Where to stay in Hiroshima, Japan: Best areas and hotels For 2024

Planning a stay in Hiroshima? Hiroshima is a major Japanese city located on the island of Honshu. It’s primarily known for being the first city in the world to suffer a nuclear attack, which occurred on August 6, 1945, during World War II. When planning a trip to Hiroshima, you’ll need to find the perfect place to stay in. With several distinct areas to choose from, it’s important to know what each has to offer.

To help make your decision easier, I’ve included detailed information on each neighbourhood, including the best accommodation options based on your interests and budget.

For first-timers, the Hiroshima Downtown area is an excellent place to stay. It’s close to the main attractions, just a few minutes from the main station, and a fantastic starting point for exploring the city.

For quick and easy transport links to main attractions, stay close to Hiroshima Station Area. It’s the perfect location with various types of accommodation options, ideal if you want easy access to the rest of the city.

If you’re interested in learning about the city’s history, I recommend staying near the Peace Memorial Park. This area is home to important historical sites, including the A-Bomb Dome and the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.

For nightlife, stay in the Nagarekawa/Kamiyacho area. This area has many restaurants and bars. It’s ideal for neon lights, fun music venues and izakayas.

Couples and nature lovers will want to stay on the Miyajima Island, which is home to one of Japan’s most scenic spots, Itsukushima Shrine.

💎 Best luxury hotel:Sheraton Grand Hiroshima Hotel
🏨 Best mid-range hotel:Hotel Granvia Hiroshima
🛏️ Best budget hotel:Sotetsu Fresa Inn Hiroshima
🏠 Best apartment:Grand Base
Where to stay in Hiroshima Summary

Best hotels in Hiroshima

Sheraton Grand Hiroshima Hotel – This is the top luxury hotel I recommend because it offers 4 dining options, an indoor pool, and a fitness centre. All air-conditioned rooms have flat-screen TVs, refrigerators, and en suite bathrooms with toiletries and a bathtub. Sheraton Grand Hiroshima Hotel is a 1-minute walk from Hiroshima Station.

Hotel Granvia Hiroshima – This is the best mid-range hotel I recommend in Hiroshima because of the price-quality ratio. The hotel is connected to the JR Hiroshima Shinkansen, making it very convenient for all visitors. Each room has a fridge, a trouser press and a flat-screen TV. The hotel has 6 restaurants on site.

Itsukusima Iroha – Best for couples because of its idyllic location on the Miyajima island. It’s just a few minutes walk from the main sites and shopping street but if you prefer a romantic retreat, the hotel offers breakfast and kaiseki-style dinner. The hotel is located on Miyajima’s Omotesando Avenue, a 5-minute walk from Itsukushima Shinto Shrine and Miyajima Pier.

GRAND BASE Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park – Great for families because it’s a spacious aparthotel with a fully equipped kitchenette with a dining area, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with bidet, free toiletries and a hairdryer. A fridge, a microwave and stovetop are also provided, as well as a kettle.

Sotetsu Fresa Inn Hiroshima – Best budget hotel in Hiroshima. Sotetsu Fresa Inn Hiroshima is a 3 star business hotel that offers simple and clean rooms, perfect for the non-fussy traveller that wishes to save money on hotels. The hotel is just 450 yards from Hiroshima Station and 0.7 miles from Chosho-in Temple. Every room has its own private bathroom.

Hiroshima Miyajima island

Arrival and Getting Around

The easiest way to get to Hiroshima is by Shinkansen from other major Japanese cities such as Tokyo, Kyoto or Osaka. You will arrive at the JR Hiroshima station which is centrally located.

  • Tokyo to Hiroshima: approximately 4 hours by Shinkansen (JR Tokaido/Sanyo Shinkansen)
  • Kyoto to Hiroshima: approximately 1.5 to 2 hours by Shinkansen (JR Tokaido/Sanyo Shinkansen)
  • Osaka to Hiroshima: approximately 1 to 1.5 hours by Shinkansen (JR Tokaido/Sanyo Shinkansen)

Your journey on the Shinkansen is covered by the JR Pass, so make sure to purchase your in advance.

Hiroshima has an extensive public transportation system that is convenient and easy to use.

  • Streetcar (Hiroshima Electric Railway): Hiroshima has a streetcar system that runs throughout the city. The streetcar is an affordable and convenient way to get around, with fares starting at around 160 yen per ride.
  • Bus: Hiroshima has a bus network that covers the city and its surrounding areas. I recommend using the bus for accessing areas not covered by the streetcar.
  • Bicycle: Hiroshima is a very walkable city, but for when you fancy getting a bit faster from A to Z, then renting a bike is a great way to see the city. Ask your hotel for bike rental options.

Downtown Hiroshima

Downtown Hiroshima skyline

Stay in Downtown Hiroshima for first timers

The central district of Hiroshima, including the downtown area, is the ideal location for first-time visitors to stay. Downtown Hiroshima is fairly compact, offers easy access to transportation, and it’s close to major attractions such as Hiroshima Castle and the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.

You are just minutes away from the rest of the main areas in Hiroshima, too, so technically you’ll be located right in the centre of it all.

The downtown Hiroshima area is home to many restaurants, bars and shops. It’s the ideal place to find a Japanese souvenir and to try all the Japanese food. Make sure to eat the famous Hiroshima style okonomiyaki, tsukemen (cold noodles dipped in broth), oysters and my favourite, momiji manju which is a sweet treat shaped like a maple leaf.

Where to stay in Downtown Hiroshima

There are many hotels to pick from in downtown Hiroshima. It’s easy to find any type of accommodation that suits your budget. You can stay in a luxury hotels, self catering apartments and also find some great budget options.

The area is very safe at day and night and perfect for solo travellers too.

Candeo Hotels Hiroshima
Mid-range Hotel 8.8

Candeo Hotels Hiroshima Hatchobori is a centrally located hotel in Hiroshima that offers free WiFi and is an 11-minute walk from the Atomic Bomb Dome. It is close to many attractions, including Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, Hiroshima Museum of Arts, and Shukkeien. The hotel features a sauna and a 24-hour front desk.

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Nest Hotel
Mid-range Hotel 8.8

A mid-range, clean and simple hotel located in the centre of Hiroshima. All rooms are non-smoking and come with free wifi.

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Hiroshima Washington Hotel
Economy Hotel8.8

The rooms in the hotel are air-conditioned and include a flat-screen TV, fridge, electric kettle with green tea bags, and en suite bathroom. The hotel also has a coin laundry and photocopying services.

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Hiroshima Station Area

Shinkansen Japan

Stay in Hiroshima Station Area for easy access to attractions

The Hiroshima Station Area is a convenient and well-connected location with easy access to attractions and transport hubs. The station is located northeast of the centre and is a major transport hub with Shinkansen trains coming from major cities across Japan.

Since it’s a transport hub for the city, you’ll get easy access to the rest of the main attractions in Hiroshima, whether you take the tram or train. Don’t miss the Shukkeien Garden, which is located just a 10-minute walk from the station. Another few minutes away, you can visit the Hiroshima Prefectural Museum, which displays a collection of modern Japanese and Western artworks.

Where to stay in Hiroshima Station Area

The Hiroshima Station Area is also home to many hotels of all kinds. You can find business hotels at affordable prices, but also more lavishing options if you wish to splurge a little. There are plenty of shops and restaurants within the station, but if you’re after something a bit more authentic, consider walking to the Downtown Hiroshima area for more restaurants and nightlife.

Hotel Granvia Hiroshima
Affordable Luxury Hotel8.8

Hotel Granvia Hiroshima is a Michelin 3-star rated hotel connected to JR Hiroshima Shinkansen Station. The hotel offers modern rooms with free Wi-Fi, 6 restaurants, and massage services. The rooms have air-conditioning and heating facilities, a fridge, a trouser press, and a flat-screen TV.

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NAGI Hiroshima Hotel and Lounge
Mid-range Hotel 8.8

NAGI Hiroshima Hotel and Lounge is a 3-star hotel located in the heart of Hiroshima, just a few minutes away from the train station. The hotel offers air-conditioned rooms, free WiFi, free bikes, and a shared lounge. The hotel features a concierge service and luggage storage space.

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KOKO HOTEL Hiroshima Ekimae
Budget Hotel8.8

A clean and simple hotel just a few minutes from the main JR Hiroshima station. This 3 star accommodation offers air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi, each with a private bathroom.

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Sotetsu Fresa Inn Hiroshima
Business Hotel Hotel8.8

Sotetsu Fresa Inn Hiroshima is a 3-star hotel located in Hiroshima, situated 450 yards from Hiroshima Station and 0.7 miles from Chosho-in Temple. The hotel offers air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi, each having a private bathroom.

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Peace Memorial Park Area

Hiroshima Peace memorial

Stay in Hiroshima Peace memorial park for history

The Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park area is the best area to stay in if you are interested in history and want to be close to important landmarks in Hiroshima.

This area was once the busiest commercial and residential district of the city, and now it is a memorial park dedicated to the legacy of the city as the first to suffer an atomic bomb attack.

The Peace Park was built on an open field created by the explosion, and it houses the Peace Memorial Museum, Atomic Bomb Dome, the Fountain of Prayer, the International Convention Center, and the Cenotaph for the A-Bomb Victims.

The area also has many light rail stations, making it well-connected to the rest of the city, so you can easily visit other parts and attractions.

Where to stay near the Peace memorial park

The surroundings of the park have plenty of budget accommodations within a short distance. You can find several apartments, ideal for families or larger groups who need a kitchen and a common lounge. Your accommodation will be around 10-15 minute walk from the main area full of restaurants and bars.

The Knot Hiroshima
Mid-range Hotel 8.8

The Knot Hiroshima is a 4-star hotel located in a convenient location in Hiroshima. The hotel offers air-conditioned rooms with a flat-screen TV and private bathroom with bidet and free toiletries.

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GRAND BASE Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park
Mid-range Hotel 8.8

The rooms come with air conditioning, a fully equipped kitchenette with a dining area, a flat-screen TV, and a private bathroom with free toiletries. A fridge, microwave, and stovetop are also included. The hotel is located within 650 yards of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and 750 yards of Atomic Bomb Dome.

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Hiroshima City Bunka Koryu Kaikan
Budget Hotel8.8

The hotel is located just a 10-minute walk to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park. Hiroshima City Bunka Koryu Kaikan offers views of the Hon River, has 2 restaurants on site and air-conditioned rooms.

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The Garden Place Hiroshima
Apartment Hotel8.8

The Garden Place Hiroshima is an apartment located in the centre of Hiroshima, within 0.6 miles from Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park. The apartment has air-conditioned accommodation with free WiFi and a TV. It features a kitchen with a fridge and microwave. It’s an ideal accommodation for larger groups.

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Nagarekawa/Kamiyacho

Nagarekawa Hiroshima

Stay in Hiroshima Nagarekawa/Kamiyacho for nightlife

Nagarekawa and Kamiyacho in Hiroshima are two areas that are perfect for those looking for a lively nightlife scene. The areas are located in Naka-ku, just minutes away from the main downtown area.

Come here to see the neon lit streets of Hiroshima, all lined with restaurants, bars and night venues. You’ll be just a short walk from Hiroshima Hondori Shopping Street, Kamiyacho, and Hatchobori.

The area is often compared to Osaka’s Dotonburi, so expect to take some amazing pictures and have a great time after dark. The area is best explored on foot, and it is easy to get lost in its maze of narrow streets, which is part of the charm. Nagarekawa is also home to the Mitaki Temple and the City Museum of Contemporary Art.

Where to stay in Nagarekawa/Kamiyacho

There are a variety of affordable hotels in the area, including clean but simple business hotels. Generally, the area has budget and mid-range hotels with basic amenities. You’ll find a few adult-only hotels too. There are no luxury hotels in this area but a Hilton Hiroshima is just a 10 minute walking distance.

Sejour Inn Nagarekawa
Mid-range Hotel 8.8

Sejour Inn Nagarekawa is located in the heart of Hiroshima and offers free WiFi and buffet breakfast. All rooms are air-conditioned and include a flat-screen TV and private bathroom with free toiletries. The hotel also has a 24-hour reception desk to assist guests.

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Super Hotel Hiroshima
Mid-range Hotel 8.8

A simple and economical hotel in Hiroshima that comes with free toiletries and private bathroom. Superb breakfast is included in your accommodation price.

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Smile Hotel Hiroshima
Economy business hotel Hotel8.8

Smile Hotel Hiroshima is a 3-star hotel in a prime location offering a buffet breakfast and free WiFi. It features air-conditioned rooms with a desk, flat-screen TV and safety deposit box. Popular tourist attractions such as Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and Atomic Bomb Dome are nearby.

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Miyajima Island

Approach to Miyajima Island from afar

Stay in Hiroshima Miyajima Island for romance and nature

Miyajima, also known as Itsukushima, is an island just 45 minutes from Hiroshima via ferry. Itsukushima is known for the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Itsukushima Shrine or the floating gates. Miyajima is a romantic place to stay, as you will be so close to nature, eat fantastic food, be surrounded by stunning flora and fauna. The island offers stunning landscapes in the morning and evening, with Itsukushima Shrine illuminated at night and the graceful scenery of the shrine in the sacred atmosphere of the morning. I definitely recommend staying in a traditional Japanese inn called a ryokan to enjoy Japanese hospitality and incredible cuisine.

Miyajima is a great destination for nature lovers, as the island is widely covered in pristine forest with seasonal beautiful landscapes such as cherry blossoms in spring and red leaves in autumn. You won’t want to miss the local specialities such as oysters, Momiji manju and anago (broiled conger eel on top of rice).

As you approach the main temple, you’ll be met by the local semi-tamed deer residents looking for a treat and attention.

Where to stay in Miyajima

There are just a handful of hotels available on Miyajima which means that booking well in advance is essential. You will find ryokans with Japanese style rooms, delightful hotels with mountains views and dinner and breakfast included as well as self-catering villas surrounded by nature.

Itsukusima Iroha
Luxury Hotel8.8

A super hotel located on Miyajima island with breakfast and dinner included. The hotel is a 5-minute walk from Itsukushima Shinto Shrine and Miyajima Pier. The hotel offers a restaurant and Japanese-style rooms with free wired internet access.

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Hotel Miyajima Villa
Luxury Hotel8.8

Hotel Miyajima Villa is a 3-star hotel located in Miyajima, featuring a garden, a restaurant, and a bar. The hotel offers air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi, a safety deposit box, and a flat-screen TV. The hotel also provides luggage storage and a hot spring bath. Breakfast is available daily, with Italian, Asian, and buffet options.

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KIYOMORI
Luxury Villa Hotel8.8

Kiyomori is a 5-star villa located in Hatsukaichi, Hiroshima, with free WiFi and garden views. The villa features 2 bedrooms, a living room, a fully equipped kitchen, and 1 bathroom with a bidet and shower. Guests can enjoy nearby hiking or relax in the garden.

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Hem’s Hotel
Guest House Hotel8.8

The guest house features a garden, terrace, and bar. The guest rooms are equipped with a private bathroom, balcony, and bed linen. The property is close to local attractions, including The Great Torii, Momijidani Park, and the Museum of History and Folklore. Guests can enjoy an à la carte breakfast daily.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Should I stay in Hiroshima or Miyajima?

Hiroshima is a great city to visit with more amenities, restaurants, and shopping options. It also has more hotels to pick from. Hiroshima has many historic sites including the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and Museum, and the iconic Atomic Bomb Dome.
On the other hand, Miyajima is a more tranquil and scenic location. You’ll visit the iconic Itsukushima Floating Torii Gate, see beautiful temples and shrines, and gorgeous leafy landscape. This is a more relaxing experience.
If you have the time, I recommend that you visit both Hiroshima and Miyajima to get a well-rounded experience of the region.

Should I stay in Hiroshima?

It’s easy to visit Hiroshima as a day trip from other major cities like Osaka or Kyoto, but I recommend spending at least a night in Hiroshima. This allows you to visit all the main highlights in Hiroshima and indulge in some of the local culinary delicacies. You’ll have more time to learn about the region and its history. Plus, you’ll have time to visit the famed Miyajima island too.

Which area is best in Hiroshima?

To be close to the major tourist attractions such as the Peace Memorial Park and Atomic Bomb Dome, then staying in Hiroshima Downtown is the best option for first time visitors. You’ll have easy access to the main highlights and easy access to public transport to reach other parts of Hiroshima with ease.
If you prefer to be closer to the public transport and the shinkansen for day trips, then you’ll want to stay closer to the JR Station.
The Miyajima Island area is a popular destination for couples because of its scenic beauty, natural attractions, and cultural significance, although you will need to take a 45 minute ferry to get back to Hiroshima mainland.

How much does it cost to stay in Hiroshima?

On average, a budget hotel or hostel in Hiroshima can cost around $25 – $70 per night. Mid-range hotels and traditional ryokans can cost around $75 to $150 per night. High-end hotels and luxury hotels can cost upwards of $200 to $350 per night. Prices also tend to be higher during peak travel seasons such as spring for the cherry blossom festival and autumn during koyo festival, and during major events or festivals.

I hope you’ve enjoyed our guide and recommendations for where to stay in Hiroshima. You now know which is the best area and hotel for your budget and travel needs.

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