City Parks Tour of Hiroshima, Hiroshima (Self Guided)

Although Hiroshima is a great industrial city, it remains very green. It has wide boulevards and many parks, and rivers criss-cross the city. Parks can be found all over Hiroshima, on the outskirts and even in the heart of the city. Take the following walking tour to visit Hiroshima's world-famous, Japanese-style parks.
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Guide Name: City Parks Tour of Hiroshima
Guide Location: Japan » Hiroshima (See other walking tours in Hiroshima)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 5
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.2 km
Author: gene
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Shukkei-en Garden

1) Shukkei-en Garden (must see)

Shukkei-en is a historic Japanese garden in the city of Hiroshima. Construction began in 1620 during the Edo period by order of Asano Nagaakira, daimyo of the Hiroshima Han. The seventh lord of the Han summoned an expert in the construction of Japanese gardens from Kyoto who helped reconstruct Shukkei-en. Since the Meiji period, the garden served as the villa of the Asano family. Under Emperor Meiji, the Imperial General Headquarters were relocated to Hiroshima, and the emperor briefly lodged at the villa. The gardens were then opened to the public, and in 1940 the Asano family donated them to Hiroshima Prefecture. The garden is just a short distance from Ground Zero of the nuclear attack on Hiroshima. It suffered extensive damage during the bombing and later became a refuge for victims of the war. After renovations, it reopened in 1951.

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Hiroshima Castle Park

2) Hiroshima Castle Park (must see)

Hiroshima Castle (Carp Castle) Park is located right in the heart of the city and is one of Hiroshima's most beautifully landscaped parks. Built in the 1590s, the park and the castle were destroyed during the atomic bombing in 1945. This complex was rebuilt in 1958. It is surrounded by a wide ditch full of water that forms a natural barrier to the castle.
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park

3) Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park (must see)

Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park is dedicated to the legacy of Hiroshima as the first city in the world to suffer a nuclear attack, as well as to the memories of the bomb's direct and indirect victims (of whom there may have been as many as 140,000). The park is located in what was once the city’s busy downtown commercial and residential district. The park was built on open field that was created by the explosion. Today there are a number of memorials and monuments, museums, and lecture halls in this area, which draw over a million visitors annually. The annual August 6th Peace Memorial Ceremony, sponsored by the city of Hiroshima, is also held in the park. The purpose of Peace Memorial Park is not only to memorialize the victims, but to establish a reminder of the horror of nuclear war and to advocate world peace.

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Fukuro-Machi Park

4) Fukuro-Machi Park

Fukuro-Machi Park is located in the center of Hiroshima and is open daily. It may not be as grand as Shukkei-en Garden, but it is a great place to have a quite rest and a snack or to have a picnic away from the hectic pace of the city. Fukuro-Machi is very popular with the local young people.
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Hijiyama Park

5) Hijiyama Park (must see)

Hijiyama Park is famous for its impressive mountainous and forested landscape. The park has a walking trail with statues and observation decks that travels through areas of different terrain. Here you can also find a playground for children and vendors selling refreshments. Hijiyama Park is also the location of the notable Museum of Contemporary Art.

Walking Tours in Hiroshima, Japan

Create Your Own Walk in Hiroshima

Create Your Own Walk in Hiroshima

Creating your own self-guided walk in Hiroshima is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

Hiroshima is a very green and picturesque city where areas of unspoiled natural beauty dot the steel-glass-concrete urban landscape. Hiroshima has an abundance of natural, cultural and historic landmarks to explore. Take this tour to discover Hiroshima's most noteworthy sights.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.4 km
Peace Memorial Tour of Hiroshima

Peace Memorial Tour of Hiroshima

Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park is a memorial park in the center of Hiroshima. It is dedicated to the legacy of Hiroshima as the first city in the world to suffer a nuclear attack. Today, the city has a number of memorials and monuments, museums, and lecture halls, which draw over a million visitors annually. Take this tour to visit some of Hiroshima's most beloved monuments to peace.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.9 km
Hiroshima City Center Nightlife

Hiroshima City Center Nightlife

Hiroshima has a vibrant nightlife that caters to all tastes. Whether you want to enjoy a laid-back bar, a delirious dance club or some tremendous live music, Hiroshima has you covered. As an added bonus, many of the best nightclubs and lounges are located right next to one other in the Central district of Hiroshima. Take this tour to discover the best nightlife in the city.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.8 km
Museums Tour of Hiroshima

Museums Tour of Hiroshima

There are many museums in Hiroshima, including the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, along with several art museums. The following museums draw many visitors from around the world every year, and most of them are conveniently located in the business district of the city. Take this tour to visit the most remarkable museums in Hiroshima.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.3 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Hiroshima for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Hiroshima has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Hiroshima, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.