Rain, rain, go away! Places to go in Hiroshima when it rains

Nov 20, 2017

Rain, rain, go away! Places to go in Hiroshima when it rains

How’s about this rain hey? Well, actually, no, that’s not what most of us have been asking or saying here in Hiroshima. It involves far more colourful language and none of it is positive. Combined with fluctuating temperatures, it’s causing all sorts of problems, particularly with people who have allergies. More to the point though, it seems to get worse on the weekends, which means all the plans for fun and adventure everyone has had, need to be cancelled. Overall, it’s just making everyone feel lousy and depressed.

Especially, since when I did a Google search of things to do on a rainy day I only got hits for things in Tokyo. Not cool Hiroshima. Actually, let’s not blame Hiroshima, there are things to do but no one has been bothered to compile a list. So, I got busy and decided to do it for everyone, but mostly for myself so I don’t stay at home and continue to wallow in misery.

When it’s raining in Tokyo there are literally tons of things you can do (just try doing a Google search!) But when it comes to Hiroshima, there is nothing. Nothing on Google, I mean, not nothing to do. And I/we should know because it’s been raining for weeks here. Or at least, that’s how it seems.

What can you do apart from sitting at home in your apartment watching endless YouTube clips?

Well, here are just a few suggestions. Please note that these do involve leaving the comfort of your home and may involve getting a tad wet, even with your umbrella, which you must take, of course.

I’ve separated these into different categories depending on your interests.

Art and History Lovers:

  • Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
  • Hiroshima Prefectural Art Museum
  • Hiroshima Museum of Art
  • Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art

Family ideas (for those with kids):

  • Hiroshima Children’s Museum
  • BorneLund (a FANTASTIC play area for children located in Pacela. I’m fairly sure I had more fun than the students I took!)
  • Marina Hop Aquarium
  • Hiroshima City Transportation Museum

Shop-Till-You-Drop Fans:

  • Aeon Mall Fuchu
  • ALPARK Mitsui Shopping Park
  • Kamiyacho Shareo (underground shopping mall)

Movie Buffs:

  • Wald 11 Cinemas Hiroshima (located within Aeon Mall Fuchu)
  • 109 Cinemas Hiroshima (located in ALPARK Mitsui Shopping Park)

Then of course there are endless options for those who love coffee. Stroll around within the shopping centres or downtown and you will find something. Bring a book and you’re set for a rainy day.


Art and History Lovers:

http://hpmmuseum.jp/?lang=eng (English version)

http://www.hpam.jp/english/ (English version)

http://www.hiroshima-museum.jp/en/ (English version)

https://www.hiroshima-moca.jp/en/ (English version)


Family ideas (for those with kids):

http://www.pyonta.city.hiroshima.jp/english/index.html (English version)

https://kidokid.bornelund.co.jp (Japanese only)

http://mariho-aquarium.com (Some English available on the website which is easy to navigate for the main information you need)

http://www.vehicle.city.hiroshima.jp/VEHICLE_HP/Contents/04_riyou_annai/0401_kaikan/riyou2.html (Japanese only)


Shop-Till-You-Drop Fans:

https://en.aeonmall.global/mall/hiroshimafuchu-aeonmall/ (English version)

https://mitsui-shopping-park.com/alpark/en/ (English version)

http://www.shareo.net (Japanese only)



http://kinezo.jp/pc/wald11 (Japanese only)

http://109cinemas.net/hiroshima/ (Some English available on the Japanese website which means easy to navigate!)


By Cheng-en Cheng (P1230758) [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

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