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6 Best Things to Do in Hiroshima at Night

Wondering what to do in Hiroshima at night? In this guide, we highlighted the best things to do in Hiroshima at night!


Hiroshima’s rich history and culture make it a unique place to explore outside the usual Japan itinerary. It's a place where you can learn about the past while also enjoying the present.


The city is home to several historical sites, including the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and the Hiroshima Castle. These sites offer a glimpse into the city's past and the devastating effects of the atomic bomb.


In contrast, Hiroshima is also a modern and vibrant city with a thriving nightlife, shopping, and dining scene. You can find everything from traditional Japanese cuisine to international fare, from local boutiques to high-end department stores. Whether you're interested in history or culture or just looking for a fun night out, Hiroshima has something for everyone.


At night, Hiroshima has something too. If you wondering what to do before calling it a night, here are the best things to do in Hiroshima:


1. Dance the night away in Nagarekawa


Hiroshima’s nightlife may not match Tokyo’s; it does not have a lively party scene that you’ll enjoy. Nagarekawa, Hiroshima’s version of Osaka’s Dotonbori, is the party district where you will find an array of bars, pubs, and clubs. From Irish pubs with live music to stylish cocktail bars and energetic dance clubs, there's something for everyone. Eight Superclub combines food and clubbing well in Nagakerawacho. And fun fact! They also serve good food!



2. Try Hiroshima’s special take on okonomiyaki


Who’s visiting a new place without binging on your favorite local food? In Hiroshima, you can find several local food spots where you can try delicious and affordable Japanese delicacies. Head over to the energetic streets of Nagarekawa, where you can find a bunch of izakaya (casual pubs) and tachinomiya (standing bars). There will be a lot of okonomiyaki (savory pancakes) since Hiroshima is known for okonomiyaki. Where to go? Okonomimura is a food theme park where Hiroshima okonomiyaki is the star!


3. Pub crawl on Ekinishi

If there’s food, there’s booze! If you want to explore Hiroshima’s drinking culture, the best way to do it is to visit multiple pubs and bars. The best place to visit is Ekinishi, a well-known bar district. It’s located west of the south exit of Hiroshima Station. It used to be flooded with old-style bars, but the recent transformation of the area welcomes newer and trendier bars.



4. Shop at night along Hondori


What’s a visit to Hiroshima without shopping!? The best place to hunt down goods—whether it’s trendy clothing stores, trendy boutiques, or thrift shops—is Hondori. This shopping street has everything you need for your OOTDs, plus more! There are also a lot of cafés and restaurants around, so you are surely replenished after hours of shopping.


5. See Hiroshima’s glittering nightscape from Mount Futaba


Futabasan is a mountain peak whose piedmont is reachable 10 minutes from downtown Hiroshima. Get to the Peace Pagoda, a 30-minute hike from the foothills, to see Hiroshima in all its glory. It’s going to be worth the climb!



6. Stroll along Machiya Street

A street reminiscent of Kyoto’s Ninezaka, Machiya-dori is worth visiting at night when it’s calmer. This traditional street is lined with machiya (traditional wooden houses) that evoke a bygone era. The street is illuminated with lanterns, adding to the charming atmosphere.

 

Looking to dive deeper into Hiroshima’s rich culture and history? Join our local tour guides for our Hiroshima Free Walking Tour and learn how we bounced back after WWII!


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