Come with me for an afternoon visit to Hiroshima (広島). After visiting Miyajima in the morning, we made our way back to JR Hiroshima station. If you are curious, click the Miyajima link to follow my sun and sea adventures at Miyajima.
Tip: If this is your first visit to Japan, do visit my related article on Taking In Tokyo as a Japan first-timer for practical tips.
Hiroshima is a modern city that had been rebuilt after the city was detonated by an atomic bomb in the World War II. Your visit to Japan is not complete without paying Hiroshima city a visit.
Tip: Purchase the JR Rail Pass and the local JR Hiroshima Sightseeing Loop bus fare will be free of charge. Wait for the bus in front of The Hotel GranVia Hiroshima. For further information on this Hiroshima Sightseeing local bus service, bus stops location, fares and its route map, see http://www.chugoku-jrbus.co.jp/teikan/meipurupu/en/. There is also Free Wifi on this bus.
On the bus journey, I spotted several interesting buildings e.g. a TV station located next door to Hiroshima Castle, Sogo department store and the Pacela shopping centre.
The main aim for the bus journey is to visit the A-bomb dome, awarded the UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996. The A-bomb dome is also otherwise known as the Hiroshima Peace Memorial. This incredible building is designed by a Czech architect in 1915 to house the Hiroshima Prefectural Industrial Promotion Hall. In memory of the over 70000 casualties who died instantly and another 70000 people who suffered fatal injuries as a result of the radiation of the detonation of atomic bomb on Hiroshima on 6 Aug 1945, the building was left as ruins as a symbol of lasting world peace. Each year, the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Ceremony is held on August 6th at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park.
For further details, see: http://visithiroshima.net/world_heritage/a-bomb_dome.html
The A-bomb dome bus stop for the Hiroshima Sightseeing Loop bus is clearly visible to help tourists find their way.
Do visit the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, only a short 9 min walk away within the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, to learn more about the history of Hiroshima. See the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum’s website: http://www.pcf.city.hiroshima.jp/index_e2.html for further details.
You can also take the Hiroshima Electric tramway for sightseeing in Hiroshima. To learn about the trams its route maps and streetcar fares, visit http://www.hiroden.co.jp/en/s-routemap.html
As a late lunch, we had Okonomiyaki at Mitchan restaurant, conveniently located on the street level of JR Hiroshima shinkansen train station. It is the sister branch of the main Hatchobori shop. When we arrived at Mitchan, we had to queue for about 10 minutes. It is that popular!
I caught a picture of one of Mitchan’s chefs. He seems to be enjoying the art of okonomiyaki making.
Lots of famous celebrities had eaten at Mitchan. In Japan’s restaurants, the signatures of famous celebrities are proudly displayed on the walls of the restaurants. Watch out for the poster that says Let’s Eat – Okonomiyaki Makes You Smile! Loved it!
Okonomiyaki is a grilled pancake-like bundle of deliciousness composed of noodles with seafood, egg and assorted vegetables, laced with sticky dark brown sauce before finally decorated with a handful of chopped spring onion or scallion. If you love stir-fried noodles, you will love okonomiyaki. Should you like to drizzle the okonomiyaki with salad cream, you can also do so at the table to taste. Mitchan also provides free tap water to its guests. It seems that deep concentration is needed to produce great okonomiyaki.
I love Mitchan’s okonomiyaki. Here’s some super-yummy photos to tempt you visit Mitchan. You will be converted to fans of Mitchan in no time!
Thanks for reading about my adventures at Hiroshima. Greetings from Hiroshima with love! Sayonara!
Signature dish: Okonomiyaki
Address: 1-2 Matsubarachō, Minami-ku, Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken 732-0822, Japan.
- Currency: Japanese Yen (JPY)
- Best Time to Visit: May or November to avoid the mad tourist crush!
- Getting around: Hiroshima Sight Seeing Loop Bus or Hiroshima Electric Railway
- Getting here: See http://www.hiroshima-navi.or.jp/en/access/ for further details.