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World Friendship Center
Reviewed 7 December 2013

We were a group of three German tourists to enjoy the astonishing hospitality of WFC. Although we only stayed for one night, the staff welcomed us like friends of the family, had breakfast prepared in a similar wonderful way and were generous in a way you could not expect from a hotel.
Hiroshima is a touching place to stay, the fate of the city does not leave you cold. It was wonderful to stay in the World Friendship Center and feel like – friends.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled with friends
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Thank Reiner P
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Reviewed 3 December 2013

My friend and I had a great experience staying two nights at the World Friendship Centre. Richard and Xinia are doing a brilliant job hosting people and making it a special place to visit. The tour and hibakusha talk add immeasurably to the experience of visiting Hiroshima. The breakfast is lovely and the guesthouse is conveniently located. Thank you Richard and Xinia!

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled with friends
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Thank purplepalms
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Reviewed 30 November 2013

My friend and I stayed here for 2 days and were so well looked after by Xinia and Richard. They organized an excellent tour of the peace park for us, gave us pumpkin pie and chatted with us over tea, and we all watched a film together on Sun night. This place has a lovely atmosphere and I definitely recommend staying here.

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled with friends
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Thank Kate L
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Reviewed 31 October 2013

My best friend Haley and I stayed at the WFC for our two nights in Hiroshima during our 10 day trip to Japan. We couldn't have asked for a better experience! Xinia and Richard felt like our own grandparents by the time we left and our conversations over breakfast with them are some of our favorite memories of the trip. We went on a tour of the Peace Park from two adorable Japanese women that were so funny and informative as well as talked with an A-bomb survivor... a very moving experience. Having now visited both Pearl Harbor and Hiroshima, I have a much deeper understanding of the impacts of WWII all across the globe. Our second day it was pouring rain but we ventured to Miyajima Island anyways (with umbrellas graciously provided by the WFC) and we are so glad we did!

All in all, if you're traveling to Japan I would say this is a MUST DO. You'll feel right at home, have excellent hosts, and get to experience more than just the big city feel of Tokyo. I would recommend this to ANYONE and EVERYONE!!!

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 13 October 2013

I've juste read on tripadvisor that everybody had an amazing stay in this place, n so did we with my brother. Unfortunately, i had no more than one nite to spend in Hiroshima but Xinia made it wonderful allowing us to leave at dawn for Myajima with a delicious breakfast left in the fridge for us! Richard, his husband, even had us a tasty donuts which actually gave him an excuse to get some more the following morning cos' there was some left it the box... ;) Thanks a million for being so welcoming and adding with the fabulous japanese volunteers from Hiroshima your own brick to the wall of peace we should all be building together.

See you soon, hasta luego et à bientôt!

Raphaël

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled with family
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Thank Hythloday
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Reviewed 10 October 2013

My wife and I along with my 2 daughters were at the WFC for 2 nights this Sep. We had a great time at the WFC and an experience second to none at the Hiroshima Memorial Park all thanks to the free guided tour, given by Mikeda (a volunteer with the WFC) and the A-Bomb survivor story which was all arranged by Xinia and Richard at the WFC. Mikeda spent nearly the entire morning with us giving us insight into all the monuments that we never could have expected to get with the average tour company.

The WFC itself was a great place to stay in. It's basically a house managed by Xinia and Richard. When we walked into the place the 1st time, the welcome reception bestowed to us made is feel like we had known each other for years. All throughout our stay we were well taken care off in terms of our accommodation and also help in getting around Hiroshima and Miyajima island. My only regret is that we never really got too much time to just relax at the WFC and have a good talk with them because of our tight schedule.

Anyways I can recommend the WFC without any reservations to anyone as pretty much a home away from home.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled with family
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Thank Desmond_D_F
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Reviewed 27 September 2013

We stayed at the World Friendship Center (WFC) in Hiroshima for three nights and enjoyed it. While the rooms were quite simple (futons on tatami) the hospitality and location were outstanding. The Peace Park is roughly a 15 minutes walk away. The WFC provides free guided tours on request. Just let them know in advance. Our guide was very nice and very knowledgeable. It was definitely worthwhile. Also there are great places to eat nearby. Just ask the staff. They will know. For one, on the same street just a 100 meters away is a very small place ran by two women. It's directly at the nearest intersection. Then there is a great Ramen restaurant close by. It is said to be one of the best in the whole of Japan. The next convenience store is a couple of blocks away (5 minutes walk).

Communication was no problem, as the people running the hostel are Americans. Very good, western style breakfast is included.

Booking via their website and email was no big deal.

In my opinion great value for money.

  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank i001106
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Additional Information about World Friendship Center

Address: 8-10 Higashikannonmachi, Nishi-ku, Hiroshima 733-0032, Hiroshima Prefecture
Region: Japan > Chugoku > Hiroshima Prefecture > Hiroshima
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 34 Speciality lodging in Hiroshima
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
"To foster peace, one friend at a time." World Friendship Center (WFC)was founded by Barbara Reynolds on August 7th, 1965 (20 years after the Atomic Bombing of Hiroshima) to provide a place where people from many nations can meet, share their experiences and reflect on peace. Barbara Reynolds had first come to Hiroshima in 1951 with her family while her husband, Earl, was engaged in research on the effects of radiation. Barbara became an advocate on behalf of Hibakusha (bomb survivors) and traveled the world advocating for the abolishment of nuclear weapons. The WFC continues to operate with volunteers who share her vision of peace. WFC can schedule Hibakusha (A-bomb survivors) first-hand accounts of how their lives have been impacted by the Atomic bomb. WFC offers Peace Park tours with local English speaking volunteers. Overnight accommodation is available in traditional Japanese sleeping rooms on futons.; shared toilets and showers. Breakfast is provided. ... more   less 
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World Friendship Center Hotel Hiroshima

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