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Below is a list of Hiroshima's most popular spots for cherry blossom viewing (hanami), including the typical timing for best viewing in the average year and japan-guide.com ratings. See also our nationwide list of famous cherry blossom spots.

Hiroshima Peace Park

Early April
Next to Genbaku Domu Mae tram stop
No admission fee (more details)
Hiroshima Peace Park, located in central Hiroshima City, was built to memorialize those who died during the atomic bombing and as a testament towards world peace. There are about 300 cherry trees planted around the park especially along the river.

Hiroshima Castle

Early April
10 minute walk from Kamiyacho-nishi or Kamiyacho-higashi tram stop
No admission fee (more details)
Hiroshima Castle is a reconstructed castle with about 450 cherry trees planted around the castle grounds. The best cherry blossom viewing party spots can be found around the castle keep.

Shukkeien Garden

Early April
15 minute walk from Hiroshima Station
Admission: 260 yen (more details)
There are about 200 cherry trees planted around Shukkeien, a Japanese landscape garden in central Hiroshima. Some lawn areas are available for cherry blossom viewing parties.

Hijiyama Park

Early April
Next to Hijiyama Koen Shita tram stop
No admission fee
Hijiyama Park is a large, forested city park on a hill overlooking the city. There are about 1300 cherry trees planted in small pockets around the park that are popular places among the locals for holding cherry blossom viewing parties.

Miyajima••

Early April
45 minutes by train and ferry from Hiroshima Station
Miyajima is a small island outside of Hiroshima that is famous for its shrine and "floating" torii gate. There are about 1300 cherry trees around the shrine and along the island's walking trails.

Ratings:    best of the best    best of Japan    outstanding

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Hotels around Hiroshima

Recommended Hotels
Hotel Granvia Hiroshima
Its location adjacent to JR Hiroshima Station makes it a very convenient base.
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Kurayado Iroha Hotel
Modern ryokan along the waterfront of Miyajima, just a short walk from Itsukushima Shrine.
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Sheraton Hiroshima Hotel
Spacious four star hotel conveniently located next to JR Hiroshima Station
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Page last updated: April 26, 2016