Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Chugoku Sanyo, San-in 中国地方山陽、山陰 - Via Inn Hiroshima ヴィアイン広島

Stayed 24.04.2015 (Fri)
Reserved via Jalan.net
- Single A room (with breakfast) = 7,800 yen
- Economy twin room (without breakfast) = 10,000 yen

Convenience & bonus. Via Inn Hiroshima beats other competitors hands down in terms of location - hotel is less than a minute walk away from Hiroshima JR Station. Via Inn is a relatively new brand under JR West group, following identical operating model like other popular budget business hotel chain such as Toyoko Inn and Super Hotel. Rooms are compact with limited walking space (economy twin room area is only 12 m2, similar to its single room) but enough for a good night rest. In fact, the decor of Via Inn's lobby is much more classy than what I have anticipated it to be (especially for a budget business hotel). Chic design and spacious environment make guests feel very comfortable upon arrival at the hotel lobby. Chose this hotel because its economy twin room was a bargain, especially for its strategic location. Its close proximity also allow half of the rooms to take in views of the train station, observe the commotion on the platforms and occasionally hear muffled sounds from trains - a bonus for train fans!

A peek at the train station at night from my room. I was really that close to the train station!

Complete with breakfast. There is no cafeteria in the hotel. Instead, Via Inn collaborates with two eateries situated right in front of the hotel, to provide breakfast for their guests. Guests are give the choice of western or Japanese style breakfast which is served in Cafe Di Espresso and Eki Zen (駅膳), respectively. Had the western breakfast set comprised of sandwiches and a drink.

What's nearby?

(1) Hiroshima Electric Railway (Streetcar) Station, located in front of Hiroshima JR Station South Exit.
- To Genbaku Dome (Atomic Bomb Dome) and Heiwa Kinen Koen (Peace Memorial Park), take Streetcar Route 1, 2 or 6 and alight at Genbaku Dome mae (原爆ドーム前).
Hiroden 広島電鉄: http://www.hiroden.co.jp/en/index.html

(2) Bus stops, located in front of Hiroshima JR Station South Exit.
Do note that the bus stop to board airport limousine bus departing for Hiroshima Airport is located on the Shinkansen exit of Hiroshima JR Station. 
Airport Limousine Bus: http://www.hiroko-group.co.jp/kotsu/kousoku/limousine/unchin-jikoku.htm

(3) Hiroshima Higashi Post Office 広島東郵便局; the building on the right upon exiting from the hotel.
Website: http://map.japanpost.jp/p/search/dtl/300151615000/?&cond200=1&&his=ar,nm


Via Inn Hiroshima ヴィアイン広島
〒732-0822 広島県広島市南区松原町2-50
1 min walk from Hiroshima JR Station South Exit.


  1. Hi, your blog has been really helpful with my trip planning. Can you let me know where you find these places to eat ? Many thanks Grace

    1. Hi Grace! Thanks for visiting my blog and I'm glad that you found it useful. Most of the time I will refer to travel guide books (mainly in Japanese and Chinese) for recommended dining places. You can also perform a search on "gurunavi", an online food guide which has a good database of eateries/restaurants in Japan. Where do you plan to visit next? Maybe I can recommend some good dining hideouts, if I have been there before.

  2. Hello I'm planning to visit Hokkaido and am trying to find good places to eat in Kushiro.
    Many thanks

  3. Hi Grace!
    Hope you are enjoying itinerary planning. When do you plan to visit Hokkaido? There are two local cuisine unique to Kushiro which I will like to recommend:

    (1) Katte-don. Being near to the fishing port, Washo Market is a great place to get your bowl of katte-don (rice bowl topped up with sashimi). Washo Market is located within walking distance from Kushiro JR Station. http://hsuchia.blogspot.sg/2013/08/hokkaido-winter-2013-washo-market.html

    (2) Robata-yaki, where food is grilled over charcoal fire; is said to have originated from Kushiro. There are many restaurants offering this local specialty. Have featured one of them in my blog as well: http://hsuchia.blogspot.sg/2013/07/hokkaido-kushiro-robata.html

    Let me know if you need further help!