Information & Facts
The climate in Hiroshima is generally temperate, with four
distinct seasons. The weather can get very hot during summer (June
to August) with the most rain falling in June and July. Winter
(December to February) is generally cool and sunny but there is
often light snowfall any time between December and March.
Hiroshima still operates an extensive tram network, called
Hiroden. Most tram routes emanate from the JR Hiroshima Station,
charging a flat rate within the city centre. The city also has a
metro system, which only serves the northern suburbs, and is not
usually useful for visitors.
Japanese is the official language. Most Japanese people
will have studied English at school, but few can speak it well or
understand what is said to them.
The currency is the Japanese Yen (JPY), which is equal to 100
sen. Major credit cards are accepted in the larger hotels and
stores, but most Japanese operate with cash. Cash and travellers
cheques can be exchanged in banks, post offices and currency
exchange bureaux. Banks are usually open Monday to Friday 9am to
3pm. Travellers cheques offer the best exchange rate and are best
taken in US dollars. ATMs do not accept all credit and debit cards;
only the international ATMs in post offices, airports and some
Local time is GMT +9.