Hiroshima is a beautiful city with a fascinating history. There is a lot more to it than meets the eye which has led to its recent popularity among foreign tourists. The city might not have the metropolitan vibes of Tokyo or the opulence of Kyoto but it does have certain charms that the other two lack. Hiroshima is rarely busy and has a much easier transit system to navigate. The city is small by Japanese standards but still jam packed full of fun things to see and do.
Couples who make the journey are guaranteed to find something that interests them. There is history, art, nature, shopping, and excitement. The city also feels more personal, visitors might be able to snag a couple moments of privacy even in the most popular spots. In fact Hiroshima is a great romantic get away, here are five perfect date spots in Hiroshima city.
Shukkeien Garden translates to “the shrunken garden”. It is famous for its miniature bridges and plants. The garden is a beautiful little pocket of peace within the cityscape. The garden is right next to Hiroshima station but you would never guess from inside.It has a perfect wall of trees shrouding it from the outside world. It feels like you are in a totally different location. In the park you can calmingly stroll around the large pond and feed the dopey looking coy carp with your partner. You can just sit and watch the fish and turtles float around the ten tiny islands from the gazebos, or explore the exotic plant sections.
The park is the perfect place for a peaceful date and a quiet chat. Not only is it beautifully designed, but it is perfect for watching the seasons change. The leafs turn a crisp orange during autumn and create a golden ceiling that is reflected off the clear pond. In spring the whole garden becomes an energizing pink because of cherry blossom season.
The gardens are connected to the Hiroshima prefectural art museum. After you have checked out the garden tea house and miniature walk ways why not relax for a bit in the gorgeously designed museum? They have a wide range of art from all around the world, regularly holding exhibitions showcasing popular modern art such as Ghibli animations or the British character Shaun the Sheep.
A great place for history buffs or just those looking to snap some great pics. Hiroshima castle makes for an interesting day out for any couple. Like most castles in Japan this is a reconstruction after the original was destroyed, but it was built to the original specifications and will really make you feel like you have travelled back in time.
Couples can enter the castle and rise the steep ladder like steps, exploring each floor. The castle houses suits of armour, weaponry, and everyday artefacts from centuries past. At the top you can get amazing views of the castle grounds and the modern city beyond the mote.
The castle grounds are a wonderful place to take your date as well. There are plenty of benches under shade, perfect for a picnic, or you can head over to the gift shop that serves hot food and ice cream.
The castle keep is also an impressive building. It houses even more historical items and is totally free to enter.
A bit of a hike, but well worth it. Hijiyama park is close to Hiroshima station but it is on a large hill so can be a bit difficult to get to. You have to walk to one of the roads that lead up the hill or on the north side there is an escalator that takes you up practically all the way. The parks awkwardness means it was never developed into housing and remained the wildest part of Hiroshima.
Once you get up to the park you can capture stunning views of the entire city.
There are plenty of pleasant little paths for lovers to stroll down, many of which come with furry little walking companions. There are a lot of stray cats that live in Hijiyama park. They are all healthy and live very pampered lived for strays. Everyday locals head up to the park to feed and interact with the cats. These friendly felines will follow you around, begging for food, and rest in the laps of those who sit on the ground. It’s like a free open air cat cafe.
The park also has the Hiroshima City Museum of Modern Art and a manga library. On top of all this it is a great place to take a relaxing stroll and watch the leaves change.
You can not talk about Hiroshima without mentioning its unfortunate past. Peace Park was made not to praise those who died in the war as heroes but to frame the entire conflict as a mistake that should never happen again. The park is meant to promote world peace and a nuclear free future.
All around the park are commemorations to peace. Visitors can see the atomic bomb dome, the mostly destroyed building that has been left to show the devastation, or learn about the events in detail at the museum. These are not pleasant and they are not meant to be, but they are important.
Everybody should visit the museum once but the park is meant to be a joyous place for everyone. It’s a place to celebrate the hope for humanities future, to celebrate the differences between cultures and to unite as equals.
In the spring the park becomes a roaring party because of the cherry blossom season and the Japanese tradition of having a drinking party under the pink leaves. The park becomes even more lively at the Hiroshima flower festival. This stretches all around Hiroshima city but is concentrated in the park. The flower festival is a must date for couples in and around Hiroshima. The whole city comes alive with stalls, games, and live music. It’s the perfect opportunity to eat tasty food and dance in the street.
Hiroshima museum of art
This is the date spot for the sophisticated couple who likes cats. Hiroshima Museum of art is an intriguing place to visit as it houses some of the best art from all around the world and is international renowned for its collection. Couples can stroll around the open gallery admiring the works of artists such as Van Gogh, Monet, and Renoir.
The museum regularly has exhibits on cute subjects. In the past their exhibition halls have been filled with the works of Beatrix Potter and paintings of cats from all around the world.
The museum has a special fondness for cats and I suspect they try to get as many exhibitions that are cat related as possible. The cafe located inside the museum is actually cat themed. Cafe Jarden offers a range of desserts and drinks in the shape of cats. It’s ridiculously cute. They do their best to style the menu to fit whatever exhibition is currently at the museum, but they always have cute cat confections ready for customers.
Hiroshima is a brilliant place to take your lover or just visit in general. The city has modern conveniences, and is by no means rural, but it doesn’t have the stress and business of a city like Tokyo. If you want a romantic get away that has plenty of activities and a little privacy then why not take a trip to Hiroshima city.