking distance from the Atomic Bomb Dome, Peace Memorial Park, and Museum of Art. It is also a short drive by car from JR Hiroshima Train Station.

budget ($): Hiroshima City Bunka Koryu Kaikan, 3-star family-friendly hotel, located in Hiroshima city center, within 10-minute walk to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park. It offers views of the Hon River, 2 restaurants and air-conditioned rooms with free wired internet access.


4. Miyajima (Itsukushima island)

Miyajima island

Miyajima (Itsukushima) is one of the popular day trips for many visitors when visiting Hiroshima. It is a sacred island less than an hour outside of Hiroshima. You can consider staying here for a night if you have time; otherwise, a day trip is great enough.

The island is famous for its floating torii gate and Itsukushima Shrine. The giant torii gate is one of the three best views in Japan. It floats during high tide.

To explore the island, you can start from Miyajima Ferry Terminal, and head to busy shopping street, Miyajima Omotesando Shotengai. It is a tourist area with a lot of souvenir shops, cafes, restaurants in narrow streets. Be sure to try special dishes like okonomiyaki and grilled oysters!

After that, you can follow the waterfront and reach the well-known attractions, 16 m tall and 60 tonnes floating shrine gate of the Shinto shrine Itsukushima. 

Continue the seafront and you will reach Itsukushima-Jinja Shrine. The shrine was built in the 6th century, consists of a few buildings linked by wooden walking paths.

Within walking distance from the shrine, you can find the dark wooden Senjokaku Pavilion and the red five-story pagoda at Toyokuni Shrine. 

You can also hike up or take the Miyajima ropeway to the highest mountain in Miyajima, the sacred Mount Misen. Mount Misen is especially breathtaking during spring with pinkish cherry blossoms, and colorful in the autumn when the leaves turn their color.

On the top of Mount Misen, you will find Mount Misen Observatory which offers stunning views of the Seto Inland Sea and Hiroshima city. There’re also Buddhist statues, shrines, and temples nearby. Be sure to visit the Daishoin Temple with its cave and statues at the foot of Mount Misen.

There are several festivals on the island such as the Miyajima Water Fireworks Festival in mid-august where the Japanese wear their summer kimono. Miyajima Kangen-Sai Festival is held between the end of July and early August.

There are also wild deer on the island that has become familiar to people. They wander around the same sites as the tourists during the day and sleep along the walking paths in the evening.

If you decide to stay in Miyajima island overnight, be sure to stay in traditional Miyajima ryokan and book your dinner in advance because most of the shops and restaurants close after 5pm. It is quieter and more peaceful at night.

Best places to stay in Miyajima for first-timers:

luxury ($$$): Kurayado Iroha, 5-star family-friendly hotel, located in Miyajima’s Omotesando Avenue, a 5-minute walk from Itsukushima Shinto Shrine and Miyajima Pier.

mid-range ($$): Miyajima Grand Hotel Arimoto, 4-star hotel, one of the best places to stay in Hiroshima for couples, located only 3-minute stroll from Itsukushima Shrine. It has an outdoor hot spring bath, 3 restaurants and karaoke and a free shuttle from Miyajima Pier.

budget ($): Sakuraya, 3-star famlily-friendly hotel, offering affordable Japanese-style rooms with mountain or sea views. Miyajima Ferry Terminal is a 3-minute walk away.


5. Yokogawa


Located just outside Hiroshima city center, in the western part of Hiroshima. It is well-known for its arts scene and historic Showa feel. It is a great place to wander around and take a photo.

The Yokogawa neighborhood is served by Yokogawa Station. Around the central station, you will find a few bakeries, Futaba Bookstore, Tully’s, the local supermarket, Wants, and a Daiso. 

Be sure to check out Kofuji Mochi Yokogawa, the Japanese-style sweet shop for traditional sweets and tea, coffee, and udon. You will also find colorful murals by graffiti artist SUIKO, and Yokogawa Cinema. The small bookshop Hon to jiyuu, is also a must-see.

Not only does it have lots of interesting shops and places to eat, but also the town hosts many fun events throughout the year. The Fushigiichi Festival, the annual Yokogawa Zombie, the Yokogawa Charity Auction, and the Valentine’s Day fireworks.

Best places to stay in Yokogawa for first-time visitors:

  • budget ($): Hiroshima Hostel EN, a hostel combined with an on-site restaurant, located a 3-minute walk from JR Yokogawa Station, and 2 train stops from JR Hiroshima Station. You can walk alongside the river to reach the Atomic Bomb Dome and Peace Memorial Park.
  • budget ($): Roku Hostel Hiroshima, great backpacker accommodation in Hiroshima, easy access to the train station and the downtown area.

6. Onomichi

Onomichi Hiroshima

Onomichi is one of the popular day trips from Hiroshima, but if you want a quieter area with more real Japanese life, and lots of outdoor activities, you can consider staying here. It is a hilly and quaint town situated along the Seto Inland Sea.

Top attractions in Onomichi are The Shimanami Kaido Expressway, Temple Walk, Senkoji Park, the Hirayama Museum, and the unique Kosanji Temple.

Shimanami Kaido is one of the most unique attractions of Onomichi. It’s a 60km route that runs from Onomichi to Japan’s fourth-largest island, Shikoku. It’s popular for cyclists and pedestrians.

Temple Walk is located in downtown Onomichi, a beautiful walk that will take visitors up and down the slopes over 2.5km with 25 temples.

Senkoji Park is on the list of the “100 Famous Cherry Blossom Sites of Japan”. From the top of the park, you will enjoy a fantastic view. Around the park, there’s Senkoji Temple, and Onomichi Castle nearby. 

Best places to stay in Onomichi:

budget ($): Onomichi Guest House Anago-no-Nedoko, great guest house, offering beds in shared dorm rooms, a 5-minute walk from Senkou-ji Ropeway Station, and the shops, restaurants and cafes. Also close to the 2 km long Onomichi Koji Meguri Course along historical temples and JR Onomichi Station.

budget ($): SAKURAHOTEL onomichiekimae, great accommodation in Onomichi, located close to MOU Onomichi City University Art Museum, Jodoji Temple and Saikokuji Temple.

budget ($): Singai Cabin, budget-friendly hotel in Onomichi,close to several noted attractions, including MOU Onomichi City University Art Museum, Jodoji Temple, Saikokuji Temple, and Onomichi History Museum.


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To sum up, Downtown Hiroshima, Hiroshima station, and Miyajima island are the best places to stay in Hiroshima for first-timers and tourists. These are popular areas in the city where visitors can find a wide range of accommodations and amenities.

Personally, I recommend Downtown as the best area to stay in Hiroshima for first-timers due to its central location, easy access to important sights and public transport. Staying here puts you in the heart of the city, within walking distance to major attractions, restaurants, and shops.

About Author: Linda Smith

I'm Linda Smith, the Hotel Expert, an experienced travel blogger who passionate about traveling. I'm here to share with you all my travel experiences and tips. I cover a wide range of travel topics, specializing in sharing information about the best areas, neighborhoods, and hotels in each city. I hope all these things will make your travel easier.

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