Jul 27, 2018 Attraction Hiroshima City

The Biggest Shopping Street in Hiroshima -Hondori Shopping Arcade

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A shopping street in downtown Hiroshima called “Hondori”, is beloved by locals and holds a lot of the appeal and charm of Hiroshima. Close to the A-Bomb Dome and Peace Memorial Park, tourists visiting these places can enjoy the variety of entertainment available here. Enjoy Hiroshima’s delicious food, history, and shopping at Hondori!

The Busiest Shopping Street in Hiroshima Downtown

Hondori, located in the middle of Hiroshima City, is one of the most well-known attractions in the Chugoku/Shikoku area. The arcade, which stretches 577m from east to west, features approximately 200 stores, including shops popular with young people, large-scale home electronics shops, restaurants, and more. There are lots of shops around Hondori as well, and a substantial amount of public transport, so on the weekends around 100,000 people visit per day.

In the Edo period, Hondori was the part of Sangoku Street (Sanyodo), which passed by Hiroshima Castle, so there are 9 stone tablets along the street that show the old streets name, such as Harimaya Street, Toyoko Street, and Kawaya Street. During WWII, althogh it was heavily damaged by the atomic bomb, 9 years later in 1954, an arcade was built and it was reconstructed.  It went on to become the most popular street in the entire Shikoku/Chugoku region.

Enjoy at Hondori Sightseeing Spots

At Hondori, you can enjoy Hiroshima’s unique shops all in one place. Now I’ll break down the stores popular with international travellers into the 3 categories of “Relax”,” Learn” and “Enjoy”.

Relax at Cat Cafe “Coorikuya”

One of Japan’s popular cat cafes has opened at Hondori! The store is based around a blend of Japanese and Western styles, and has a relaxed atmosphere where you can enjoy spending time with the cats. Although drinks are included in the fee, there’s a separate charge for cat treats, so check before you buy.

You can play with the cats on the tatami mat, and relieve the fatigue you’ve built up on your trip, so it’s very popular with international tourists as well. It has projection mapping, which is rare in a cat cafe, and the way the cats react to the displays on the ground is very cute.

Cat Caffee Coorikuya Hiroshima Hondori
Address 2-2-15 Kamiya-cho, Naka-ku, Hiroshima (map)
Closest Station 2 mins walk from Hondori Station
Open Weekday :
11:00am – 8:00pm
Weekends&Holidays :
10:00am – 8:00pm
*Admission ends at 7:30pm
Closed  Opens all year round
Price 30 mins: ¥650+tax
1 hour: ¥1,200+tax
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Learn About Peace at “ORIZURU TOWER”

ORIZURU TOWER is a Hiroshima sightseeing spot opened in 2016, just east of the A-Bomb Dome. The building has 13 floors, and on Floor 1, there’s a cafe where you can taste the flavors of Hiroshima, as well as a Hiroshima product museum that sells about 1,000 of the best and most popular products of Hiroshima.

In addition to unique Hiroshima products, they also sell items based around motifs like the A-Bomb Dome and the paper crane, a symbol of peace. It’s a good place to get souvenirs. From the observation space on the 12th and 13th floors, you can look out over the A-Bomb Dome and the city of Hiroshima.

Read More: Hiroshima Orizuru Tower – A Bird’s Eye View over Hiroshima!

Orizuru Tower
Address 1-2-1 Otemachi Naka-ku, Hiroshima (map)
Open Observatory/Souvenir Shop
10:00am – 7:00pm [Jul-Sep] 9:00am – 8:00pm
Akushu Cafe
10:00am – 9:00pm [Jul-Sep] 9:00am – 9:00pm
*L.O. 8:30pm
Closed Dec 31, Jan 15, 16
Website Orizuru Tower Website

Enjoy “JUMP SHOP Hiroshima”

At JUMP SHOP, they sell products like stationery, clothes, and food based on the mangas serialized in Shonen Jump Magazine. There are about 5,000 different products including items limited to each area, so you can find products which is available only at Hiroshima store.

JUMP Shop Hiroshima
Address Kishodo Bld.1F 9-34 Hondori, Naka-ku, Hiroshima (map)
Closest Station 4 mins walk from “Hacchobori Station” or “Tatemachi Station”
Open 10:00am – 7:00pm
Closed None
Website Official Website

Hiroshima Soul Food at Hondori

With a bountiful natural environment, Hiroshima is said to be a microcosm of Japan. Hiroshima has lots of local dishes like okonomiyaki, oyster dishes, and Onomichi Ramen that utilize abundant natural produce like lemons, hassaku oranges, and grapes. Next I’ll introduce 2 shops that are popular with the locals as well, so be sure to experience the delicious flavors of Hiroshima.

Okonomiyaki “Nagataya”

Nagataya, a very popular on TripAdvisor, is located at the far west end of Hondori.
They offers Hiroshima style okonomiyaki which is with a thinly stretched batter covered with vegetables, meat, and Chinese noodles.  It is cooked in a closed pan, so it’s a filling meal and you can taste the flavors and textures of all the ingredients.

It’s close to the A-Bomb Dome, and there’s a long line at lunchtime, so make sure to time your visit right.

OKONOMIYAKI NAGATA-YA
Address Shigeishi Bld. 1F 1-7-19 Otemachi, Naka-ku, Hiroshima (map)
Closest Station 2 mins walk from “Atomic Bomb Dome mae”
Open 11:00am – 9:00pm (L.O.8:30pm)
Closed Tuesday & 4th Wed of the month
Website Official Website

Enjoy Eel and Oyster at “Tsukiakari”

Eel and oyster are Hiroshima specialties, and at Tsukiakari (Moonlight), you can enjoy the seafood of Hiroshima to your heart’s content. Their special Eel Rice is a delicious dish that consists of rice cooked in broth taken from eels, and covered in their homemade sauce. As mentioned in the caption on the photo, the tender, thin-skinned Setouchi eel is slowly cooked to release the flavor and fragrance, and will be sure to give you an appetite. They also have Eel Rice bento boxes, which would be good to eat at the neighboring Peace Memorial Park.

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It’s close to the A-Bomb Dome, and can be recognized by the large red cloth sign.
The fragrant aroma of eel wafting out the door will stop you in your tracks.

Shun no Sakana to Aburi Tsukiakari
Address 1-8-9 Otemachi, Naka-ku, Hiroshima (map)
Closest Station 2mins walk from “Atomic Bomb Dome mae”
Open 11:30am – 2:00pm ,5:00pm – 12:00am
Closed Monday
Website Tripadvisor

Pick a Hiroshima Souvenir at Hondori

Experience Hiroshima at Hiroshima Yume Plaza

They have a wide variety of products showcasing the best parts of Hiroshima Prefecture, and are loved by the locals as well. They also have demonstrations every 2 weeks where you can get a special original product made. In addition to the goods for sale, they also have a tourism information counter, which has all the information you need to know about Hiroshima.

Lemons grown in Hiroshima Prefecture make up over half of all lemons grown in Japan. Hiyashiame, a popular drink here, uses these Setoda lemons alongside ginger. It has fans around the country, with many repeat customers buying it by the case. It’s good for when you’re feeling tired on your journey, have a cold, or are fatigued by the heat.

Hiroshima Yume Plaza
Address 8-28 Hondori, Naka-ku, Hiroshima (map)
Closest Station 3mins walk from “Tatemachi Station”
Open 10:00am -7:00pm
Closed Wednesday (New Year’s Holidays, Obon)
Website Tripadvisor

All The Souvenirs of Hiroshima At Nagasakiya

Nagasakiya, Hiroshima products and souvenir store, is established in 1892. Inside the shop, you’ll find the standard souvenirs and hidden gems, as well as Kumano makeup brushes, popular inside and outside Japan. With all of Hiroshima’s latest products, I’m sure you’ll be able to find a great souvenir here.

Hassaku Daifuku, which at one point had to be pulled off the shelves because it was so explosively popular, is characterized by the acidity of fresh citrus and the sweetness of white bean paste. They only sell it on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, so if you’re there at the right time, why don’t you try it out?

Enter the arcade to the east of Hondori Station and turn left.
At the back of the shop, there’s another shop called Yamadaya, where you can eat freshly made momiji manju.

Nagasakiya
Address 6-8 Hondori, Naka-ku, Hiroshima (map)
Closest Station 1min walk from “Hondori Station”
Open 9:30am – 7:00pm
Closed Jan 1, 2, 3
Website Tripadvisor

 

Access to Hondori Street

 

How did you feel about Hondori filled with the charm of Hiroshima? In this article I covered 7 stores out of more than 200! There’s lots more great shops, so when you visit Hiroshima, go have fun at Hondori Shopping Arcade!

 

Photo Credit: Hiroshima Prefecture