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Hiroshima has a bustling downtown area, the main feature of which is Hondori Street. Hondori is a pedestrian arcade that is closed to traffic and lined with shops and restaurants. It starts near the Peace Park and stretches east about half a kilometer. Running parallel to Hondori is Aioidori (Aioi Street), the main street used by cars and trams. Along Aioi Street stand a few large department stores where more shopping can be found.

While in the downtown area, visitors to Hiroshima may want to take the opportunity to try one of Hiroshima's specialties: Hiroshima Style Okonomiyaki. Many restaurants along both Hondori and Aioi streets offer the local specialty, but the surest place to find it is in Okonomimura.

Usually translated as Okonomiyaki Village, Okonomimura is a small area just south of the eastern end of Hondori. As its name implies, it is devoted to okonomiyaki. Okonomimura has many different restaurants to choose from, and is a convenient place in the downtown area to take a break and grab a bite.

Getting there and around

Hiroshima's downtown area is located a five minute tram ride by tram lines 1, 2 or 6, or a 20 minute walk west of Hiroshima Station. Okonomimura and the eastern end of Hondori are best accessed from Hacchobori tram stop. The Hiroshima downtown area is also served by the Hiroshima Sightseeing Loop Bus (Meipuru-pu).

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Hotels around Hiroshima

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    • 36hostel
      Budget-friendly
      Located just a 2-minute walk from Tokaichi-Machi Tram Station, 36hostel offers accommodation with free WiFi. JR Hiroshima Station is 20 minutes by tram, and Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park is an 8-minute walk. All guest rooms have air conditioning. Each bunk bed in a dormitory room is fitted with a privacy curtain, electrical socket, reading light and safety deposit box. Shared shower rooms include free toiletries. Towels can be rented for a fee. You will find a shared lounge with various books and a refrigerator. There are also an electric kettle, microwave and toaster. Hiroshima Castle is a 20-minute stroll from 36hostel, while JR Miyajima-guchi Station is 30 minute by train. The nearest airport is Hiroshima Airport, 43 km from 36hostel.
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    • Guesthouse COCO Hiroshima (Female Only)
      Budget-friendly
      2.4 km from Atomic Bomb Dome, Guesthouse COCO Hiroshima (Female Only) offers a 1-star accommodation in the Hiroshima City Centre district of Hiroshima. Featuring a shared lounge, this 1-star guest house has air-conditioned rooms with a shared bathroom. All guest rooms in the guest house are fitted with a kettle. Certain rooms come with a kitchenette with a microwave. At Guesthouse COCO Hiroshima, the rooms are fitted with a seating area. Cycling is among the activities that guests can enjoy near the accommodation. Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park is 2.7 km from Guesthouse COCO Hiroshima (Female Only), while Shukkeien is 1.2 km from the property. The nearest airport is Hiroshima Airport, 48 km from the guest house.
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    • KIRO Hiroshima by THE SHARE HOTELS
      Mid-range
      Ideally situated in Hiroshima, KIRO Hiroshima by THE SHARE HOTELS features air-conditioned rooms, a bar, free WiFi and a shared lounge. The property is close to several well-known attractions, 1.8 km from Hiroshima City Minami Ward Community Cultural Center, 1.9 km from Chosho-in Temple and 1.9 km from Kat? Tomosabur? Bronze Statue. The accommodation provides a shared kitchen, and luggage storage for guests. All rooms in the hotel are fitted with a TV and a hairdryer. Guests at KIRO Hiroshima by THE SHARE HOTELS can enjoy a continental or a ? la carte breakfast. Popular points of interest near the accommodation include Atomic Bomb Dome, Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and Myoei-ji Temple. The nearest airport is Iwakuni Kintaikyo Airport, 33 km from KIRO Hiroshima by THE SHARE HOTELS.
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    • Guesthouse Akicafe Inn
      Budget-friendly
      Located just a 3-minute walk from JR Hiroshima Station, Guesthouse Akicafe Inn offers simple dormitory accommodation with a lounge and free-use kitchen. Itfs a 10-minute walk from Mazda Baseball Stadium and a 20-minute tram ride away from the Peace Memorial Park. Free Wi-Fi is provided throughout the property. The guesthouse is equipped with 2 shower booths with free toiletries. Towels can be borrowed with extra charge. The common lounge area is fitted with tatami (woven-straw) flooring, a low table. Washing machines can be used at a charge. Refurbished air-conditioned rooms come with wooden-flooring and bunk beds. Akicafe Inn Guesthouse is a 1-minute walk away from the nearest Enkoubashi-cho tram stop. Guests can rent bicycles to explore the area on their own. There are plenty of dining options nearby. No meals are served at the property.
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    • Hiroshima Hostel EN
      Budget-friendly
      Opened in June 2017, Hiroshima Hostel EN is a hostel combined with an on-site restaurant. Located in the centre of Hiroshima, the property is a 3-minute walk away from JR Yokogawa Station, while JR Hiroshima Station is 2 stops away via train. Guests can sample various dished made with locally acquired ingredients, accompanied by locally brewed sake rice wine and beer. A complimentary welcome drink is provided, per person per night. The property can offer a guided tour to explore some parts of Hiroshima prefecture. There is a shared lounge at the property where guests can interact and socialise with other guests. The Atomic Bomb Dome and Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park are both a 20-minute walk alongside the river from Hiroshima Hostel EN. The nearest airport is Hiroshima airport, approximately an hour away on the train and limousine bus.
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    • Peace Park Hostel Kawate-ya
      Mid-range
      Located within 1.2 km of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and 950 m of Atomic Bomb Dome, Kawate-ya provides rooms in Hiroshima. Among the various facilities are a shared lounge and a bar. Free WiFi is available. International Conference Center Hiroshima is 1.3 km from the hostel, while Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum is 1.4 km away. The nearest airport is Hiroshima Airport, 45 km from the property.
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    • Sheraton Grand Hiroshima Hotel
      Luxury
      Sheraton Grand Hiroshima Hotel is a 1-minute walk from Hiroshima Station and a 10-minute drive from the Atomic Bomb Dome. It offers 4 dining options, an indoor pool and a fitness centre. All rooms offer both air conditioning and heating facilities. Each room is fitted with a fridge, ironing equipment and a flat-screen TV with a DVD player. A humidifier and a trouser press are provided. The en suite bathroom comes with toiletries and a bathtub. Guests can work out at the fitness centre or swim at the indoor pool at a charge. Laundry and dry cleaning services are offered. Luggage storage can be found at the 24-hour front desk. Hotel Sheraton Grand Hiroshima is a 10-minute drive from Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and a 5-minute drive from Hiroshima Castle.
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    • WeBase Hiroshima
      Mid-range
      Located in Hiroshima, within less than 1 km of Atomic Bomb Dome and a 12-minute walk of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, WeBase Hiroshima provides accommodation with a shared lounge, and free WiFi. The property is set 2 km from Kat? Tomosabur? Bronze Statue, 2.1 km from Hiroshima Danbara Shopping Centre and 2.8 km from Hiroshima University Institute of Medical History. The accommodation offers a 24-hour front desk and a shared kitchen for guests. Popular points of interest near the hostel include Myoei-ji Temple, Hiroshima City Minami Ward Community Cultural Center and Chosho-in Temple. The nearest airport is Iwakuni Kintaikyo Airport, 44 km from WeBase Hiroshima.
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    • Roku Hostel Hiroshima
      Budget-friendly
      Boasting a bar and a terrace, Roku Hostel Hiroshima is set in Hiroshima, 2.5 km from Myoei-ji Temple and 2.6 km from Atomic Bomb Dome. Among the facilities at this property are a shared kitchen and luggage storage space, along with free WiFi throughout the property. Local points of interest like Hiroshima Danbara Shopping Centre and Kat? Tomosabur? Bronze Statue are reachable within 3.2 km and 3.4 km, respectively. An American breakfast is available every morning at the guest house. Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park is 2.9 km from Roku Hostel Hiroshima, while Chosho-in Temple is 3 km from the property. The nearest airport is Iwakuni Kintaikyo Airport, 35 km from the accommodation.
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    • Rihga Royal Hotel Hiroshima
      Luxury
      Offering 6 dining options and a 24-hour front desk, Rihga Royal Hotel is 10 minutes from JR Hiroshima Train Station by car. Rooms include a flat-screen satellite TV and a private bathroom with bathtub. Free WiFi is available in all guest rooms. The hotel is 5 to 10-minute walk from the Atomic Bomb Dome and Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park. Hiroshima Museum of Art is a 2-minute walk from Rihga Royal Hotel Hiroshima, while Hiroshima Castle is approximately 6 minutes away on foot. Miyajimaguchi Station can be reached via a 50-minute train ride. The air-conditioned guest rooms at Rihga Royal Hotel Hiroshima come with a desk, trouser press, hairdryer and bathroom amenities. An air purifier is provided for guests as well. Serta beds are used in all rooms for a comfortable stay. All Day Dining LUORE offers a wide variety of dishes in a buffet style. Restaurant Chambord features French cuisine, while Naniwa serves Japanese specialties. Chinese food, teppanyaki, sushi and Continental dishes are also available. Dining Bar Rihga Top offers city views from the 33rd floor. At an extra fee, guests can swim laps at the pool or work out at the fitness centre (Age restrictions apply).
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