ekie (stylized with lowercase letters only) is a relatively new shopping center attached to the northern and eastern ends of Hiroshima Station. It’s actually broken down into several sections, but on the whole, it’s a bookstore, a convenience store, a food court, a nightlife destination, a souvenir store, and a supermarket at the same time! Grab a bite to eat here right after stepping off the Shinkansen, or buy a last-minute present for someone special right before catching your train!
Moment of Joy
There is a plethora of eateries at one’s disposal, but the one establishment most geared toward international tourists would have to be OKOSTA. Here, visitors from near and far learn how to make Hiroshima-style okonomiyaki by taking classes with professional, cheery, bilingual chefs. Everyone who takes a class gets his or her very own paper hat and apron to take home, and in addition to being able to eat one’s own creation on the spot, they can also order additional food, soft drinks, and alcohol from a separate menu for an unforgettable night at Hiroshima Station!