When tourists drop by Hiroshima Prefecture, they often visit the attractions on the west and east ends of the prefecture: Miyajima/Hiroshima and Onomichi/Fukuyama, respectively. However, there’s lots on the coast between them that warrants a visit too. Delve into history that spans multiple eras while marveling at cute mascots and dining on delicious specialty okonomiyaki of the area!
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: Mihara Station [Hello Kitty Shinkansen, ~35 minutes]
02 Mihara Castle Ruins (三原城跡)
The Mihara Castle Ruins are the ruins of the great Mihara Castle that once existed in Mihara City, Hiroshima Prefecture. Although only a part of the castle still exists, such as the castle tower (the stone foundation of the castle tower), the moat surrounding the castle, and the Funairi Tower, it is known as a popular tourist spot visited by most of the tourists who come to Mihara City for sightseeing due to its convenience of being just a short walk from JR Mihara Station. This is one of the few places in Japan where you can see part of the castle ruins from the platform of JR Mihara Station, or even from the JR train.
- 1-1 Shiromachi, Mihara, Hiroshima Prefecture, JAPAN
03 Oshima Shrine (大島神社)
Oshima Shrine, which is only a fifteen-minute walk from JR Mihara Station, is a shrine that has a deep connection to Mihara and has been treasured by the people of Mihara throughout the ages. It is said that the present Oshima Shrine came about when Kobayakawa Takakage, the ruler of Mihara Castle and fervent worshipper of the local tutelary god Oshima Inari (who protected the castle and territory), took the branch shrines of Itsukushima Shrine–which he prayed to even in the midst of battle–and moved them in with the Oshima Inari shrine. Every February, there is a Hina Festival where people pray for the growth of healthy girls, and that event bustles with locals.
- 3-6-12 Honmachi, Mihara, Hiroshima Prefecture, JAPAN
04 Okonomiyaki Tetchan (お好み焼 てっちゃん)
Okonomiyaki Tetchan is a popular okonomiyaki restaurant in Mihara City. There are 7 other restaurants all thoughout Japan including Hiroshima, Osaka, Tokyo, boasting nationwide popularity. Okonomiyaki Tetchan offers a wide variety of okonomiyaki, including modern-yaki (Osaka-style but with noodles) and Mihara-yaki topped with chicken offal. Mihara-yaki is a very rare dish that can only be found in the Mihara okonomiyaki restaurants in Hiroshima Prefecture.
- 1-5-25 Shiro-machi, Mihara, Hiroshima Prefecture, JAPAN
Transportation: Tadanoumi Station [JR Kure Line, ~25 minutes]
05 Tadanoumi Station (忠海駅)
Tadanoumi Station is a humble station right by Tadanoumi Port, which is most tourists’ first stop on their journey to Okunoshima, the infamous “Rabbit Island” off the coast of Takehara. As such, the station sign also features a rabbit mascot to remind tourists to disembark here if they wish to see the bunnies. Its location also makes it easy to squeeze a quick visit to either Takehara Preserved Historic District or Mihara Castle in the same day as well.
- 1-1-1 Tadanoumi Nakamachi, Takehara, Hiroshima Prefecture, JAPAN
Buy pellets to feed the rabbits on Okunoshima [Ferry, ~15 minutes] in the gift shop beforehand!
06 Ōkunoshima (大久野島)
Okunojima is an uninhabited island located about 15 minutes by ferry from Omishima Island, one of the islands on the Shimanami Kaido, and from Tadanoumi Port, a short distance from JR Tadanoumi Station. Okunojima has long been famous as the “Rabbit Island,” with about 900 wild rabbits living on the island. Okunojima is also known as the island where the former Japanese Army secretly conducted poison gas experiments during World War II, and the island is dotted with facilities such as the Poison Gas Museum.
- Okunoshima, Tadanoumi-cho, Takehara, Hiroshima Prefecture, JAPAN
Transportation: Takehara Station [Ferry & JR Kure Line, ~30 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
08 Okonomiyaki Horikawa (お好み焼き ほり川)
Okonomiyaki Horikawa is situated in the Historic Preserved District of Takehara City and is a restaurant that prides itself on its unparalleled popularity in all of Takehara. In the restaurant, which was established in 1919 from a remodeled soy sauce factory storehouse, customers can enjoy a wide variety of okonomiyaki, such as the Seafood Special, which contains delicacies like scallops, squid, shrimp, and octopus on top of the quintessential pork, eggs, and vegetables. Since every table is equipped with a hot iron plate, diners can savor their okonomiyaki while it’s piping hot to the last delectable bite.
- 3-8-21 Honmachi, Takehara, Hiroshima Prefecture, JAPAN
Transportation: Hiroshima Station [JR Kure Line, ~120 minutes]
09 Hiroshima Okonomi Monogatari (ひろしまお好み物語)
Hiroshima Okonomi Monogatari is a tourist facility located just outside JR Hiroshima Station. 15 okonomiyaki stalls of various sizes are lined up around a large area that recreates the food stalls of Hiroshima from the 1960s. Each stall offers its own unique okonomiyaki and teppanyaki. The customer base ranges from tourists both from Japan and overseas, to locals living in Hiroshima. Many of the stalls have English menus as well as English-speaking staff.
- Hiroshima Full Focus Building 6F, 10-1 Matsubara-cho, Minami Ward, Hiroshima City, Hiroshima Prefecture, JAPAN
Walk back to your hotel in Hiroshima City with a full belly.
Hiroshima Station (広島駅)
2-37 Matsubaracho, Minami Ward, Hiroshima City, Hiroshima Prefecture, JAPAN
Mihara Castle Ruins (三原城跡)
1-1 Shiromachi, Mihara, Hiroshima Prefecture, JAPAN
Oshima Shrine (大島神社)
3-6-12 Honmachi, Mihara, Hiroshima Prefecture, JAPAN
Okonomiyaki Tetchan (お好み焼 てっちゃん)
1-5-25 Shiro-machi, Mihara, Hiroshima Prefecture, JAPAN
Tadanoumi Station (忠海駅)
1-1-1 Tadanoumi Nakamachi, Takehara, Hiroshima Prefecture, JAPAN
Okunoshima, Tadanoumi-cho, Takehara, 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
Okonomiyaki Horikawa (お好み焼き ほり川)
3-8-21 Honmachi, Takehara, Hiroshima Prefecture, JAPAN
Hiroshima Okonomi Monogatari (ひろしまお好み物語)
Hiroshima Full Focus Building 6F, 10-1 Matsubara-cho, Minami Ward, Hiroshima City, Hiroshima Prefecture, JAPAN