A Quick Glance At Best Things To Do In Hiroshima

Hiroshima, undoubtedly, is famous for the memorials of the atomic bombing in 1945. However, the modern city nowadays has become a tourist attraction that many traveling lovers enjoy exploring and having interesting experience here. Now we can take a look at present-day Hiroshima through a list of awesome things to do in Hiroshima with outstanding events, places, foods and so on.

Top 5 Awesome Things To Do In Hiroshima

1. Thing To Watch – Miyajima Water Fireworks Festival

Visiting Japan in summer, you can enjoy the water firework displays decorating the night sky with radiant and gorgeous light. Miyajima Water Fireworks Festival takes place at Itsukushima Shrine annually in August. The display presents seven spectacular scenes, complying with each year’s theme.

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You could not miss the Miyajima water fireworks when you visit Hiroshima (Source: Sue Ann Simon)

The fireworks extravaganza is “engraved” around the iconic vermillion “floating” great torii gate of Itsukushima Shrine.

These water fireworks rise above the water from which they were launched, casting brilliant reflections on the surface of the sea. The outline of Itsukushima Shrine’s great Torii Gate silhouetted by the illumination of around 150 fireworks is truly an unforgettable sight attracting thousands of photo enthusiasts.

Each year, around 300,000 people visit Miyajima to see this breathtaking scenery, and even more people gather on the opposite shores of the nearby cities to view the fireworks from a distance.

This brilliant light festival is free to watch, but you may need to take the ferry from Miyajimaguchi station to the display (around 10 minutes). It’ll cost you about ¥180.

2. Thing To Play – Sea Kayaking And Trekking

Sea Kayaking in Hiroshima offers you the best chance to explore Japan’s seascapes and coasts. Expert guides can take you kayaking around the island or even right up to the famous torii gate standing in the water. They also will explain all flotation equipment, safety features and show you the correct techniques so you can quickly adapt to enjoy the tour.

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Sea Kayaking in Hiroshima gives you the best chance to explore the beautiful city


Trekking is the best way to explore amazing stones in Hiroshima mountains. There are a number of mountainous areas you can go trekking such as Taishakukyo Gorge (which is known as “mythical mountain”), Sandankyo Gorge with beautiful waterfalls, Mt. Fudekage with beautiful cherry blossom in spring,….

3. Things To Eat/Drink – Japanese Shake And Oysters

There are a bunch of things to do in Hiroshima so you may want to recharge your energy to enjoy activities to the fullest.

It cannot go without saying that Japan is home to sake. All tourists visit here, especially first-timers, may not want to miss the chance of enjoying those most famous foods and drinks of Japan. Fortunately, Hiroshima is one of Japan’s three great sake-producing areas, along with Fushimi in Kyoto and Kobe’s Nada district. It is also known as “the sake town”. There is even a one-of-a-kind institution for studying sake and organizing the year’s best sake in Japan right here in Hiroshima. There are many sake flavors for you to explore, those are highly popular even among Japanese sake connoisseurs

Hiroshima is the largest manufacturer of oysters in Japan. Oysters can be cooked and enjoyed in a variety of ways.

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Hiroshima is the largest manufacturer of oysters in Japan

  • Raw Oysters: small shells, their meat is large, plump, and rich in flavor.
  • Yakigaki (Grilled Oysters): a standard way of eating oysters, they are grilled with the shell on top of charcoal or other types of fires; flavor: sweeter and more aromatic.
  • Deep-fried Oysters: fried with batter and breadcrumbs; light and crunchy, flavors are less fishiness.
  • Kaki-meshi (Oyster Bowls): cooked with rice so that their juices seep into the rice, adding to the overall flavor.
  • Kaki-nabe (hot pot): perfect for the winter, often seasoned with miso and dashi stock.

A complete Hiroshima Street Food Guide is here. Don’t forget to check it out:

4. Thing To Buy – Kumano Brushes

Kumano brushes are called “Kumano fude” in Japanese. Kumano brushes are conventional craft works originated from the city of Kumano in the Hiroshima Prefecture. They have been made since the Edo period (1603-1868) during farmers’ slack season. In the city of Kumano, the artists use the traditional manufacturing techniques such as finely-powdered rice husk ashes to remove any trace of oil or binding with linen thread. The authentic Kumano brushes can only be found here in Hiroshima.

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Kumano Brushes are one of the best gifts to buy in Hiroshima.

5. Other Incredible Things To Do In Hiroshima

Of course, the list of things to do in Hiroshima goes on and on. There are many events and attractions that you may want to join and explore. In Hiroshima, you can visit some tax-free shops to buy clothes, high-quality cosmetics, liquor, etc at reasonable prices. You also can go skiing in ski resorts in the snow-capped mountains in the north of the prefecture if you come here in winter. Or if you visit here in autumn, you definitely should go to Miyajima to take the best spot for viewing autumn leaves in resplendent hues of red and yellow. It is also a natural beauty of Japan.

About Yuu Sato

Yuu Hiasa has been working in hospitality industry since 2003. In the past, he used to work as a tour guide and now he is running his business of supplying comfortable accommodations in Japan. Thanks to this experience and his passion for writing blog, the articles by him provides awesome tips and things to do when you are traveling in the country of cherry blossoms.