3 Great Museums in Hiroshima

by Luke - TripleLights travel specialist

No trip to Hiroshima would be complete without a visit to the incredibly named Wood Egg Okonomiyaki Museum, a great place to learn about this Japanese dish of batter and cabbage. So, if you are traveling around Hiroshima and fancy stopping by at a museum or two, then here are some ideas for the best museums in the prefecture:

Wood Egg Okonomiyaki Museum 

3 Great Museums in Hiroshima

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Okonomiyaki is the soul food of Hiroshima. And at Wood Egg Okonomiyaki Museum which is run by the okonomiyaki sauce producer Otafuku Sauce Ltd., there are 3 courses available in which you can tour a museum related to the famous dish, enjoy a factory tour and even cook your own okonomiyaki. Please note that all courses require prior reservations. At the 2nd-floor Okonomuseum, you can learn about the history and trivia regarding okonomiyaki and Otafuku sauce where many of the visitors have gotten that nostalgic feeling for the recreation of the 1950s when okonomiyaki was first made and the postwar carts which served it. In the 1st-floor shop, along with rare items including spatulas and noren restaurant sign curtains, there are also interesting products such as sauces for children and non-allergenic okonomiyaki flour on sale so that they are perfect as souvenirs.

Guidebook from Planetyze about Wood Egg Okonomiyaki Museum 
Tours of Wood Egg Okonomiyaki Museum 

Hiroshima Prefectural Art Museum

3 Great Museums in Hiroshima

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The Hiroshima Prefectural Art Museum is located right in front of the Shukkei-en Mae trolley stop in the center of Hiroshima City. In the 1st-floor lobby of this modern building, there is a huge atrium which is a very open space that anyone can enter. The permanent displays begin with the Important Cultural Property of the Imari Porcelain Flower Bowl and include profound art works connected with Hiroshima as well as many major works by artists such as Salvador Dali. Tickets can be purchased so that you can come back and forth between the museum and the adjoining Shukkei-en Garden which is a nationally designated Place of Scenic Beauty. Since the wall facing the garden is all in glass, you can enjoy the landscape of the four seasons including the early spring plum and the colors of autumn.

Guidebook from Planetyze about Hiroshima Prefectural Art Museum
Tours of Hiroshima Prefectural Art Museum

Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum

3 Great Museums in Hiroshima

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Along with the Atomic Bomb Dome, this is a place for learning about the atomic bombing. Starting merely four years after the atomic bombing, materials related to the damage and suffering caused by the atomic bomb had been exhibited since 1949. Then in 1955, the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum was opened. This museum conveys the conditions at the time of the bombing by a wide range of display including explanations of the structure and destructive power of the atomic bomb, explanations of radioactivity, heat rays, the blast, and damages caused by fire, as well as an exhibition of the belongings of the victims. Even visitors of generations with no war experience are certain to receive an intense impact from the exhibited items which include valuable evidences such as a scorched lunch box, a burnt uniform, stone steps marked with a person’s shadow created by the heat rays, and traces of black rain. Visitors are allowed to touch the exhibited heat ray-damaged roof tiles which were melt and rendered into a bubbly form by the massive heat.

Guidebook from Planetyze about Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Tours of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum

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23 Dec 2015

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“ We were able to know where the atomic bomb dropped, the remnants of the building, the museum is full of details wherein 1 touched me the most - the little boy who died while riding the bike. ”

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Michi gave my wife and I an amazing day tour in Hiroshima. Before we ever met, Michi worked with our arrival and departure schedule to customize the tour. She accommodated all of our requests, including meeting us at the airport and pre-purchasing event and transit tickets so we wouldn't have to wait in lines. First she gave us a broad and interesting overview of the area, going back more th...
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We only had a short time ...but had a wonderful time ! Thanks!
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1 week ago Traveler: Michael -   Tour Guide: Michiru

Had 2 days with our guide Michi. Went to Kentai Bridge and Miyajima on day1 and Hiroshima peace museum and gardens plus Saijo (sake town ) on day2. Michi was delightful very knowledgeable and good company. Thank you Michi for 2 wonderful days. Michael & Mary
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1 week ago Traveler: Arthur -   Tour Guide: Michiru

My wife and I scheduled a day with Michi and had a customized tour that met our expectations perfectly. We were pretty worn out by the time we got to this part of our trip and she adjusted the schedule to fit our less than energetic pace. She was extremely prepared and informative and spoke excellent english. She was easy to talk to and a pleasure to be around. Highly reccommend her.
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1 week ago Traveler: Carol -   Tour Guide: Michiru

Michiru gave us a wonderful tour of Miyajima island and the Peace Park. Her knowledge and ability to convey it made for an unforgettable day. And a huge bonus is that she has been trained to speak on behalf of the atomic bomb survivors and gave us a private 45 minute talk on behalf of one of the survivors. It was a moving and thought provoking end to an amazing day. I highly recommend!!!
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1 week ago Traveler: Sheila -   Tour Guide: MAYUMI

Mayumi was a Hiroshima “expert” based on personal experience and study. She provided insights and details we never could have picked up on our own. She was very warm and friendly and gave us additional information about other trips, bus schedules and whatever we asked.
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2 weeks ago Traveler: Lauren -   Tour Guide: Mitsuyo

We hired Mitsuyo for a custom tour introducing us to local hiroshima life and expecially popular local foods. We had so much fun and our tour was educational, experiential and of course DELICIOUS! thank you Mitsyuo for your kind attention, funny stories, and all the happiness you gave us.
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2 weeks ago Traveler: Nicholas -   Tour Guide: CHIZURU

My wife and I had a fantastic time in Hiroshima. We went to the Peace Park, A-bomb dome, and Miyajima. Chizuru was very flexible with the schedule and really showed us a great time.
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