It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that everyone who visits Hiroshima visits the Peace Memorial Park, site of the A-bomb Dome and the Peace Memorial Museum as well as the cenotaph and many other monuments. The museum’s exhibits eloquently convey the tragedy of war and Hiroshima’s call for everlasting peace.
With cherry blossom in spring and white and red oleander flowers in summer, the park is also an oasis for the citizens.
About 15 mins by streetcar from KKR hotel
Miyajima, known as one of Japan's three most famous sights, is a beautiful island located some 20 km south-west of Hiroshima City. It is 30 km around, and has a population of about 2000. Since ancient times Miyajima was believed to be the home of Kami, a Shinto deity, and nature and the traditional structures have been preserved intact. Good examples are the virgin forests and the shrine. Itsukushima Shrine and its environs are registered as a World Heritage Site. Miyajima has beautiful scenery representing the four seasons, and each season has festivals adding to its charm.
A little more than one hour by streetcar and ferry from KKR hotel
Hiroshima castle is the ordinal castle which was built in 1589 by Terumoto Mohri, who was known as one of Tairo at the political power of Hideyoshi Toyotomi. (Tairo is a high-ranking politician in the middle-ages government by samurai.)The castle tower was specified as a national treasure in 1931, but it was destroyed by the atomic bomb in 1945, and it was rebuilt in 1958. In 1989, the inside of the castle was also rebuilt at the 400th anniversary, and it is now the historical museum with the theme of samurai culture.
5 mins walk from KKR hotel.
This garden was constructed in 1620 as the garden of a villa of the Asano clan who reigned over Hiroshima. It was designed after the model of the famous scenic lake, Xi Hu (West Lake), of China. In the center of the garden, there is a pond with about ten islets of various sizes. There are valleys, bridges, teahouses and an arbor beautifully arranged in this strolling-style garden surrounded by artificial hills. The garden appear larger than it actually is, this garden is constructed with a variety of landscapes such as valleys, ravines and a seashore. It is also famous for its cherry blossoms. Shukkeien is visited by 30,000 people a year, and cherished as a beautiful scenic garden.
10 mins walk from KKR hotel.
Fudoin was one of the temples in times past, which had been built in the each prefectures by Ashikaga brothers, Takauji and Tadayoshi in the middle of 14th century. (The temples are called "Ankokuji-temples " that were built by them in the period.) The temple was declining in power after the fall of Takeda family in the middle of 16th century, but after that, Ekei, who had been the servant monk of Terumoto Mohri, became the main monk of the temple and he rebuilt and repair it. So the power of temples were steadily strong in the period. In Fudoin, there are a lot of important cultual assets like Kondo which is the only national treasure in Hiroshima-city.
15 mins by Astramline from KKR hotel.
There are three waterfalls in the precincts. The vermillion-lacquered Tahoto Pagoda is an example of Muromachi period architectural style. It enshrines a seated statue of Amitabha, which is designated as an important cultural property. The colored leaves in autumn are just beautiful.
40 mins by JR train and walk from KKR hotel
Hiroshima style okonomiyaki was born after the world war 2, and now was the soul food to Hiroshima citizens. Okonomiyaki was cooked with superposition of cabbage, pork, and noodles like millefeuille on wheat flour dough, which was spread thinly like crepe.
And also oyster that is harvested in gulf of Hiroshima is famous seafood in Winter season. Oyster in Hiroshima is very fresh and so chewy, and it has sweet-scented of the sea.
For souvenir,"Momiji manjyu" is the most famous one. It shapes like Japanese maple "momiji" and it is a kind of Japanese style cake with bean jam in sponge cake. Recently it has many flavors like custard, cheese, chocolate and so on.