Dec 18, 2018 Attraction Hiroshima City

4 of the Best Gift & Specialty Shops in Hiroshima

#Culture ,#Shop ,#Shopping ,#Souvenir

 

At the mention of tourism in Hiroshima, places like Hiroshima Peace Memorial, Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and Miyajima would probably come to mind first.

However, there is another way to enjoy Hiroshima besides visiting these famous tourist spots. How about taking a leisurely stroll on the streets where you can find wonderful things at unexpected places?

This time, I will be introducing 4 shops and facilities where you can come into contact with various nice stuff of Hiroshima and Japan. You will be able to find something nice for your loved ones and yourself at these places!

READAN DEAT

Located just a minute’s walk from the Honkawa-cho electric tram stop in Naka Ward is a small shop named “READAN DEAT” which sells books and utensils.

You can find a range of tasteful books and utensils lined up in the store which are specially curated by the owner.

As every item has its own uniqueness and character, you are bound to find something you like and feel the owner’s love for his merchandise.

You can also find a variety of utensils which will spice up your dining table at this shop. Don’t forget to check out the regular events and pop-up shops bursting with originality which are held on a regular basis.

Among the events held here, you can get a taste of traditional art and craft alongside modern lifestyle goods used in Hiroshima and Japan through the wide array of works from different eras and styles presented here.

These events are bound to stimulate your senses and bring about a refreshing cultural experience to you.

As the merchandise sold here are specially curated, you may find photography and illustration books which are hardly found in major bookstores. These books will surely be a nice and tangible memento of the sights and culture you have seen and experienced during your trip in Japan.

READAN DEAT
Address 203 Wada bldg. 2-6-10 Honkawa-cho, Naka-ku, Hiroshima (map)
Open 11:00am- 7:00pm
Closed Tuesday
Website Official Website

Pencil

“Pencil” is a shop selling furniture, lights, fabric and small interior items in the Fukuromachi area which is close to Hondori Shopping Street, the main street of Hiroshima City’s urban district.

With its concept of developing attachment and fondness in a long-term and precious relationship, the shop offers a wide variety of goods which can still remain your favorite despite the passage of time.

You can find many types of popular products from famous manufacturers located nationwide or local artists.

For example, you can get kitchen goods from Japan’s representative porcelain enamel manufacturer Noda Horo which have always been known for its simple designs that suit different lifestyles.

I think the shop’s concept will definitely come across well to you as you take a look at the products presented here.

Pencil
Address 7-21 Fukuromachi, Naka-ku, Hiroshima (map)
Open 11:00am- 8:00pm
Closed Irregular Holidays
Website Official Website  

Tanemaki

“Tanemaki” is a popular sundries shop in Hiroshima which opened in 2005 and has since branched into selling its own line of products along with that from other manufacturers.

With the owner’s concept of enjoying everyday life to the fullness, you can find a wide selection of handmade items which aim to do the same for you.

At Tanemaki, there is an extensive range of utensils, bags, foodstuff and jewellery which are bound to excite you. These unique items are made by Japan’s craftsmen which are great to be given as gifts on special occasions such as wedding anniversaries or Mother’s Day.

The leather pouch wallet here is an original item which was created based on customer feedback and has been very popular since the shop opened. As to why it is so well-received, it is said that the wallet is of the right size for people to put their money, cards and handphones inside and bring them around with ease.  The owner’s willingness to take customer needs into consideration when deciding on the product range is probably what makes this shop so popular over the years.

Tanemaki
Address Fujii bldg.2F-4F 2-6-31, Otemachi, Naka-ku, Hiroshima (map)
Open 11:00am- 7:00pm
Closed Tuesday
Website Official Website  

HIROSHIMA ORIZURU TOWER

How about swinging by this large one-stop-facility which houses not only a sundries shop but also cafes, experiential events to participate in and various stores for you to buy souvenirs at?

HIROSHIMA ORIZURU TOWER is a multi-purpose facility built in 2016 and housed within a 14-story building measuring 51.5m high which allows you to enjoy all of “made in Hiroshima” under one roof.

It is located just beside Hiroshima Peace Memorial and attracts many tourists daily.

The souvenir shop named “Hito to Ki” (Human and Tree) is located on the first floor and offers about 100 types of traditional desserts, sundries, wine etc. from longstanding brands representative of Hiroshima.

There are also special events where you can buy in-season foodstuff. On the 12th floor of the building, you can watch videos and learn how to make crane origami at the Orizuru Square. The completed cranes can then be added to the Orizuru Wall which is the symbol of this building and represents your wish for peace.

At the side of the souvenir shop is “Akushu Café” (Handshake Café) which features a menu using ingredients from Hiroshima and Seto Inland Sea. You may choose to dine in or takeaway food and drinks from this café.

Do check out the observatory at HIROSHIMA ORIZURU TOWER which offers a panoramic view of Hiroshima City. The sunset view here is much raved about by the locals and tourists. Seeing the Hiroshima Peace Memorial lit up in the night and how the streets of Hiroshima get covered by the golden sunset are bound to become unforgettable memories for anyone who comes here.

And not to forget, there is a discount promotion for tourists from overseas only which will last till the end of December 2019. Do make use of this opportunity to take in the breathtaking sights of Hiroshima!

Admission Fee for Tourists From Overseas
Date 1 October 2018 – End of December 2019
Admission Fee Adults: ¥1,000
Junior and senior high school students: ¥600
Elementary school students: ¥500
Pre-school children at 4 years old or above: ¥400

*Discounts are applicable to those who present a passport issued by a country other than Japan

HIROSHIMA ORIZURU TOWER
Address 1-2-1 Otemachi, Naka-ku, Hiroshima City (map)
Open Observatory & Souvenir Shop
10:00am – 7:00pmAkushu Café
10:00am – 9:00pm (Last order: 8:30pm)

*Operating hours are subjected to change depending on the season and whether any events are ongoing so please check the website before your visit.

Closed 31 December, 15 and 16 January
Website Official Website  

Strolling on the Streets

It is easy to make your way around the streets of Hiroshima as it is a compact city. There are many interesting, unique and wonderful things for you to discover in these streets. How about embarking on a journey to discover these which will surely enhance your travel experience in Hiroshima?