Hiroshima Guide: Sightseeing Highlights, Cuisine And More

Hiroshima Guide: Sightseeing Highlights, Cuisine And More

Hiroshima, located in Japan's Chugoku region, boasts many amazing sightseeing destinations. This article introduces Hiroshima's must-see spots, six local food for which the area is famous, the best souvenirs and other useful information!

What Kind of Place Is Hiroshima?

Hiroshima Prefecture is located in the Chugoku region. The prefecture, surrounded by mountains to the north and east, faces the Seto Inland Sea. Hiroshima City prospered industrially and commercially before the Second World War, and it is still the largest city in the Chugoku and Shikoku regions.

Hiroshima Guide: 22 Sightseeing Spots, Local Food, and Souvenirs

On August 6th 1945, an atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, causing devastating damage to the city. The Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, built near ground zero, has become a place of historical interest. This understated memorial, featuring the figure of a clock stopped at 8:15 am, the time the bomb dropped, is one of the many traces this tragic event left on the city.

On a lighter note, Hiroshima is also famous for its local cuisines, such as the Hiroshima-style okonomiyaki, Kure hoso-udon (thin udon noodle specialty) and tai-meshi (rice cooked with seabream). This article contains everything you need to know about the charming city of Hiroshima.

Contents:

1. How To Get To Hiroshima
2. Transportation in Hiroshima City
3. Hiroshima Area Guide
4. Sightseeing Spots in Hiroshima City
5. Sightseeing Spots in Hiroshima City: Museums
6. Sightseeing Spots in Hiroshima: Shrines and Temples
7. Sightseeing Spots in Miyajima
8. Sightseeing Spots in Kure
9. Hiroshima's Natural Environment
10. Local Cuisine in Hiroshima
11. Souvenirs from Hiroshima
12. Hiroshima's Local Climate
13. Travel Tips for Hiroshima

How To Get To Hiroshima

From Narita Airport

If you plan to head directly to Hiroshima from Narita Airport, there are three airlines to choose from: ANA, Spring Airlines and IBEX Airlines. The fare ranges from 9000 yen to 25,000 yen, and there are three flights every day. The flight takes about one and a half hours.

From Haneda Airport

There are also direct flights from Haneda Airport, operated by JAL and ANA. The fare ranges from 9000 yen to 25,000 yen, and the flight takes about one and a half hours.

From Hiroshima Airport to Hiroshima Station

The limousine bus headed for the Hiroshima Station Shinkansen-guchi (ticket gates) will take the passengers directly to the station. The ride takes about 45 minutes, and IC cards such as "PASPY" and "ICOCA" can also be used.

The one-way bus fare is 1340 yen for adults, and 670 yen for children. There is also a round-trip ticket, valid for seven days after the purchase, priced at 2420 yen for adults, and 1210 yen for children.

From the Tokyo Metropolitan Area to Hiroshima Station


You can use the Shinkansen after sightseeing in the Tokyo area.

The train ride takes about four hours, and the one-way, normal reserved seat ticket is 19,080 yen. A round-trip ticket will make the one-way fare from Tokyo to Hiroshima 17,910 yen. Four trains leave for Hiroshima every hour.

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Access from Osaka: Shinkansen

From Osaka, the shinkansen is the fastest way to directly travel to Hiroshima. The ride takes about one and a half hours, so it's possible to make a one-day trip. From the Shin-Osaka Station, passengers can choose from five trains: Hikari, Nozomi, Kodama, Sakura and Mizuho. The last two trains are operated by JR West.

The fare is about 10,000 yen, including the basic fare and the charge for a reserved seat. If you're lucky, you might be able to ride the "Evangelion" Shinkansen that runs for one round trip on the service dates until March, 2018. This special train leaves Shin-Osaka at 11:32 a.m., and the special interior car (car no.2) is non-reserved seats only. Please note that an advance reservation or a purchase of exclusive items are required for the "Full-Size Cockpit Riding Experience." For further information, check the official site.

Also read:

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Access from Osaka: Highway Bus


Riding the highway bus from Osaka to Hiroshima is another option. The time varies from five hours to eight and a half hours, and the fare ranges from 3850 yen to 5850 yen, about half of the shinkansen ticket price. If you need to save on the traveling expenses, the bus may be the right choice.

Transportation in Hiroshima City


Hiroshima City offers four types of transportation: the JR West lines, the streetcar, the Astram Line and bus lines. Visitors should use either the one-day ticket for the "Meipuru-pu" bus or the "Hiroshima Peace Pass," a one-day ticket for both streetcar and bus.

Meipuru-pu: A Loop-line Bus

Meipuru-pu is a loop-line bus, serving the main sightseeing areas in Hiroshima City.

Various spots, such as Hiroshima Station, the Prefectural Art Museum (Shukkeien), Hiroshima Castle (and Gokoku Jinja Shrine), the A-Bomb Dome, Peace Memorial Park, Kamiya-cho and Hatchobori can be reached using this bus. The fare is 200 yen per ride for adults and 100 yen for children. The one-day ticket is 400 yen for adults and 200 yen for children.

Tickets can be purchased at Swallow Travel, located on the second floor of the Hiroshima Station, and also in the bus. For further information, take a look at this site about the Meipuru-pu Bus.

Hiroshima Peace Pass

Hiroshima Peace Pass, a special one-day ticket, allows the user to ride the Hiroshima Electric Railway (streetcar, also known as "Hiroden") and all the buses in central Hiroshima City. The price is 700 yen for adults and 350 yen for children. This ticket is convenient for sightseeing, or for taking a stroll around the city.

It can be purchased at the streetcar platform of the Hiroshima Station, at the Hiroshima Bus Center, or the Tourist Information Center of the Hiroshima Orizuru Tower.

Hiroshima Area Guide

1. Hiroshima Station

Shukkeien and the Hiroshima Prefectural Art Museum are both located in the Hiroshima Station area.

Shukkeien is a Japanese garden built 400 years ago. Visitors can enjoy sakura (cherry blossoms), ume (the blossoms of the Japanese apricot tree) and peach blooming in spring, as well as the view of the autumn leaves in the fall. Hiroshima Prefectural Art Museum, which stands next to Shukkeien, possesses about 5,000 works of art, some of which are related to Hiroshima. The exhibition of the permanent collection changes every season.

2. Genbaku Dome (A-Bomb Dome) and Peace Memorial Park


From: 5 Things To Do In Hiroshima, The City Of Peace And Culture

The A-Bomb Dome and the Peace Memorial Park, the two symbols of Hiroshima, can be reached by streetcar from Hiroshima Station.

Board the Hiroshima Electric Railway headed for "Miyajima-guchi" or "Eba," and get off at "Genbaku Dome-mae." The fare is 150 yen. Genbaku Dome was exposed to radiation from the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima, but miraculously did not collapse. The Dome is designated as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

It is a five minute walk from the Dome to the Peace Memorial Park, where the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and the Cenotaph for the A-bomb Victims are located.

Also read:

5 Things To Do In Hiroshima, The City Of Peace And Culture

3. Hiroshima Castle

Hiroshima Castle, located near the station, is also a must-visit spot. The castle was chosen as one of the best 100 castles in Japan. It was destroyed by the atomic bomb, but was rebuilt in its original Edo Period style.

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4. Kamiya-cho and Hatchobori

Kamiya-cho and Hatchobori are both commercial districts. Shopping malls such as Sogo Hiroshima, Motomachi Creed and Kamiya-cho Shareo are all located in this bustling area.

Various stores are lined up along shopping streets such as Hondori, Nakanotana and Kinzagai. A large number of cafes and restaurants are also located in the area, so visitors to the city can enjoy here shopping and dining.

5. Miyajima

Miyajima is an island in the northwestern area of Hiroshima Prefecture. Itsukushima Shrine, a World Heritage Site, is located here. The best time to visit Miyajima is in the fall, when you can enjoy the view of the autumn leaves. The hills covered in red are a sight to behold. Momiji manju (a sweet bun with a shape inspired by the maple leaves) and oysters make great souvenirs from this area.

6. Kure

Kure City, located by the Seto Inland Sea, has played a great role in the Japanese shipbuilding industry. It is also known as the birthplace of "Yamato", the largest battleship built by the Japanese Imperial Navy. Visitors can learn about Japan's maritime history at the Kure Science Museum of Maritime History (Yamato Museum) and the JMSDF Kure Museum. Kure is also the setting of the popular anime, Kono Sekai No Katasumi Ni (In This Corner of the World), the tale of a young woman and her family during the war.

7. Onomichi and Shimanami Kaido

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From: The Perfect View: Everything About The Shimanami Kaidō

Shimanami Kaido stretches for 60 kilometers between Onomichi City (Hiroshima Prefecture) and Imabari City (Ehime Prefecture). It is a road where visitors can enjoy a magnificent view of the islands in the Seto Inland Sea. Onomichi City, located by the Seto Inland Sea and surrounded by hills, is famous for its temples and shrines such as Senkoji, which is also a great sakura viewing spot.

For further information, please read "The Perfect View: Everything About The Shimanami Kaidō."

Sightseeing Spots in Hiroshima City

Genbaku Dome (also known as the A-Bomb Dome), a symbol of Hiroshima, and historic sites such as Shukkeien and Hiroshima Castle are located in Hiroshima City. Here are some of the most important sightseeing destinations in the city.

1. Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park

The Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park was built in the hope of creating a peaceful world. It is located across the river from the A-Bomb Dome, a World Heritage Site. The Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, which displays materials about the aftermath of the atomic bomb, and the Cenotaph for the A-bomb Victims, are also located in the park.

Hiroshima Guide: 22 Sightseeing Spots, Local Food, and Souvenirs

The Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum contains numerous displays on the war and bombing, but one which is of particular interest are the 1000 paper cranes. According to Japanese legend, anyone who folds 1000 paper cranes (which are held together by strings), will be granted a wish by the Japanese gods. This legend gained newfound popularity through the story of Sadako, a little girl who developed leukemia after the bombing of Hiroshima who began making cranes in hopes of being cured from her illness. There are different versions of the story, some stating that she was successful, others that she was not, but in this museum, you can see the actual cranes folded by Sadako on display.

The cenotaph and the A-Bomb Dome can be viewed from the museum. Visitors can tour the Dome grounds but are not allowed to enter the building. It is illuminated at night, creating a different atmosphere that during the day.

Address: Hiroshima, Hiroshima, Naka-ku, Nakajima-cho 1

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2. Shukkeien

Shukkeien is a 400 year old Japanese garden. Seasonal flowers light up the grounds throughout the year.

Address: Hiroshima, Hiroshima, Naka-ku, Kaminobori-cho 2-11

3. Hiroshima Castle

Hiroshima Castle was built by Mohri Terumoto, a famous general of Hiroshima at the end of the 16th century. Visitors can tour the remaining tenshukaku (castle tower) and ninomaru (secondary enclosure).

Address: Hiroshima, Hiroshima, Naka-ku, Motomachi 21-1

Sightseeing Spots in Hiroshima City: Museums

4. Hiroshima Prefectural Art Museum

Photograph provided by Hiroshima City

Hiroshima Prefectural Art Museum is located next to Shukkeien. Strolling through the Shukkeien garden after visiting the museum might be very enjoyable.

Address: Hiroshima, Hiroshima, Naka-ku, Kaminobori-cho 2-22

5. Hiroshima Museum of Art

Photograph provided by Hiroshima City

Hiroshima Museum of Art, located in the central area of Hiroshima City, was built by Hiroshima Bank, to commemorate its 100th anniversary. The museum houses a collection of 300 works of art, ranging from the French Impressionists to the modern Japanese artists. About 90 works of art (*1) are on display in the main hall.

Address: Hiroshima, Hiroshima, Naka-ku, Motomachi 3-2
*1: This number is as of December, 2016. The works on display change each season.

6. Mazda Museum

The Mazda Museum, located near JR Mukainada Station, is a museum where visitors can learn about the technology and history of Mazda cars, and also tour the factory. Reservations can be made from the Mazda website.

Address: Hiroshima, Aki district, Fuchu-cho, Shinchi 3-1

7. Toho Beads Style Lands of Glasses

Toho Beads Style Lands of Glasses, located in Hiroshima's Asakita ward, displays various types of glass artwork, from the ancient to the modern period. The facility comprises various galleries, including the Toho Museum, which displays material about the history of beads. There are also workshops where visitors can try their hands at glassblowing.

Address: Hiroshima, Hiroshima city, Asakita-ku, Ohbayashi 2-12-55

Sightseeing Spots in Hiroshima: Shrines and Temples

8. Hiroshima Gokoku Jinja

Hiroshima Gokoku Jinja is a shrine located inside Hiroshima Castle. During the New Year holidays, the large sanctuary welcomes the most number of visitors in the Chugoku Region.

Address: Hiroshima, Hiroshima, Motomachi 21-2

9. Mitaki-dera Temple

Mitaki-dera stands in the ravines of Mitakiyama (Mt. Mitaki), which is located in the northeastern area of Hiroshima City. It is close to the urban areas, so the citizens visit this temple frequently. It is also called "Mitaki Kannon."

A vermilion-colored tahoto (Japanese pagoda), an important cultural asset of Hiroshima Prefecture, stands on the grounds of the temple. Inside the tahoto is a wooden Amitabha statue, which was designated an important cultural asset by the Japanese Government. This temple is also famous for the beautiful sakura in spring, and the autumn leaves in fall.

Address: Hiroshima, Hiroshima, Nishi-ku, Mitakiyama 411

10. Senkoji Park

Onomichi City is one of the famous sightseeing destinations in Hiroshima Prefecture. "Senkoji Park," a popular sakura viewing spot located on top of Mt. Senkoji, offers a great view of the Seto Inland Sea and the sakura in the hills.

Address: Hiroshima, Onomichi, Nishitsuchido-cho 19-1

Sightseeing Spots in Miyajima

Miyajima is a must-visit spot in Hiroshima Prefecture. Itsukushima Shrine, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is located here.

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Access from Hiroshima City

There are two ways to go from Hiroshima to Miyajima: taking eitehr a JR train or the streetcar to Miyajimaguchi Station and then the ferryboat to the island.

It takes 25 minutes from JR Hiroshima Station to JR Miyajimaguchi Station, on the Sanyo Main Line. The fare is 410 yen.

The second route is to board the Hiroshima Electric Railway streetcar to Hiroden-miyajima-guchi Station, and walk five minutes to the Miyajima-guchi Port. Board the JR West Miyajima Ferry or Miyajima Matsudai Kisen, and it is a 10 minute ride to Miyajima.

JR West Miyajima Ferry runs the Otorii Route from Miyajima Port, so those who want to enjoy a sea-side, close-up view of the large torii gate of Itsukushima Shrine should take this route.

Transportation in Miyajima

The sightseeing spots in Miyajima are all within a two kilometers radius from Itsukushima Shrine, so most visitors tend to walk. Those who plan to visit the Tsutsumigaura camping site, or the Miyajima Aquarium, which is popular among children, should use the "Maple Liner," a loop-line bus. This is the Japanese timetable.

If you are with a group of more than three people, using the three taxis on the island might be a good idea. They will be waiting at the taxi stand of the ferry port.

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11. Itsukushima Shrine

The vermilion-colored torii, the symbol of Itsukushima Shrine, rises to approximately 16 meters in height. When the tide is low, visitors can walk up to the torii. There is a timetable for the high and low tides at the reception area of the shrine, so be sure to check it.

Address: Hiroshima, Hatsukaichi, Miyajima-cho 1-1

12. Toyokuni Shrine

Toyokuni Jinja, built by Toyotomi Hideyoshi, a prominent figure in Japanese history, is located near Itsukushima Shrine. Although designated an important cultural asset by the Japanese Government, this shrine is an unfinished project. The 116 pillars supporting the sanctuary is an impressive sight.

Address: Hiroshima, Hatsukaichi, Miyajima-cho 1-1

13. Five-storied Pagoda

A five-storied pagoda, 27 meters in height, stands next to the Toyokuni Jinja. This is also an important cultural asset designated by the Japanese Government. The pillars inside are decorated in gold, creating a gorgeous interior.

Address: Hiroshima, Hatsukaichi, Miyajima-cho 1-1

14. Asebi Walkway

Take a short walk from the exit of Ituskushima Shrine, and you will reach the Asebi walkway. It stretches for 700 meters, through the Omoto Park to the Daisho-in Temple. Along the way, there is a spot where the visitors can enjoy a sweeping view of Ituskushima Shrine's great torii, the Toyokuni Jinja sanctuary, and the five-storied pagoda.

15. Daisho-in Temple

At the end of the Asebi walkway you will find Daisho-in, the oldest temple in Miyajima, founded by Kukai. Visitors can also appreciate the "eleven-faced Kannon statue" in the Kannon-do (a small temple dedicated to Kannon), Tibetan sand mandalas and the "eternal fire" in the Reika-do (a small temple of divine fire) at this temple. This is a temple with a rich history, but there are also ornaments of popular anime characters such as Anpanman on its grounds.

Address: Hiroshima, Hatsukaichi, Miyajima-cho 210

16. Omotesando Shopping Street

The busiest area in Miyajima is near the omotesando (the way leading to the shrine). Souvenir shops and restaurants line up on both sides of the Omotesando Shopping Street, where the visitors can buy handcraft objects such as the Miyajima shakushi (*2), or food such as oysters, momiji manju and ice cream.

There are many deer wandering about near the waterfront area leading to Itsukushima Shrine. The visitors may feel like they are in Nara, but the Miyajima deer are a little more aggressive, so watch out your food.

Address: Hiroshima, Hatsukaichi, Miyajima-cho 459 to 838
*2 Shakushi: A rice dipper made in Miyajima.

17. Momijidani Park

Momijidani Park is a popular spot to view the autumn leaves. The the 200 trees change their color in the fall, it results in a beautiful scenery.

Address: Hiroshima, Hatsukaichi, Miyajima-cho, Momijidani

18. Miyajima Ropeway

Miyajima Ropeway connects the Momijidani Park and Mt. Misen, a mountain rising 535 meters above sea level at the center of Miyajima. Visitors can take in the view of the forest and the Seto Inland Sea during the ride.

At Shishi-iwa Station, the last stop of the ropeway, couples can participate in the Fire of Oath ceremony and workshops for making heart-shaped momiji manju. Shishi-iwa Observatory offers a great view for the visitors who don't have the time to walk to the mountaintop.

Address: Hiroshima, Hatsukaichi, Miyajima-cho, Momijidani-koen

Sightseeing Spots in Kure

Kure is a seaside city in the southwestern area of Hiroshima Prefecture. It became the base for the Japanese Imperial Navy in the Meiji Period, and after the Second World War, the base for the Maritime Self-Defense Force (MSDF).

It is also famous for its seafood cuisine. Other dishes, such as the Kure hoso-udon noodles and the Kure MSDF curry, a reproduction of the curry served on the MSDF ships, are popular as well.

Access from Hiroshima City

Board the Akiji Liner Rapid Service Train on the JR Kure Line from Hiroshima Station, which will take you directly to the Kure Station.

The train ride takes about 40 minutes, and the fare is 500 yen.

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19. Kure Bay

Seto Naikai Kisen operates the "Kure Bay Cruise." The fare is 500 yen for adults and 250 yen for elementary school children. There are nine trips a day, and the cruise takes about 45 minutes.

Address: Hiroshima, Kure, Takaramachi 4-44

20. Kure Science Museum of Maritime History (Yamato Museum)

Kure prospered as the largest naval port in the East. After the Second World War, it turned into a shipbuilding city, producing the largest tankers in the world. At the Kure Science Museum of Maritime History (Yamato Museum), visitors can learn about the history of Kure and the technology it has produced. The model of Yamato, which was said to be the largest battleship in the world, is also on display.

Address: Hiroshima, Kure, Takaramachi 5-20

21. JMSDF Kure Museum

JMSDF Kure Museum, an admission-free facility, displays materials about the history of the Maritime Self-Defense Force. At the museum cafe, visitors can enjoy the "Akishio Curry" served on MSDF ships.

Address: Hiroshima, Kure, Takaramachi 5-32

22. Shimanami Kaido

Shimanami Kaido connects Onomichi City in Hiroshima Prefecture (Chugoku Region) and Imabari City in Ehime Prefecture (Shikoku Region). The islands in the calm Seto inland Sea can be viewed along the way.

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23. Orizuru Tower

Hiroshima Guide: 22 Sightseeing Spots, Local Food, and Souvenirs

Located just behind the Genbaku Dome, Orizuru Tower is a new sightseeing spot that opened in September of 2016. This peace-themed tower has an observatory that overlooks the city and even the island of Miyajima on a clear day.

Hiroshima Guide: 22 Sightseeing Spots, Local Food, and Souvenirs

Historical exhibits on the city of Hiroshima before and after the bombing, a crane display and place to learn how to make your own crane, and so much more can be found within Orizuru Tower. If you’d like to learn more about the history of Hiroshima and see the city as a whole, this is the place to do it from.

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Natural Environment

Hiroshima is famous for its special products, such as anago (conger eel) in summer and oysters in winter. Visitors can have fun throughout the year, but the best time for a visit may be during the fall. The beautiful autumn leaves, especially those in the Momijidani Park in Miyajima, are worth a look. Those who want to enjoy this elegant scenery should visit in the fall.

Hiroshima's Local Cuisine

Hiroshima, with the sea and mountains close by, is famous for seafood such as oysters and anago. This area is also famous for the Hiroshima-style okonomiyaki (Japanese-style pancake), which is a little different from the Kansai style. The wonderful taste of fresh oysters and okonomiyaki will surely make a pleasant memory of your trip.

Okonomiyaki

When thinking of okonomiyaki, most people have the Kansai version in mind. The two styles, Kansai and Hiroshima, are cooked differently.

The Kansai-style mixes all the ingredients, while the Hiroshima-style starts by baking the wheat flour like a crepe. Cabbage, eggs and other ingredients are added on top, so it looks like a multi-layered dish.

There are many okonomiyaki restaurants in Hiroshima City. Okonomimura, located in the central area, is a food court with more than 20 restaurants inside. Visitors can enjoy comparing the differences between the various restaurants.

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Oysters

One of the special products of Hiroshima is the fresh oysters cultivated at Hiroshima Bay. Although they are available throughout the year, the best season for oysters is in January and February. The Hiroshima oysters are tender and chewy, with a thick flavor. Visitors in this season should try both the raw and fried oysters.

There are many oyster restaurants in Hiroshima City, such as the Toyomaru Suisan Hiroshima Hondori-ten located in the Hondori Shopping Street, and the Sakanaya Dojo Hiroshima Tatemachi-ten, located near the Fukuya Department Store. If you want to dine in a luxurious atmosphere, try Kanawa, a well-established restaurant located near Motoyasu River.

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Kure Hoso-udon

Kure hoso-udon (thin noodles) is a specialty of Kure City. It is said that the thin, easy to eat noodles were used to meet the request of the busy fishermen and shipbuilders, who wanted to eat their meals quickly. The noodles go nicely with the soup, so visitors to Kure should give this dish a try.

Tai-meshi (Rice with Seabream)

Tai (sea bream)-meshi is a seafood cuisine, a product of the Seto Inland Sea. It is made by cooking rice with a whole (or fillets of) tai (seabream). The warm rice, with the fragrant seabream, is just delicious. In Japan, the seabream (tai) is regarded as a symbol of good fortune, and tai-meshi is served on special occasions.

Anago-meshi

Anago (conger eel), along with oysters, is a special product of Hiroshima, and the Miyajima anago-meshi is especially famous. This is a rice dish topped with sweet and salty flavored anago. Restaurants such as Inachu, located around the middle of the Omotesando Shopping Street, and Anago-meshi Wada, with a big shamoji sign found in Machiya-dori, are famous. Anago-meshi is also sold as an ekiben (packed lunch), so it can be bought at Hiroshima Station.

Inachu: Hiroshima, Hatsukaichi, Miyajima-cho, Nakanocho-hama 507-2
Anago-meshi Wada: Hiroshima, Hatsukaichi, Miyajima-cho, Ohmachi 424

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Hiroshima Tsukemen

This is a type of tsukemen in which both the noodles and soup are served cold. The soy sauce-based soup is the spicy type, with red pepper and chili oil flavor. Hiroshima tsukemen noodles are easy to eat, even on a hot day.

Souvenirs from Hiroshima

Hiroshima is famous for momiji manju, a maple leaf shaped manju. It is a blend of Japanese and Western styles, a soft dough confectionery filled with various ingredients such as red bean jam, matcha jam and custard cream. It goes nicely not only with green tea, but with coffee as well.

The cream bun made by "Hattendo" is also popular, as the soft dough is filled with fluffy custard and fresh cream. There are other flavors such as marron, strawberry, azuki sweet bean, chocolate and matcha, so the customers tend to overspend on these buns.

There is also the Hiroshima-style Okonomiyaki Senbei (rice cracker), which can be purchased only in Hiroshima. Look for something special at the souvenir shops in stations and airports.

For further information, please read "Souvenirs From Hiroshima - 6 Delicious Sweets That Make Great Gifts!."

Hiroshima's Local Climate

Hiroshima Prefecture faces the Seto Inland Sea, so it has a moderate climate, with a long spell of fine weather. Visitors can wear lighter clothes than in the Tokyo area, but should have a jacket ready, just in case the temperature drops suddenly.

Travel Tips for Hiroshima

If you need to exchange currencies, go to the bank, or try the ATM at 7-Eleven. "Need Japanese Yen? Four Ways to Get Cash in Japan" will give you more information on this topic.

If you're short on cash, look for the ATM with the "PLUS" logo, which offer cash advance with credit cards. Take a look at: Where You can Find ATM Available with International Brand Credit.

When checking in to a hotel, a little Japanese may help. There are some simple phrases introduced in 10 Japanese Phrases You Can Use At A Hotel.

"Japan Connected-Free Wi-Fi" is a service for visitors from abroad. Be sure to download the application in advance. For further information, check out Where To Find Free Wi-Fi In Japan - Japan Connected-Free Wi-Fi.

Be sure to check how much the food costs in Japan when you plan your itinerary. Average Food Expenses For A Day In Japan may offer useful information.

To Fully Enjoy Hiroshima

Hiroshima has a rich natural environment, and the climate is moderate throughout the year. It is a place worth a visit, with historic sightseeing spots such as Hiroshima Castle and the Peace Memorial Park.

If you have the chance, it might be fun to extend your trip to picturesque spots like Miyajima and Shimanami Kaido.

It only takes about half an hour to Miyajima from Hiroshima City, but be sure to have some leeway in your itinerary when traveling to areas outside Hiroshima City.

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Translated by Shinji Takaramura

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