Hiroshima Japan was last updated on September 2, 2022
Hiroshima City (広島市)
Hiroshima is a vibrant modern city, having risen from its ashes of the past. It is the capital of Hiroshima Prefecture, located in the southwest of Japan’s Honshu Island. Hiroshima’s natural beauty can be seen in its impressive Chugoku Mountains to the north and the clear waters of the Seto Inland Sea in the south.
Every year, thousands of tourists make their way to Hiroshima mainly for the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park which is a grim reminder of war and a focus for prayers for world peace. Whilst this should be a “must do” itinerary for any visitor, one should also make time to take in the natural beauty of historical Miyajima Island which is a short ferry ride away and is easily accessible.
I spent 2 days in Hiroshima and wished that I had spent more as this beautiful city has so much more to offer. If you have the time, try and spend 3 to 4 days. Enjoy travel on the slow side, watch the sunset over the floating torii and savour on the fresh oysters caught each day. With so many choices on accommodation, I assure you, you will have plenty to do.
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On this page, you shall find travel guides and itineraries designed to support your travels to the historic city of Hiroshima and the serene island of Miyajima.
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1 | Best Time to Visit Hiroshima Japan
Generally, the seasons in Japan have clearly distinct weather patterns along with monsoon circulation.
Hiroshima Japan is a year-round travel destination and each season offers its own charm and beauty to visitors.
The best time to visit Hiroshima Japan is in spring, March/April/May and in fall, September/October.
1.1 | Spring in Hiroshima
The spring months of March, April, May and a sneak into early June is a perfect time to visit Hiroshima. March and April sees the sakura season in bloom, turning the city, like most of Japan, into a vibrant colour of pink. Temperatures are comfortable during this season, although it can fluctuate at times.
The weather in March begins to get milder with the average high of 14 °C and the average low at 5 °C. The weather is pretty stable and spring stays until late May. In May the temperature ranges from 11 °C to 25 °C. Spring makes the best and most pleasant time of the year to visit Hiroshima. The sight of cherry blossoms, and trees becoming lush and green is a beautiful experience.
1.2 | Autumn in Hiroshima
The autumn months of September and October brings on another spectacle of warm, beautiful autumn colours in brown, orange and red. Temperatures during the autumn months remain steady, ranging from 18 °C to 22 °C.
Autumn in Hiroshima begins late September and lasts through November. October is generally mild and if you are planning a fall visit, this is the perfect month to go. Autumn foliage makes its appearance from mid/late October and the natural display of colours attracts many visitors.
Pro Tip for spring and autumn travel to Hiroshima: Dress in layers and take a light jacket with you.
1.3 | Summer and Winter in Hiroshima
The summer season in Hiroshima begins in June and stays through mid-September. The temperature ranges from an average high of 31 °C to an average low of 24 °C. It is hot and humid with rainy days.
August is the hottest month of the year in Hiroshima with an average temperature of highs at 35 °C and stays throughout the month.
Pro tip: While it does not rain everyday in the summer, the hot and humid weather is not an attractive season for travellers. However, it is less crowded and travel is certainly possible. You may want to consider bringing a small folding umbrella, and drink plenty of water to prevent heatstroke while sightseeing.
The winter season in Hiroshima begins in December through to February. Temperatures range from cold, 6°C to cool, 13°C. It is mostly sunny with a few days of rain or snow, and January being the coldest month of the year. There is less rain in February and winter still is a good time to travel to Hiroshima.
1.4 | Typhoons in Hiroshima
Generally, the typhoon season in Japan lasts from early summer to early autumn. It coincides with the monsoon season in Southeast Asia. The typhoon and hurricane season lasts from June to November, but may also be present as early as May or late as December.
Typhoons in Hiroshima occur between the months of June through to October, with a high chance of typhoons in August to early October. Although the Seto Inland Sea is relatively protected, Hiroshima is still affected by typhoons.
Travel to Hiroshima Japan is still possible during the typhoon season. Cities across Japan have good underground facilities for shelter and strong buildings where you can get to for safety.
Travel resources at a Glance
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3 | Accommodations
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Travel Guides and Itineraries on the City of Hiroshima and the Serene Island of Miyajima.
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Update: Aug 2, 2022