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“Not for everyone- A bit crumby, location not good comparatively” 2 of 5 bubbles
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World Friendship Center
New Zealand
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Not for everyone- A bit crumby, location not good comparatively”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2008

We stayed here in Oct 08 and were a bit disappointed. I agree with the other reviews that the volunteers were friendly and easy going and gave good advice. It was also interesting to have breakfast with other travellers at the same table to talk with. However we found the place over priced, a bit shoddy and poor a location, compared to other hotels for much the same price.

Heres why:

The price has gone up - Its now 7800 yen (cash only) for 2 people and you get twin beds and have to share 1 shower. There are some very good modern hotels for a similar price (8000-8800 yen) with your own bathroom and free japanese breakfast, free internet pcs and far better location.

Poor Location- Its on the wrong (West) side of the peace park in a residential area-15min walk to peace park with not much around. Other hotels are on the commercial (East) side and a similar distance or closer to the peace park, but with hundreds of good restaurants and shops all around you and on the way. From WFC to the commercial area its about a 30 min walk or 10 min walk and a tram ride. Its worth going into town if only for the excellent hiroshima style okonomiyaki at Okononomi-mura in the commercial area and theres not much choice around WFC.

Rooms- There is nothing in the room except the beds, a light and a clock and not much space. The pillows are awful (big sewed-in hole in the middle!) I found it a bit old and shabby and little details like having an electric socket next to your head when in bed, made it all seem a bit shoddy.
In hotels for a similar price you get a beautiful and comfortable modern room and ensuite, lots of amenities like TV, slippers, tea and coffee and a kettle, english newspapers, shampoos, moisturisers, razors, a mirror and hairdryer etc etc which are missing in rooms at the WFC.

Internet- It costs 300 yen to use the pool PC for internet (usually free). Theres a washing machine but with STAFF USE ONLY sign.

Getting a shower in the morning- Sharing with 7 other people and with breakfast at either 7:45 or 8:30 means a rush for the shower and waiting around. Its an old bathroom with blocked drain in the shower at the time.

Sure the breakfast is a social experience, but without a shared lounge, its not that social here outside of that time.

9:30 check out time! (usually 10)
No Alcohol !

Its not a japanese experience staying here. The place is setup in western style except that you sleep on the floor have tatami floor in the rooms and take off shoes at the door. Theres not the Japanese attention to detail that one may start to become accustomed to. Its kind of like staying for free at friends house or a student flat, except that you pay. If you want a Japanese experience you will find a Japanese run Ryokan much more japanese.

I would recommend the better value Toyoko inn (8000, for 2 people) or Hotel Active 8800 (for 2 people) over this place for a far superioir, more comfortable room, your own bathroom and all the little japanese touches that make Japan so cool! Comfort Hotel Hiroshima Otemachi (8500 2ppl) is also a good option.

However, if you want a more western experience, western breakfast (toast and muesli, although its easy to get bread and use the often supplied grill ovens anyway), speak to some fellow travellers during breakfast and dont mind some discomfort and inconvenience you may like to stay here.
Their brochure says the volunteers are from the Bretheren church and they have some "peace" activities, also on their website, which you may wish to read before you assume they have a worthwhile impact on world peace.

For us it was the crumbiest place we stayed in Japan and one of the more expensive.

  • Liked — social breakfast, helpful friendly staff
  • Disliked — Location, shabby room, single shared shower, poor value
  • Stayed October 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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7 Thank argeybargey
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Des Moines, IA
Level Contributor
35 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 5, 2008

We stayed at World Friendship Center for one night in September, 2008. Our room was cool and quiet at the height of Japan's hot, humid, and rainy typhoon season.

We arrived at the Center after a night on Miyajima. Kent gave us detailed instructions prior to arrival on how to use public transportation, but we took a taxi from the station since we had our packs. The driver had some trouble finding it, but entered the information we had into his GPS and found it quickly. The center is in a quiet neighborhood along the river.

Our room was on the second floor with fantastic air conditioning and fans. The room had two futons and a small table. The closet had board games and extra blankets. The restroom upstairs had a sink and toilet and the bathroom downstairs had toilet, tub, and shower. Breakfast was fabulous - toast, juice, fruit, cereal, and more. We ate with other guests at a small kitchen table.

Checkout was at 9:30am, which was fine because Kent and Sarah had arranged for an early guided tour of Peace Park. The park was 15 minutes away on foot.

We couldn't have asked for nicer hosts and recommend the Center highly.

  • Stayed September 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank CheapTravel
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GOLD COAST, QUEENSLAND
Level Contributor
7 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2008

This is a great place to stay, easy going couple running it, information available if you want it, good breakfast included in cheap price, nice rooms, a/c, big room, only 2 floors, toilet on our floor, bathroom and kitchen below, highly recommended, bit of a walk to public transport tho, 15 mins from Peace Park, good maps available for transport and restaurants etc. Got taxi from train station as it was easier - cost $17 AUD. Walk from tram would have been too far with our suitcases and backpacks.

  • Liked — Easy going, nicely run
  • Disliked — Bit of a walk from public transport.
  • Stayed September 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank JANICE75
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London
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82 reviews
56 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 30, 2008

A really containing place to stay in a good location in Hiroshima. The volunteers who run it go out of their way to make your stay comfortable and interesting. The rooms are quite basic with shared bathrooms but clean and comfortable. The western breakfasts come as a relief after travelling in Japan. The fact that free tours and meetings with survivors are arranged for you makes a huge difference. I would highly recommend this as a place to stay in Hiroshima. Very good value as well.
Ricky and Louise Emanuel
London UK

  • Liked — Friedliness of staff, location and whole atmosphere
  • Disliked — Rooms basic
  • Stayed August 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank RickyLouise
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victoria
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 18, 2008

This quiet Japanese style house, just a fifteen minute walk from the Peace Park, is meticulously clean and comfortable. The rooms are spacious and the breakfast of muesli, toast, fresh fruit and yoghurt is filling and tasty - all this in addition to the directors' helpful advice and gracious hospitality. A great place to stay!

  • Stayed August 2008, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank jpsVictoria
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Oakville, Ontario
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 10, 2008

Our travels took us to Hiroshima, Japan in the early July of 2008... We wanted to stay at WFC which we've booked prior to our departure from Canada. Upon our late arrival to Hiroshima, Kent and Sarah were waiting for us. We were exhausted from climbing Mount Fuji the same day and Kent ensured we get a good rest. It is hard not to replicate the previous reviews but the stay at WFC was truly memorable and all about the 'little things' that made it unique.

* Somebody waiting for you when you tired and dirty beyond imagination, dreaming of shower and good night sleep
* Room named Momiji (Maple)
* Kent taking our 5 year old son,Jack to the park at 6 am
* Sarah's amazing breakfast
* Meeting Hibakusha (arranged by Kent)
* Peace Park guided tour with Hibakusha (kind Chizuko)
* Sharing stories with other guests over morning breakfast
* Kent and Sarah educating us on Japanese culture.

Staying at WFC is one of the kind and not to be missed when visiting Hiroshima.

Thank you Kent and Sarah

  • Stayed July 2008, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Overide2
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Toronto
Level Contributor
9 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 4, 2008

if you go to hiroshima, you need to stay here. Kent and Sarah, the two volunteers, were fantastic! they were so helpful and accomodating for our group of 14 people. the breakfast they prepared was great and they have a wealth of information.

included in the price was a guided tour of the peace memorial park and museum and a talk with a survivor of the atomic bomb. the experience was incredible and these two did everything to make sure we felt at home.

the accomodations itself was in a japanese style house. 5 people slept in the main room, 4 upstairs, and 3 in the house next door. there are two showers to use. i can see how some people may not like the accomodations vs. staying in a hotel, but given all the extras you get, from Kent and Sarah help, to the tour to hearing the survivor speak, I'd strongly recommend anyone to stay here.

  • Stayed July 2008
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank ghel0050
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Property: World Friendship Center
Address: 8-10 Higashikannonmachi, Nishi-ku, Hiroshima 733-0032, Hiroshima Prefecture
Location: Japan > Chugoku > Hiroshima Prefecture > Hiroshima
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 22 Specialty lodging in Hiroshima
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Center for Peace Education. Free talks with Hibakusha *A-bomb survivors are included. Free tours in the Peace Park are included. Western style breakfast is included. ... more   less 
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