INSIDE: The Hiroshima Kids Museum is a hidden surprise!
- 1 Hiroshima for Kids
- 2 Hiroshima City Fun for Everyone!
- 3 Hiroshima Children’s Museum – The Four Levels
- 4 Stop at the Hiroshima Children’s Museum Shop
- 5 Hiroshima in One Day with Kids
- 6 More Photos of Hiroshima Children’s Museum
- 7 Hiroshima Kids Museum Shop
- 8 The Inside Scoop – Hiroshima Kids Day Out
- 9 Map of Hiroshima Childrens Museum
- 10 Toadstool Rating.
- 11 Looking for More Fun Things to Do in Hiroshima with Kids?
Hiroshima for Kids
Hiroshima is not known for its’ kid-friendly activities but dig a little and you’ll find parks, playgrounds and THIS fabulous museum.
It’s about a 10 minute walk from the A-bomb dome, on the other side of the main road, surrounded by beautiful parkland and with a life-size train to climb on board and play on just outside.
The museum will likely be full of Japanese kids having a raucous ball as they squeal, shriek, run around and be kids. (It’s refreshing, as a lot of the time when you see Japanese kids, they are so well behaved and quiet, and considered in public.) You may be the only foreigners there.
But that’s half the fun! I love watching my kids play with other kids, despite the language barrier and few common words spoken. Body language is everything. Play is universal.
Hiroshima City Fun for Everyone!
The Hiroshima Children’s Museum is four storeys of hands-on activities.
Instructions are mostly in Japanese, with the odd scattering of English (or pseudo English) words, but most activities can be worked out by the pictorial instructions, or by watching the kids in front of you play the game and copying their lead.
Hiroshima Children’s Museum – The Four Levels
The centrepiece of the Hiroshima Childrens Museum is the Science Adventure Gym with access on both the ground floor, and the one above. This space-age hi-tech gadget playground reminds me of Doctor Who, and the Daleks, with coloured glass, steel, rings, metal shapes, grates and bars creating a fun environment for kids to explore.
There’s also a rainbow brick road leading to Science Fantasy Land, with a Giant Electromagnet, a smaller version of the Ball Maze Energy Machine we loved in the Hong Kong Science Museum, and a “How fast can you run” track.
Dr Scitech’s Lab on Level Two has all the hands-on activities for kids to press buttons, twirl dials, and spin rotors.
There’s model trains, a space capsule to sit in and fly, a Virtual Reality tv game based on farm life, an earthquake model that shakes when you spin the wheel, and a bunch of computer games with Japanese instructions. The kids loved the Green Screen where suddenly you were swimming in the ocean with a Great White Shark!
Visit the Astronomy exhibition, and the Crafts and Science room on this floor to see models, crafts, dioramas and Science displays by the local kids.
Level four is host to the Planetarium and the Ham Radio room.
Stop at the Hiroshima Children’s Museum Shop
Guaranteed you will not be able to leave the Hiroshima Kids Museum without buying at least one toy/gadget/science experiment. Luckily, this cute Japanese shop has quality toys, experiments, books, gadgets and things galore, including lots of ‘pocket money’ priced items. I’d visit the museum just for the shop. It’s that good.
Hiroshima in One Day with Kids
If you are visiting Hiroshima with kids in one day, start with the A-bomb dome and Sadako’s crane, enjoy lunch and a play in the Hiroshima Peace Park, and head to the Hiroshima Kids Museum after lunch for an hour or two.
It’s a great air-conditioned space where you can let the kids roam free, so a good place to catch your breath and allow yourself a few minutes peace to reflect upon the atrocities of war and digest all you’ve seen and heard without the kids in your face.
More Photos of Hiroshima Children’s Museum
Hiroshima Kids Museum Shop
The Inside Scoop – Hiroshima Kids Day Out
Correct at time of publication. Please check with venue for updates. We apologise in advance if there have been any changes we are unaware of. All prices in ** dollars.
Address: 5-83 Motomachi, Naka Ward, Hiroshima City, Hiroshima, 730-0011, Japan
Website: Click here
Opening Hours: 9:00 – 17:00
- Hiroshima Children’s Museum is closed every Monday, the day after National holidays, Year-end and new year holidays (from Dec.29 to Jan.3)
Entry Fees: Admission is free except for planetarium.
- Children – Free
- High school students 250 yen
- Adults 510 yen
- 65years old and older 250 yen
Planetarium opening times:
- Weekdays (Tues to Fri) 11:00, 13:00, 14:00, 15:00
- Sat, Sun, National and School holidays: 10:00, 11:00, 13:00, 14:00, 15:00; 16:00
- Planetarium show is about for 50 minutes.
How to get there:
- By Tram/Streetcar: If you take a streetcar, get off at the A-bomb Dome stop. (It takes about 20 min. from Hiroshima sta.) Then, walk for 300m from the stop.
Parking: As we have no parking available here, please take public transportation.
Map of Hiroshima Childrens Museum
Nearest takeaway coffee and/or food options: Cafe Jardin, and Subway are close by. Click here for more food options.
Toilets: Yes, including baby change table
Disability access: Yes, lift access to higher floors. Wheelchair friendly.
Closest playground: Motomachi nature play plaza is in the same park as the museum, walking the opposite direction to the A-bomb dome, on the left.
The Hiroshima Children’s Museum was last reviewed in February 2019.
A fabulous find.
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Visit Hiroshima Peace Park and Sadako Crane for a child-friendly experience of Hiroshima