The rooms are a bit larger than what I had found in Tokyo, but don't expect any view: there are buildings surounding the hotel. So, unless you have a room overlooking the street in front of the hotel, you'll be facing on of the walls of the nearby buildings. But I didn't spend much time in my room. The hotel is a stone throw from a streetcar station, Chuden-mae. To go to the A-bomb dome or the Peace museum, take the purple Streetcar (#3) or green (#7) almost right in front of the hotel, (be sure to take the streetcar in the right direction) and get off 4 stops later at Genbaku Dome-mae (Atomic Bomb Dome). The Streetcar is a tramway that runs on the street. The ride costs 150 yen ($2) and it’s a flat fee. The driver makes change for you in a machine sitting next to him, so no worries if you don’t have change. Getting off the streetcar, you’ll see the top of the dome. It’s a sight to see!!! The other attractions are all within walking distance (the Children’s monument, the Peace Memorial, etc.) You can even take a short cruise on the Motoyasu-gawa River.
The hotel has only one restaurant, and it’s rather small. Though the portions were small, I really liked the variety offered by the restaurant in their breakfast: eggs, some kind of salty fish –very tasty, an equally tasty soup, even rice (in the morning). Then next to the restaurant, there is a convenience store (of a popular chain in Japan). That C-store sells pre-packaged meals and they will warm it up for you in the microwave. Of course, that doesn’t beat a real meal from a real restaurant. But if you happen to come by late, that family mart stays open quite late. So, you can grab something.
To go to the airport, do NOT take a cab (unless you have heavy luggage). Otherwise, for 150 yen ($2), take the streetcar again (#3 or #7) and get off 3 stations later (i.e. one station before the A-bomb dome stop). Inside the shopping center across the street is the bus terminal (you will see the sign) where you buy a ticket (I think it’s 3,000 yen) for the airport limousine (which is a coach). The bus is comfortable, they load up your bag for you, and the drive is peaceful. Taking a taxi will likely set you back at least 12,000 yen or 15,000 yen (so $160 -$200).
To go to Miyajima (where the floating shrine is), take the green (#7) from the hotel to the last stop of Yokogawa station (do NOT take the purple as it doesn’t go to Yokogawa), and at Yokogawa train station, buy a ticket and take the train to the stop called Miyajima-guchi. You could also get off the green line (#7) before it gets to the last stop at Yokogawa and change at Tokaichi-machi for the Streetcar #2 (Red line). But the red line is a streetcar, and it has about 26 or 27 stops before the Miyajima station. The train get you there in 8 stops and goes WAY faster than the Streetcar which seems to go no faster than 30 miles/hour. The train goes above ground or underground most of the time. So if you want to enjoy the scenery and doon't min the time spent while the Red line streetcar drive across Hiroshima's streets, take the streetcars all the way.
If you checked out early and left your bags to go sight-seeing, upon retun, you can do a bit of freshening up in the hotel's small washroom near the lobby that allows you to freshen up (no shower, but the sink is unusually large, so you have room to maneuver). Thehotel has an expedited check-out: you put the key in a device, and that's alldoin lessthan 10 sec). The lobby area is on the small side, and there are only 2 sofas which fill up quickly when people check out and sit to hang around. If you have a few hours to spare, rather than standing in the lobby or playing musical chairs with other guests, while waiting for the time to go to airport, might as well go to the shopping center where your airport limousine is departing from. Hang around there and watch Japenese young folks mill around.
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