June to August sees the highest temperatures. Days in July and August are sometimes both wet and warm. On August 6th each year the city marks Peace Memorial Day, with solemn ceremonies and thousands of lanterns floated on the river. The shoulder seasons of April to May and September to October bring warm temperatures and cooler evenings. The first weekend of May sees the Flower Festival with free music throughout the city. Each October, the Sake Festival is held in Higashi in the east of the city. The coolest months are from November to March. Culture Day in November celebrates Japanese culture and traditions.
Hiroshima is a large city of some two million people on the Seto Inland Sea in Japan. Its wide boulevards and many waterways have all of the urban bustle of a 21st century Japanese metropolis. There are many excellent restaurants and the city has a lively nightlife. For many though, it is best known for a grim past. A series of elegant memorials in the Peace Memorial Park marks the place where an American atomic bomb was dropped on August 6, 1945. The A-Bomb Dome is the skeleton of a building destroyed by the blast. The Peace Memorial Museum in the park shows what the bomb did to the city. Throughout the city, marble markers are placed to illustrate the extent and effect of the bomb. The City Museum of Contemporary Art takes visitors on a tour of the vibrant present day, with an important collection of Japanese art alongside works by pop artists such as Andy Warhol and Frank Stella. Fudoin, just to the north of Hiroshima, is a beautiful 14th century temple that survived the atomic blast. A visit to the Mazda Museum can also take visitors around the Mazda car factory, but tours must be booked in advance. The city has many parks. Among them are Hijiyama Park and Chuo Park where you can see Hiroshima Castle, dating from the 16th century, destroyed in 1945, but rebuilt in the 1950s. It’s an impressive sight and a popular place for picnics.
Hiroshima has a large tram network, and travelling by tram is the easiest and cheapest way of getting around the city. There are also efficient metro and bus services. Taxis are readily available, but are relatively expensive. Hiroshima is a great city for the keen cyclist, with many bicycle paths. Cycle hire is available through most hotels.
Hiroshima Airport (HIJ) serves the city. Central Hiroshima is about forty minutes drive by car from the airport. Car rental agencies have offices inside the arrivals terminal. Taxis are available on a rank outside the domestic arrivals building. Shared taxis are at a separate rank. The cheapest option is to travel by bus to the centre of the city, and the journey can take up to 90 minutes.