Hiroshima with kids |1 night 2 days itinerary


We had a 1-night, 2-day trip to Hiroshima with my 17-month-old son in March 2023. We have traveled quite a few times, yet this was the very first time we traveled with just the two of us. Before the trip, I did a lot of research and found the most efficient route to cover all the items on my bucket list.

So, let me share our travel itinerary and my honest review, including what could have been done better, as well as introducing the minimalist belongings. For parents with little babies, I have listed some baby & kids resting / breastfeeding rooms in popular spots in Hiroshima.

I hope this article may help one of you!

Day 1: Hiroshima Sightseeings

9:00 to 11:00
Nagoya to Hiroshima via Shinkansen (2h20m)

Before boarding the Shinkansen, I stopped by a ‘Tenmusu’ shop to grab a small rice ball with shrimp, just in case he gets hungry on the way. Tenmusu is one of the most popular regional foods in Nagoya! Mr. R slept in the Shinkansen for 2 hours, so it was as smooth as silk!

Tenmusu Shop ( Senjyu)
  • Operation hours: 8:00 to 20:30
  • B1 floor of Kintetsu Passe ( Right next to the Meitetsu Train)
  • Tenmusu 5pc: 810 yen / 10pc: 1,620 yen
Lunch at Hiroshima St.

We actually had Shirunashi Tantan noodles, which is a regional dish of Hiroshima, but I do not recommend it for kids as it’s spicy! Well, I should have customized the spice level to zero, but I ordered the maximum level… Oops! I enjoyed it, but Mr. R had a little rice ball at the shop instead.

Hiroshima Castle

Mr. R seemed to really enjoy strolling around the castle! However, please watch carefully to ensure that your kids do not jump into the canal. You may also find one of the precious trees that was exposed to the atomic bomb in the park! We took a little ice cream break in the castle park, and the sakura ice cream was delicious!

Peace Park

We got close to the Atomic Bomb Dome, just in front of it, and learned about its history outside of the classroom. Unfortunately, we couldn’t visit the memorial museum as it was crowded. Instead, we played at the World Peace monument in the Peace Park, and little R also enjoyed strolling around the park.


The hotel is located just 5 minutes from the Peace Park. Although the check-in time is from 15:00, they kindly gave me a room key an hour early at no extra charge. I tried to let him take a nap, but it failed! He was so energetic and eager to discover new things! I reviewed this hotel in detail in my previous blog, so please check it out. I highly recommend it!”

Dinner at Okonomiyaki Micchan

While most Okonomiyaki places are not suitable for kids because the Teppan Grill is in front of the table, Micchan is a very kid-friendly restaurant! The restaurant is a decent size, has some kids’ chairs, and they serve dish by dish. So, we both really enjoyed Hiroshima Okonomiyaki safely. For more details, click here!”

Cocktail at The roof top bar in the hotel

We received some Knot Coins upon check-in, so I enjoyed drinking white wine while Mr. R enjoyed some little sweets on the rooftop at the hotel. The view and atmosphere were pretty nice. My accommodation plan included this package, but you can also purchase Knot Coins separately.

Laundry time in the room

As a minimalist, I don’t bring many items, including kids’ clothes, during travel. I wash them out at the washbasin with hand soap, then squeeze them by hand. Afterward, I squeeze them with bath towels and let them dry. Drying clothes in the room is actually good for winter as they dry pretty quickly in the room. However, I realized that the hotel has a laundry machine on the 2nd floor! Hahaha.

Day 2: Miyajima sightseeings


While most hotel breakfasts are buffet-style, here they offer a different style, and I absolutely loved it. Coffee, soft drinks, and soups are free-flowing, and the food and staff were really nice. I reviewed the breakfast experience in detail here!

9:30 to 10:20
Ferry ride via “World Heritage Sea Route”

The easiest and most enjoyable way to visit Miyajima is by ferry. The ride takes approximately 45 minutes and goes directly to Miyajima. I highly recommend booking tickets in advance as this mode of transportation is quite popular. The ferry not only serves as transportation but also offers a scenic view of the world heritage site during the ride.

10:30 to 11:00
Itsukushima Shrine

Pay an entrance fee at The Itsukushima Shrine (a World Heritage Site) and explore the historical architecture and scenic views inside! If you want to take a picture just in front of the shrine gate, you may have to wait in a long queue. However, there are many spots to take good pictures, so no worries!

11:00 to 12:00
Miyajima Aquarium

We visited Miyajima Aquarium for Mr. R, but it turned out to be enjoyable for adults too. The aquarium is barrier-free, so I had no issues walking around with the stroller. Additionally, the toilets are clean too.

12:00 to 14:00
Foods hunting at Food Street

I wanted to enjoy the street foods, so we skipped having lunch at a restaurant. Instead, we had fried momiji-manjyu, lemon squash, and grilled oysters. Mr. R fell asleep while he was in the baby carrier, so I enjoyed the extra bonus time to eat the grilled oysters again.

14:00 to 15:00
Heading back to Hiroshima St.

We already reserved a ferry ride ticket, so we just paid a few hundred yen more to get to Miyajima-Kou, which only takes a 10-minute ferry ride. Then, we took a JR train heading back to Hiroshima Station.

Mr. R woke up after his 2-hour nap, so he had a late lunch that I brought in the bag for emergencies. These packaged foods are very convenient, especially during travel.

15:00 to 15:50
Souvenir & Food hunting & The kids resting area

Before boarding the Shinkansen, we did some last-minute shopping at Ekie, which is connected with JR Hiroshima Station. We bought some snacks and a small dinner for the Shinkansen ride, as well as souvenirs for my family. While you can change baby/kids diapers on the Shinkansen, I recommend visiting the baby & kids resting area as it’s clean and equipped with breastfeeding rooms.

The Minimalist belongings

Kids Items (17months)
  • Kids cloth 1 set
  • Diapers & Night sleep Diapers (Oyasumiman)
  • Kids eating items: Silicon bib, Spoon, Food cutter, water bottle
  • Kids snacks
  • 2 packs of kids lunch for emergencies
  • Wet wipes
  • Kids Soap & tooth brush
  • Stroller
  • Few zip locks
  • Stickers & Sticker Book

As I mentioned earlier, I hand-washed my son’s clothes in the room, so I didn’t bring extra clothes to avoid having too many belongings. One set of his clothes can also double as his pajamas.

Wet wipes can also be used for wiping hands and mouths. I usually ask the hotel if they have kids’ amenities, and if not, I bring my own.

My items
  • iPhone charger & mobile battery
  • Make up items
  • Cloth ( Underwear only.)
  • Hear Treatment & skincare mini bottles
  • iPad

Since we traveled in March and didn’t get sweaty, I didn’t bring any clothes except for my underwear. I used the hotel’s pajamas and hand-washed socks and undergarments in the room. Usually, hotel shampoo isn’t great, so I only brought my own little hair treatment.

The baby & kids resting area

:Breast-feeding room, :Changing Diaper station

If you cannot find a breastfeeding room, I usually bring my breastfeeding cover/cape with me. I don’t really recommend breastfeeding without a cover in public, considering Japanese culture and manners.

If your child can stand or walk, you don’t even have to find a specific room. I usually change him in the restroom. However, you can dispose of the diaper in most changing rooms, so you don’t have to carry it during your travels.

Hiroshima St. Area
  • Doutor Coffee Shop, JR Hiroshima St. Shinkansen exit 2F: &
  • Hiroshima St. inside the ticket gate: &
  • Hiroshima St. Ekie 2F: &
  • Sheraton Grand Hotel Hiroshima 3F: &
  • ASSE 4F: &
  • Hiroshima St. Ekie 2F: &
Hiroshima tourist destination Area
  • Hotel MielParque Hiroshima 5F : &
  • Edion Hiroroshima Main store East building 7F: &
  • Hiroshima Gate Park 1F: &
  • SOGO Hiroshima Main building 6F: &
  • Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum : &
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