Translated by Allie
Hiroshima PARCO - Enjoy Shopping While Visiting Hiroshima (Part 1)
Written by MATCHA
Hiroshima is a popular tourist destination, to the same degree as Tokyo and Kyoto. It is a cultural and historical city, with famous world heritage sites. But did you know that Hiroshima is also a great place to enjoy shopping? This article introduces Hir
Hiroshima prefecture gathers visitors from all over the world, the same as Tokyo and Kyoto. Most of the visitors embrace the image of "Hiroshima as the place with cultural heritage sites such as the Atomic Bomb Dome and Itsukushima Shrine".
Few people would think of "Hiroshima is a place to go shopping". However, Hiroshima is one of the places where you can enjoy shopping as much as in Tokyo and Osaka.
We would love to introduce Hiroshima PARCO, a department store in Hiroshima that is a center of youth culture.
Hiroshima PARCO - A 10 Minute Walk From The A-Bomb Dome
Hiroshima PARCO is a shopping mall located at the east edge of Hondōri Avenue, which is the main street of Hiroshima. The Atomic Bomb Dome is located at the west edge of this street which makes it easy to reach after visiting the Dome.
Nearby Hiroshima PARCO there is the Okonomi-mura, where many Hiroshima-style okonomiyaki stores are found, as well as a Don Quijote shop, where one can find many reasonably priced goods and snacks. If you stroll around the area where PARCO is located, you will be able to try Hiroshima food and find souvenirs.
Hiroshima PARCO has two wings - a main wing with ten floors and a new wing with nine floors. You will find here the latest fashion stores, item stores and cafes.
We would like to pick up three recommended stores from ones in the main wing and introduce them in this article.
ROSEMARY offers high quality make-up products not only from Japan but also from other countries. They provide famous cosmetic brands as well as limited items you can only buy here.
You can find any items you prefer starting from natural cosmetic items to the latest cosmetic products, depending on what you are looking for.
The staff told us that they provide Japanese cosmetic items which are popular in other countries as there are more and more international visitors each year. We will introduce cosmetic brands which are popular among visitors from other countries.
The concept of CANMAKE TOKYO is "Girly, Pop and Shine" which offers cuteness based on the latest trend. You can get to buy nail polish items at a reasonable price, which are also ideal as souvenirs.
ettusais is another popular cosmetic brand which provides a wide range of skin care products.
This shop offers skin care products made in Japan , which are ideal in treating pimples, blackheads and other skin problems.
Cher-Couleur is a skin care brand which offers a wide range of items for those who have sensitive skin or normal skin. They also put their efforts into developing anti-aging skin care products which help maintain one's beauty for a long time.
2. Manhattan Portage
Manhattan Portage is a specialty bag shop, which is originally from New York.
The stylish design of the bags matches the urban lifestyle, and has been gathering the attention of young people. Manhattan Portage became a well-known brand in Japan, bringing even more popularity to the original US brand.
Most of the bags have a black base color, but a variety of colorful products are also available.
The secret of their popularity among travelers is their "lightness" and "originality".
3. nana's green tea
After enjoying your shopping, how about taking a rest at a cafe which allows you to enjoy a Japanese atmosphere.
nana's green tea, located on 8th floor is a cafe whose theme is "Japanese". They offer matcha green tea sweets, as well as other sweets made though traditional Japanese confectionery methods.
Its interior concept is "Modern tearoom", allowing customers to fully enjoy the elegance of a Japanese-style cafe.
In addition, there is an English menu available.
The most popular dish is "Matcha shiratama parfait" (853 yen with tax) which is made with Uji matcha tea from Kyoto. It is a great combination between the beauty of the parfait and the elegance of Japanese sweets.
A parfait glass filled with matcha flavored syrup, pudding and ice cream will be a great treat at any time of the year.
The picture above shows shiratama which is made from mochi rice. Kneaded rice powder is made into a ball shape. This small round sweet with a slippery and sticky texture, is the standard ingredient in many Japanese sweets.
Did you like our introduction to Hiroshima PARCO? You can spend great time even only in the main wing, but we would like to introduce its new wing also in the next article.
Address: Hiroshima prefecture, Hiroshima city, Naka ward, Hondoori 10-1
Closed: New Year's Day
Credit Cards: VISA, Master card, JCB, AMERICAN EXPRESS, Diners club INTERNATIONAL, DISCOVER, Union pay (From September, 2016)
Other Languages: Depends on the store
Menus/Pamphlets in Other Languages: English and traditional Chinese
Nearest Station: Hatchobori Station(八丁堀駅) on the Hiroshima Electric Railway
Access: Take Hiroshima Electric Railway at JR Hiroshima Station then get off at Hatchobori Station. 1 minute walk from Hatchobori Station
Price Range/Entrance Fee: Depends on stores
Phone Number: +81-82-542-2111
Website/Homepage: Hiroshoma PARCO (Korean, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Thai)