We stayed at the Ark Hotel Hiroshima for two nights during our month-long tour of Japan. Our stay coincided with Golden Week, the Flower Festival and a concert so Hiroshima hotels were fully booked. We were slightly sceptical when only this hotel was coming up with availability but what a great place it turned out to be.
The Ark Hotel Hiroshima is very well-situated approx five minutes’ walk from JR Hiroshima train station (south exit). There are lots of restaurants nearby.
We had a large, comfortable, quiet room at the back of the hotel in the annex building. There were tea making facilities, a fridge and hairdryer. Internet connection was free but via a cable in the bedroom. There were two computers for general use in the entrance hall.
On the 10th floor of the annex were baths which were great to relax in at the end of a busy day sightseeing. Next to the baths were laundry facilities, vending machines and massage chairs.
Our rate included breakfast which was excellent – a range of Japanese and European food and very friendly staff.
The hotel staff did not speak English but were very friendly and polite.
1. The tram goes from near the hotel (and from the station) to the Peace Memorial Park (approx 15 minutes) – 150 yen flat fare for inner city travel.
2. Miyajima Island is very easy to reach from Hiroshima. Take the JR Sanyo line from Hiroshima to Miyajima-guchi, a three minute walk to the ferry terminal, 10 minute ferry ride. Transport operated by JR so train and ferry are included in the JR train passes.
3. There’s an excellent bus service from the North Exit of the station to the airport. 3-4 buses an hour, journey takes 45 minutes, 1300 yen single, 2350 yen return.
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