Quite a handful of anime series take place in Hiroshima Prefecture. Hit up various cities that became the backdrop for popular shows like Kantai Collection, Tamayura, and Kamichu! Return to Hiroshima City at night to shop for anime-related goods downtown.
01 Hiroshima Station (広島駅)
Hiroshima Station is the bustling transportation hub of our peaceful city, and one of the principal entertainment hubs as well. All JR lines in the city stop here, and from here, people can take numerous buses and streetcars anywhere in the city, or even out of town. The ekie shopping complex located inside the station building also has no shortage of restaurants and souvenir shops to keep visitors busy for hours.
- 2-37 Matsubaracho, Minami Ward, Hiroshima City, Hiroshima Prefecture, JAPAN
Transportation: Onomichi Station [JR Sanyo Line, ~90 minutes]
02 Jikoji (持光寺)
Jikoji, about a five-minute walk from JR Onomichi Station, is the first temple to be visited on the popular Onomichi Seven Buddhas Tour. The temple is said to be beneficial for prolonging one’s life, and it is said that passing through the stone gate at the entrance of the temple will prolong one’s life. At Jikoji Temple, you can also enjoy the experience of making nigiri-butsu. A nigiri-butsu is a small Buddha statue made by squeezing a piece of clay that can fit in one hand. Each person’s palm is shaped differently, thereby affecting the shape of the statuette, and the nigiri-butsu has a warm and heartwarming appearance.
Admission Fee: ¥300
Nigiri-butsu experience – ¥1,500
- 9-2 Nishitsuchido-cho, Onomichi, Hiroshima Prefecture, JAPAN
03 Ushitora Shrine (艮神社)
The Ushitora Shrine is the oldest shrine in Onomichi, with a history of over 1,200 years, making it the oldest shrine in Onomichi. The shrine grounds are also famous for having been featured many times in famous movies and anime. The shrine was the setting for the movie “The Girl Who Leapt Through Time” and the anime “Kamichu!” Neko no Hosomichi (Cat Alley), which is also a popular tourist spot, leads from the back of the shrine.
- 1-3-5 Nagae, Onomichi, Hiroshima Prefecture, JAPAN
Transportation: Senkoji Summit Observatory PEAK [Senkoji Ropeway, ~10 minutes]
04 Senkoji (千光寺)
Senkoji Temple is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Onomichi. The temple is located halfway up Mt. Taiho and is said to have been built about 1,200 years ago. The vermilion-lacquered main hall, also known as the “red hall,” is said to be unique in its beauty and has been preserved in many postcards and photographs since ancient times. The Senkoji ropeway, which departs from the foot of the mountain, is a convenient way to get to Senkoji. It takes about three minutes to reach the mountainside where Senkoji Temple is located.
- 15-1 Higashitsuchido-cho, Onomichi, Hiroshima Prefecture, JAPAN
05 Cat Alley (猫の細道)
Cat Alley (Neko no Hosomichi) is a narrow alleyway that stretches about 200 meters from the Ushitora Shrine to the three-story pagoda of Tenneji Temple in Onomichi. It is a tourist attraction nicknamed “Neko no Hosomichi” (the narrow path of cats) as the number of Fukuseki Neko, the works of author Shunji Sonoyama, started to increase in this alley. As the number of these cats increased, the area was nicknamed “Neko no Hosomichi (Cat Alley).”
This is located in a residential area,
so we encourage that you visit
during the daytime.
- 19-26, Higashitsuchido-cho, Onomichi, Hiroshima Prefecture, JAPAN
06 Ichibankan (壱番館)
Ichibankan is a ramen restaurant located about a 10-minute walk from Onomichi Station. The ramen served in Onomichi is called “Onomichi Ramen,” and is characterized by a light chicken-based soup with a rich flavor and a lot of back oil. Ichibankan is one of the most popular Onomichi ramen restaurants, offering ramen with plenty of green onions and a clear, special broth.
- 2-9-26 Tsuchido, Onomichi, Hiroshima Prefecture, JAPAN
Transportation: Takehara Station [JR Sanyo & Kure Lines, ~50 minutes]
07 Takehara Preserved Historic District (たけはら町並み保存地区)
Known as “Aki’s Little Kyoto,” the Takehara Preserved Historic District is a tourist spot where you can see the old streets of Takehara City, which has prospered since ancient times. Lined with old houses and warehouses that are over several hundred years old the area has been selected as a national important traditional building preservation district. Once you step into the district, you will feel as if you have taken a step back in time to traditional Japan.
- 3-11-7 Honmachi, Takehara, Hiroshima Prefecture, JAPAN
Transportation: Kure Station [JR Kure Line, ~65 minutes]
08 Yamato Museum, a.k.a. Kure Maritime Museum (大和ミュージアム、又の名を呉市海事歴史科学館)
Kure City was once the location of the largest naval arsenal in Japan. During World War II, the city built the great Battleship Yamato, which was one of the world’s largest battleships at the time. After the war, the city built many of the world’s largest trading tankers, and today Kure continues to flourish as a shipbuilding town. The Yamato Museum, located a five-minute walk from Kure Station, is a museum that introduces the modern history of Kure’s use as a military port and Kure’s world-class shipbuilding and their application of science and technology over the ages. The museum has valuable artifacts such as a full-size Type 62 Zero fighter plane and an exhibition room that explains shipbuilding and other scientific advancements in a step-by-step manner that is easy to understand for everyone.
(Exhibition Admission Fee)
General (University students
and above) – ¥500
High School students – ¥300
Elementary/Junior High School
students – ¥200
Preschoolers – Free
※ If you are a student, please
present your passport or
school ID at reception when
purchasing your ticket.
- 5-20 Takara-cho, Kure, Hiroshima Prefecture, JAPAN
Transportation: Shin-Hakushima Station [JR Kure & Sanyo Lines, ~50 minutes]; Hondori Station [Astram Line, ~5 minutes]
09 Animate Hiroshima (アニメイト広島)
Animate Hiroshima is the largest anime and manga specialty store in Hiroshima. The first floor of the store is a video arcade with prizes such as popular anime goods. The second and third floors sell manga related to anime (some foreign versions are available), CDs, and many official goods that can only be bought in Japan. The fourth and fifth floors are dedicated to figurines and coterie magazines. The store is incredibly popular with otaku (extreme anime lovers), many of whom visit the store every day.
- 2-3-1 Otemachi, Naka Ward, Hiroshima City, Hiroshima Prefecture, JAPAN
10 Hondori Shopping Street (本通商店街)
The bustling downtown area called Hondori is named after the pedestrian-only arcade shopping street that symbolizes the city. This shopping street is lined with clothing stores representing Japan and countries around the world. At night, the neon lights of izakaya (Japanese pubs) and pubs come on all at once. Ramen specialty stores and sushi restaurants with counter seating are open until midnight. Nearby, Okonomimura is a collection of restaurants specializing in Hiroshima’s special okonomiyaki.
- Hondori, Naka Ward, Hiroshima City, Hiroshima Prefecture, JAPAN
Grab some dinner on or around Hondori before heading to your place of accommodation for the night.
Hiroshima Station (広島駅)
2-37 Matsubaracho, Minami Ward, Hiroshima City, Hiroshima Prefecture, JAPAN
9-2 Nishitsuchido-cho, Onomichi, Hiroshima Prefecture, JAPAN
Ushitora Shrine (艮神社)
1-3-5 Nagae, Onomichi, Hiroshima Prefecture, JAPAN
15-1 Higashitsuchido-cho, Onomichi, Hiroshima Prefecture, JAPAN
Cat Alley (猫の細道)
19-26, Higashitsuchido-cho, Onomichi, Hiroshima Prefecture, JAPAN
2-9-26 Tsuchido, Onomichi, Hiroshima Prefecture, JAPAN
Takehara Preserved Historic District (たけはら町並み保存地区)
3-11-7 Honmachi, Takehara, Hiroshima Prefecture, JAPAN
Yamato Museum, a.k.a. Kure Maritime Museum (大和ミュージアム、又の名を呉市海事歴史科学館)
5-20 Takara-cho, Kure, Hiroshima Prefecture, JAPAN
Animate Hiroshima (アニメイト広島)
2-3-1 Otemachi, Naka Ward, Hiroshima City, Hiroshima Prefecture, JAPAN
Hondori Shopping Street (本通商店街)
Hondori, Naka Ward, Hiroshima City, Hiroshima Prefecture, JAPAN