The Best Free Walking Tours in Hiroshima, Japan
An iconic city that left an imprint in world history for 75 years now, Hiroshima is now one resilient home of more than 1.1 million people living peacefully. After the debilitating 1945 bomb attack, Hiroshima has risen into a symbolic city of strength and resilience.
Thanks in large part to the massive efforts to rebuild the city, millions are now inhabiting what many people believed many decades ago as an uninhabitable place. If you want to learn more about the history of the city straight from the horse’s mouth, consider joining these free walking tours in Hiroshima.
1. Sightseeing in Hiroshima Free Walking Tour
Sightseeing alone in Hiroshima can take a huge amount of time—and for good reason. There’s so much to see around the city and learn how it bounced back after over half of the city was completely destroyed.
Many free walking tours in Hiroshima will bring you to remarkable places like Hiroshima Castle, Atomic Bomb Dome, Gates of Peace, and Peace Memorial Park. On top of those, some tours will also bring you to Gokoku Shrine, Shukkeiein Garden, and Hondori Market.
2. Food and Nightlife in Hiroshima Free Walking Tour
Think Hiroshima’s got nothing on Tokyo or Kyoto in terms of food and nightlife? Hiroshima glows at night too, with bars and pubs lined at narrow alleys and streets. Depending on which free walking tour in Hiroshima, the guides may drop you by food places in between spots.
Central and downtown Hiroshima is an incredible place to dine at. You should try Hiroshima-style okonomiyaki (pancake with chopped veggies, meat, seafood, noodle, and egg). Okonomi-mura in Shintenchi, Naka Ward is a food theme park where you can taste the best varieties of okonomiyaki. There are 24 restaurants at the park serving different styles and ingredients for okonomiyaki, Hiroshima’s soul food. Hondori and Aioi Street in downtown Hiroshima also boast shops and restaurants serving Hiroshima-style okonomiyaki and other local specialty foods.
3. Museums in Hiroshima Free Walking Tour
Museums in Hiroshima abound. Some museums in Hiroshima that are worth visiting include the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum right within Peace Memorial Park in Nakajimacho, Naka Ward. The Kure Maritime Museum, or Yamato Museum, in Kure is also a great museum to learn from. Other museums you should consider visiting are the:
Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art
Hiroshima Prefectural Art Museum
Hiroshima Transportation Museum
Japan Maritime Self Defence Force Kure Museum
4. Shopping in Hiroshima Free Walking Tour
Where there’s food, there’s shopping. In Hiroshima, if you are looking to hit two birds with one stone, the best places you can both shop and dine is in the downtown area.
Located near the Peace Park, Hondori is a pedestrian arcade packed with restaurants and shops. It’s closed to traffic so you can have a safe shopping experience. Free walking tours in Hiroshima usually stop by Hondori Market for a quick shop and dine experience. On the other side is Aioi Street where cars and trams flock the roads. Aioi Street is home to many big department stores.
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