Hiroshima will forever be associated with a single event comprising just a few seconds on August 6, 1945: the first atomic bombing of a city. That event forever changed the world and it is what draws most visitors to this Japanese city. While there are certainly many museums and reminders of that fateful day throughout the city, Hiroshima is also a thriving and vibrant modern city with a bustling cultural scene and a number of high-class contemporary art galleries.
Getting to Hiroshima is easy thanks to Hiroshima Airport, which has connections to many Japanese and East Asian cities. Skyscanner'sWhole Month search is an excellent tool for uncovering when the cheapest flights to Hiroshima are available.
Best Time to Book a Flight to Hiroshima
Hiroshima's summers are hot and humid, with temperatures in July and August regularly exceeding 30 degrees Celsius. Winters on the other hand are cool to mild with temperatures in the single digits. Snow is rare, but not unheard of. Spring and autumn are great times to visit. The first weekend in May is when the Flower Festival is on, the city's biggest festival, which can make finding a hotel room a challenge. Skyscanner's Price Alerts will keep you updated on any drop in airfare to Hiroshima, so be sure to sign up.
Airlines that Fly to Hiroshima Airport
Hiroshima Airport is served by a handful of airlines, with the vast majority of flights going to or from Tokyo-Haneda Airport, with that route served by All Nippon Airways and Japan Airlines. There are also a handful of international routes available, with Air China flying to Beijing and Dalian, Air Seoul to Seoul, China Airlines to Taipei, China Eastern Airlines to Chengdu and Shanghai, HK Express to Hong Kong, and SilkAir to Singapore.
What to Expect When Arriving at the Airport
Hiroshima Airport is one of the few Japanese airports to not have any rail connections. That means that if you want to get to Hiroshima city centre, which is about 50 km away, you will have to do so via bus or car. Shuttle buses travel to the JR Hiroshima Station and the Hiroshima Bus Station, with trips taking about 50 minutes in both cases. There is an expressway nearby, so renting a car is definitely an option.
Hiroshima Airport may not be very big, but it is clean and modern and has an impressive number of shops and restaurants relative to its size. The domestic terminal has a JAL and an ANA lounge, while the international terminal has a shared lounge. As a small airport, crowds aren't really an issue and you can expect to get from your plane and out of the terminal fairly quickly. There is also an observation deck where you can watch the planes land and take off.
What to See and Do in Hiroshima
Most visitors come to Hiroshima due to its having been the site of the first atomic bombing of a city in World War II. The Peace Memorial Park contains most of the sights related to the bombing, including the A-Bomb Dome, the cenotaph, and the evocative and emotional Peace Memorial Museum. Other sights unrelated to the atomic bombing but certainly worth a visit include the Hiroshima Castle, a 16th-century structure that was reconstructed after World War II, the Hiroshima Museum of Art, and the Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art. You can find a hotel in Hiroshima easily with the help of Skyscanner.
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