How to go from Okayama to Hiroshima ?
One trains every two hours
Discover the itinerary between Okayama and Hiroshima ? If you have time make a stop at Kurashiki and explore the Bikan Chiku historical area.
Travel from Okayama to Hiroshima
15 KM - 0H10 - Shin-kurashiki Station
As the train arrives look out to the right for a glimpse of Fukuyama castle.
180 KM - 1H02 - Hiroshima Station
What to see ?
Peace Memorial Park
Nowadays it is hard to imagine that the city was the scene of such horror less than 70 years ago. The Peace Memorial Park lies in the center of the city and keeps alive the memory of what made Hiroshima so sadly famous. From Hiroshima's station south side, take street car 2 or 6 to the Genbaku-Domu-Mae stop, which is just north of the park (Station number M10 - 15 minutes). It takes about 10 minutes to walk from its northern end to the peace Memorial Museum ( daily 8.30 a.m. to 6 p.m.,¥ 200), where a highly emotional visit awaits you
The Hiroshima Castle was destroyed during the bombing of the city of 1945. It was entirely rebuilt from its ashes. A ten minute walk from Kamiyacho-michi or Kamiyacho-higashi tram stop (12 min, ¥ 160 from Hiroshima Station by lines 1,2 or 6). It takes 15 minutes to get from there to the Peace Park. Open in Dec-Feb from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., in Mar-Nov from 9 a.m to 8 p.m., ¥ 370.
Where to stay ?
Hotel Granvia Hiroshima
1-5 Matsubara-cho, Minami-ku, Hiroshima, 732-0822
Tel : 08-2262-1111 / www.hgh.co.jp/english
A luxury hotel that is directly connected to JR Hiroshima Station. Special discount for Japan Rail holders.
Ana Crowne Plaza
4-15-23 Sakae, Naka-ku, Nagoya-shi, Aichi, 460-0008
Tel : 08-2241-1111/ www.anacrownplaza-hiroshima/language/english
15 minutes by taxi from Hiroshima Station located at the heart of the city. Convenient location for sightseeing, close to the Memorial Peace Park and the shopping and food district of the city.
Where to eat ?
Rei-chan has a branch just in front of the station, and another one on the 2nd floor of the station, in the Asse Building.
Open daily, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Tel : 08-2286-2382/www.o-reichan.jp
Hiroshima-style okonomiyaki ( Hiroshima-yaki in short) is one of the local speciality you can't miss.
Getting around in Hiroshima
Of particular interest to Japan Rail Pass holders in Hiroshima is the JR-operated loop bus for tourists, called Maple-oop. The bus connects Hiroshima Station with the area around Shukkeien, Hiroshima Castle and the Peace Memorial Park every 30 minutes and is covered with the Japan Rail Pass. Hiroshima has also a very practical tram network with 8 lines throughout the city. Each stop is identified by a letter and a number. Some cars are quite old and very charming. One day pass costs ¥ 600. For the bike users, there is also a bike rental system with 17 stations (one day pass : ¥ 1080).