After Kyoto I jumped on the Shinkansen to Shin-Osaka, and then a second Shinkansen to Hiroshima. It’s around a 2 hour trip depending on how much time you need to wait for the connecting Shinkansen at Shin-Osaka.
There’s no shuttle bus from Hiroshima Station to the Crowne Plaza in Hiroshima but it’s quite easy to get to. Exit the station and get the Number 1 tram to the Fukuro-machi tram stop (second stop after the tram turns left) and it’s about a 2 minute walk to the hotel. Door to door about 25 minutes and costs ¥180.
One thing to be mindful of is that you can’t use a Suica card on the trams in Hiroshima. I purchased a Kansai One Pass in Kyoto which is an ICOCA card which will work on the trams.
I’d previously made a day trip to Hiroshima from Kyoto – it was a long day (including mistakenly getting on a Nozomi on the return trip which is a no-no if you’re using a JR Pass) and I decided then that I had to return and explore some more.
From the map above you’ll see that the hotel is in a pretty good location. Just a stones throw from the Peace Park, Hon Dori and Okonomi-mura. And getting around is good as you’re close to trams and trains.
I had a very nice room away from the lifts with a view, albeit partially obstructed, of the peace park and museum.
Good, modern hotel in a great location.