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Hiroshima, Japan


A-Bomb Dome

Introduction

Hiroshima is the first city to have ever been targeted by an atomic bomb.

Where You're Docked

Cruise ships dock at Ujina Pier about 2 miles south of the city center and east of the Ujina Ferry Pier. A streetcar stop, Kaigandori, is a 10 minute walk away.

Hiroshima Port Info - http://www.mlit.go.jp/kankocho/cruise/detail/039/index.html


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Money and Tipping

Japan's currency is the Yen (¥ JPY) and foreign currencies are typically not accepted. You can find currency exchange at post offices. The majority of ATM's in Japan DO NOT accept foreign bank cards. The exception are ATM's at 7-11 and at the post office. Citibank and Aeon bank ATM's may also accept foreign cards. Make sure you do the correct conversion for the amount you want to take out and insert your card the correct way. Tipping is not customary in Asia. http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e2208.html

Local Transportation

The tram is the best way to get around. Take line 1 or 3 to Hondori to get to the city center or line 3 to Genbaku Dome-Mae to go to Peace Park directly. Most fares are ¥160 (May 2014). Enter from the back and pay when you exit from the front. Exact change in coins is required but the fare box has a separate section to give change for ¥500 coins and ¥1000 notes. A day pass is ¥600 (tram only) or ¥840 (tram and ferry from Miyajimaguchi to Miyajima). When coming back, not all trams go to the end of the line so make sure the destination is marked Hiroshima Port or you will need to transfer at the last stop. Transfers can be obtained from the driver when exiting and paying. Guide to riding streetcars with map here http://www.hiroden.co.jp/train/rosenzu/streetcar_map.htm

If you want to go to Miyajima, you have three options.

  • JR Train from Hiroshima Station to Miyajimaguchi. 25 min, ¥400 (Nov 2011) and the ferry across (10 min, ¥170). You will need to first take the tram from Kaigandori on line 5 to the train station (30 min, ¥160).
  • Tram line 3 to Hiroden-Nishi Hiroshima and transfer to line 2 to Hiroden-Miyajimaguchi 90 min, ¥270. Ferry across as well.
  • Ferry from Ujina Port. Departures hourly. 24 min, ¥1800. Docks at Miyajima directly.
  • Tram operator website http://www.hiroden.co.jp/en

There is also ferry service directly from Miyajima to Peace Park which gives you bit of a river cruise on the way there. This ferry is run by a separate company. The pier and ticket booth in Miyajima is just east of the main ferry building. In Peace Park, it is south of the dome by the bridge on the east side. (One way fare ¥2000, Nov 2011). Schedule and info here http://www.aqua-net-h.co.jp/en/

Hotels

Search hotels in Hiroshima here

Must See Sights

  • Atomic Bomb Dome, Peace Memorial Park and Museum - Museum ¥50 entry (Nov 2011). Don't miss the Peace Memorial Hall located underground directly east of the cenotaph.
  • Hiroshima Castle
  • Miyajima - home to shrines and temples and the torii gate which is a symbol of Japan. See the Local Transportation section. If you plan on visiting both Miyajima and Hiroshima, it is recommended to head to Miyajima first. It is always a good idea to start furthest away and make way back to your ship in case you encounter unexpected delays.

Shopping & Restaurants

The main covered shopping arcade is at Hondori.

Be sure to try the local specialty of Okonomiyaki, a unique pancake grilled in front of you. Okonomi-mura is a multi storied building with just Okonomiyaki restaurants. Directions here http://www.okonomimura.jp/foreign/english.html

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Weather

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