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10 Great Shopping Spots In Hiroshima
Hiroshima attracts many travelers from all over the world. Even though most people come for sightseeing, Hiroshima is also a great place to shop. This article introduces 10 shopping spots in this historical city.
Written by ニコ
Hiroshima's Best Souvenir Shops
Hiroshimais a city of historical importance with many sightseeing destinations. The Genbaku Dome, or Atomic Bomb Dome, and Itsukushima Shrine on Miyajima island are both registered as World Heritage Sites in Hiroshima.
Hiroshima might not come to mind as one of Japans great places to shop, but there are a lot of shopping centers with items unique to Hiroshima as well as general goods.
We will be introducing ten recommended shopping centers where you can find a wide range of goods from Miyajima's traditional crafts to anime goods and cheap home electronics.
1. Hiroshima Hondori Shotengai - Buy Everything you Need
Hiroshima Hondori Shotengai is a shopping street that passes through the middle of Hiroshima's downtown Kamiyacho. It is located between the exit of the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and Hiroshima PARCO shopping mall. Its nickname is "Hondori". You can find a wide variety of restaurants, local product shops, clothing and general goods stores in Hodori.
If you want to buy souvenirs from Hiroshima, we highly recommend visiting Hiroshima Yume Plaza and Nagasakiya. You can also find small gifts at the popular 100 yen chain store Daiso.
If you search something even more unique, how about trying specialized shops such as JUMP SHOP Hiroshima, which sells official items from the Weekly Shonen Jump (popular manga magazine). You could also head to Sofmap Hiroshima, which sells electronic products, to check out the newest technology.
SUN MALLis part of the Hondori shopping street. SUN Mall a part of the shopping street for a younger clientele and everyone who is young at heart. Besides many different apparel shops, it also offers shops selling CDs, books and general merchandise. At the weekend, small events are often hosted in this area.
Hiroshima Hondori Shotengai
Hiroshima, Naka Ward 730-0035
2. Hiroshima PARCO - Popular Meeting Spot
You will find Hiroshima PARCO at the end of Hondori Shotengai. This shopping mall mainly offers clothing stores as well as a live house, called Club Quattro, on 10th floor of its main wing, The music retail chain Tower Records is located on 9th floor of its new wing. You can find the household and variety of goods store MUJI on PARCO's 7th and 8th floor.
PARCO is also surrounded by many popular areas and shops. The Kinzagai Shotengai, also known as the Kinzagai shopping street, starts in front of PARCO's main wing. Namikidori and Alice Garden, areas where events are often held, are located on the other side of the PARCO building. Don Quijote, a popular discount chain store, is also found opposite Alice Garden.
Hiroshima, Naka Ward, Hondori 10-１
3. SOGO Hiroshima - A Gateway to Hiroshima
The SOGO Hiroshima store is a landmark of the downtown area, Kamiyacho. Its appearance was designed inspired by the scales of a koi carp.
There is a Hiroshima bus center on the third floor of its main wing. This makes SOGO Hiroshima one of the main gateways to Hiroshima, along with Hiroshima station and Hiroshima airport.
Daishokuhinkan Everyday on the first and second basement levels here sells Hiroshima's local sweets and gourmet foods. Shopping malls such as AQ'A Hiroshima Center City, SOGO new wing, and Pacela, all combine to form a huge shopping complex in this area.
Hiroshima, Naka Ward, Motomachi 6-27
4. Kamiyacho Shareo - The Underground Shopping Street
Kamiyacho Shareo, which is directly connected to the basement of SOGO, is an underground shopping street. It runs from east to west between the Former Hiroshima Municipal Baseball Stadium to Hatchobori and from south to north between Hondori station and Kenchomae Station of the Astram line.
It is mainly focused on women's clothing stores. In addition, it offers restaurants and general goods stores. Various events are held here at the weekend.
Hiroshima Underground City, Hiroshima, Naka Ward, Motomachi 100
5. HIROSHIMA ORIZURU TOWER - See Hiroshima from Above
HIROSHIMA ORIZURU TOWER opened in July 2016. From its rooftop observation deck, called Hiroshima no Oka, or Hiroshima hill, you can look out across the city. You can clearly see the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and the Genbaku Dome. If the weather is clear, you can even see all the way to Miyajima.
The local specialty store SOUVENIR SELECT and The Akushu Café Park Side are both located on the first floor. They are great places to pick up Hiroshima's original souvenirs such as Japanese seaweed salt, products made from Seto Inland Sea lemons and traditional handicrafts such as Kumano brushes.
The Akushu Café WIND SIDE on the top floor sells momiji manju (a local specialty) flavored soft-serve ice cream and Seto sorbet. It is the best place to view the whole city from high above while enjoying local specialties.
ORIZURU SQUARE on the 12th floor provides you with space to make origami cranes to pray for peace. These cranes are put up on the ORIZURU WALL. All of the origami cranes made by visitors can be seen from the outside!
HIROSHIMA ORIZURU TOWER
Hiroshima, Naka Ward, Otemachi 1-2
6. Tenmaya Hatchobori Building - The Place to Go for Electronics
The Tenmaya Hatchobori Building used to be a department store called Tenmaya Hatchobori store. It's first to fifth floor is now occupied by Yamada-Denki LABI Hiroshima. Home electronics mass retailers in Kamiyacho and Hatchobori are found in the main and new wing of the building. They all offer competitive prices and foreign language services. The Japanese casual clothes shop Uniqlo is found on the sixth floor of the building
Next to this building you can find two department stores. One is Mitsukoshi which offers high-quality gourmet dishes. The other is Fukuya which is famous for its movie theater called Hatchoza, which is equipped with wide cozy seats.
Tenmaya Hatchobori Building
Hiroshima, Naka Ward, Ebisucho 6-26, 2F Fukuya Hacchobori
7. ASSE Hiroshima Station Building - Eat Local Food and Buy Sweet Souvenirs
ASSE is directly connected to the JR Hiroshima station building which has eight floors in total. It offers restaurants as well as souvenir, grocery and clothing stores.
There are a lot of restaurants available on the second floor, which serve Hiroshima's local dishes such as Reichan, a famous okonomiyaki restaurant. Here you can also find many shops selling local sweets.
ASSE's first floor directly connected to the ticket gates of JR Hiroshima station.
Hiroshima, Minami Ward, Matsubaracho, 2-37
8. Fukuya Hiroshima Ekimae Store and Yaleyale A Wing Town - Connected to Hiroshima Station
The Yaleyale A wing Town connects to the south gate underground square of Hiroshima station. Fukuya Hiroshima Ekimae is located on its first basement level to eleventh floor.
Seria, which is a 100 yen store chain, is on the second basement level, a grocery floor called Lala Kitchen on the first basement level and Junkudo, which is a large bookstore, is on the 10th floor. There is also an array of restaurants and an observatory deck style food court on the 11th floor.
Fukuya Hiroshima Ekimae Store
Hiroshima, Minami Ward, Matsubaracho 9-１
9. HIROSHIMA FESTIVAL OUTLET MARINA HOP - Enjoy the Sea Breeze
HIROSHIMA FESTIVAL OUTLET MARINA HOP is a large outlet mall facing the sea. Marina Hop has a pier where speedboats depart to Miyajima island. A luxury sightseeing cruise inspired by a pirate boat called Kaiou also operates from there.
HIROSHIMA FESTIVAL OUTLET MARINA HOP also offers Outlets, an amusement park called Marina circus as well as fashionable restaurants. On weekends, various events are held here as well that can be enjoyed with the whole family.
HIROSHIMA FESTIVAL OUTLET MARINA HOP
Hiroshima, Nishi Ward, Kanonshimachi 4-14-35
10. Miyajima Omotesando Shopping Street - Street Food and Local Crafts
Miyajima Omotesando Shopping Street - Delicious Street Food and Local Crafts located between Miyajima pier and Itsukushima Shrine is always filled with visitors. We highly reccomend their anago meshi (grilled eels on the top of rice), age momiji (deep-fried momiji manju served on a stick), grilled oysters and chigiriten (deep-fried kamaboko fish cakes).
Here you can also buy Miyajima's special handicrafts such as bamboo ladles, ceramic bells, and sculptures from locally run shops and studios here. A huge paddle for serving rice is exhibited in the middle of the shopping street. This is a great place to take a photo of your shopping trip to Miyajima.
Miyajima Omotesando Shopping Street
Hiroshima, Hatsukaichi, Miyajimacho
Enjoy Shopping in Hiroshima
Hiroshima is a small and quiet city. It is a perfect place for shopping without the hectic of the big city. Some items such as Miyajima's traditional crafts, Kumanofude (Kumano brushes) and products made with Hamamori no Moshio (original Japanese seaweed salt) or lemons from the Seto Inland Sea area you can only find here.
Why not taking some souvenirs home from this historical city?