As we all know by now, Hiroshima was reduced to rubble after the infamous bombing in August 1945 but it is no longer a damaged shell. Hiroshima has been reborn and is now a vibrant hub with incredible cuisine, a bustling nightlife scene, and breathtaking natural scenery. The city has many different neighborhoods and districts it might be tricky to decide where to stay on your visit. Here are 5 best neighborhoods in Hiroshima to help you choose which area is best for you.
If you’re planning your first visit to Hiroshima, Motomachi is the best place to stay. This neighborhood is located in the Naka Ward and is known as the heart of Hiroshima. You’ll find the most famous, must-see tourist attractions here from Hiroshima Castle to the Peace Memorial Park. The city’s must-see attractions, museums, and memorial sites are all within walking distance for this vibrant neighborhood. Motomachi is also home to the Motomachi Shopping Streets where you’ll find high-end designers, home decor, and souvenirs to take home to your loved ones.
Planning a visit to Hiroshima with the whole family? Hijiyamahonmachi is a large, family-friendly neighborhood in Hiroshima’s Minami Ward. This area has great public transport and it’s just a short subway ride from the city center and Hiroshima’s must-see tourist attractions and landmarks. This neighborhood is also one of the greenest districts in Hiroshima with the beautiful Enko River running through as well as the lush Hijiyama Park full of things to do with your kids. But that’s not all. This Hijiyamahonmachi is home to quirky boutiques, authentic restaurants, and incredible museums, art galleries, and family-friendly attractions.
Looking for the coolest Neighbourhoods in Hiroshima? Nakamachi is the coolest. This neighborhood is located in the Naka Ward and although it’s tiny it’s a vibrant district home to great restaurants, lively clubs, shopping, and incredible attractions. Night owls will love this neighborhood and you’ll find a wide range of popular bars, clubs, and cafes that cater to all ages. Apart from the vibrant nightlife, Nakamachi is home to a variety of great restaurants offering all sorts of delicious foods from crispy tempura to mouthwatering bowls of ramen. So whether you’re looking for a relaxed evening out in a trendy bar, a delicious dinner or you want to dance the night away Nakamachi is the place to stay.
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If you’re looking for a neighborhood that offers the best nightlife in Hiroshima then Hondori is the place to stay. Just a short walk from downtown Hiroshima, you’ll find this small neighborhood in the Naka Ward. Hondori is bursting with color, life, and fun! It’s home to restaurants, cafes, shops, and nightlife fun. Rated Hiroshima’s number one neighborhood for a night out this area is perfect for any night owl. Hondori is home to the city’s most popular night clubs, trendy bars, and hipster cafes as well as loads of amazing restaurants to try. This neighborhood’s streets are buzzing with activity on weekends when tourists and locals alike flock here. With it’s flashing neon lights, bustling streets, great drinks, and a pumping music scene, a night out in the Hondori district is something you won’t soon forget!
South of Motomachi is another small, but spirited district of Kakomachi. This neighborhood is part of the Naka Ward and sits nestled between the Ota and Motoyadu Rivers. This is one of the most central neighborhoods in Hiroshima and is incredibly well connected. The city’s top bars, clubs, and popular tourist attractions are just a short walk away. You can get from Kakomachi to anywhere in the city with relative ease. Kakomachi is also where you’ll find a good variety of budget accommodations, perfect if you’re traveling solo or trying to save money. Whether you’re looking for a social hostel, an elegant hotel, or something in between, there are properties throughout Kakomachi that will meet your style and your budget. Kakomachi is one of the best, most cost-effective neighborhoods to stay in if you’re visting Japan on a budget but still want to experience the city.
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