Yōkoso and Hurry to Hiroshima on Private Historic Custom Tours
Hiroshima is located in the western Honshu region of Japan and is today known as the Peace Capital of the World. The cities history is universally known for its association with dropping the first atomic bomb in 1945 but the people of Hiroshima are resilient, and they are always ready to welcome (Yōkoso) visitors travelling around Japan on private guided and sightseeing tours.
The cities main attractions are the prestigious Hiroshima Peace Institute, art galleries, magnificent museums and gorgeous gardens. The annual Hiroshima Flower Festival attracts millions of tourists and garden enthusiasts every year on custom regional tours and is one of the most visited Flower Festivals in the world.
On walking or cycling tours of Hiroshima, you will inevitably visit the ruins left behind from the tragic 1945 explosion. Many tourists feel it be a very sobering moment to see the decimation of the buildings. However, as private tour guides fill you in on the history, they take great pride in letting everyone know this once inhabitable city had doubled its population by 1974 and has gone from strength to strength.
Top 10 Things to Do in Hiroshima
See the Amazing Island Shrine of Itsukushima on a Sightseeing Tour
There are so many great places to visit and attractions to see on custom guided tours or sightseeing tours of Hiroshima and the Island Shrine of Itsukushima is one of them.
This stunning Shrine Island is one of the most visited and important coastal sites in Japan with the Itsukushima Shrine being the main reason it is so famous.
Apart from the excellent sights and attractions, Hiroshima offers a wealth of activities to do. These include trekking tours in the Miyajima Island, relaxing on the many beaches in the summer watching amazing sunsets or kayaking on the Seto Inland Sea.
At night enjoy the taste of Okonomiyaki and oysters which are great examples of Hiroshima style foods.
Travel Tips for Hiroshima
The best time for most people to visit the Hiroshima is March to June, September and October. The temperatures are warm, there is less rain and in March to April the cherry blossoms turn the city colorful. The cheaper time to visit is during the winter months, there are less crowds and the majority of guided tours are more enjoyable when it is not hot out. July and August are not popular months due to the rain and high humidity.
The prices in Hiroshima are very reasonable for a city that's so well known and visited a lot by tourists. One night's accommodation in a budget hotel starts from US$50 and of course, there are many more expensive and luxurious hotels if you prefer that start from US$400 a night. A delicious meal for two people with 3 courses will cost on average US$30. The prices of sightseeing tours and activities will vary on the season.
It is a good idea to plan what sightseeing tours you want to do in advance of traveling and booking them in advance especially if you are traveling during the busy season. When visiting temples, you are expected to dress respectfully and appropriately as you are entering sacred places. Be aware of your surroundings but that is in every city of the world and be more alert in crowded areas. Do not walk alone at night.
The climate in Hiroshima is temperate humid, mild winter and hot, moist and rainy summers. The average warmest months of the year are July and August with temperatures above 30 degrees Celsius on average. The rainy season is from March to October. January is on average the coldest month with temperatures averaging 10 degrees Celsius. June sees the most rain in the year and December is generally the driest.