Mexican Food in Hiroshima

Jan 28, 2019 By Matt Mangham

The rest of the world’s foodies may cast a longing eye toward Japan, but let’s face it, if you live here sometimes you just want a  decent taco. Once upon a time, this was surprisingly difficult, but no longer. Hiroshima has at least two good Mexican options now, while an...[ Click to read more ]

The Shopping Underground: Depachika in Hiroshima

By Matt Mangham

One of the best reasons to visit a department store here is to ride the elevator down to the basement, where a food lover’s wonderland lies waiting. ‘Depachika’ combines the first two syllables of "department store" with the Japanese word for "basement." Though they’ve evolved over the decades, depachika have...[ Click to read more ]

‘Jewels of the Sea’ Miyajima Oyster Festival near Hiroshima

Jan 23, 2019 By

Although Hiroshima is famous for its oysters throughout the year, it is during winter, in the coldest month of February that they're at their best.  Sure you can go to a famous restaurant or oyster bar in Hiroshima to enjoy them, but for something more fun (and certainly cheaper!), why...[ Click to read more ]

Hot coffee on a Winter Day. Hiroshima’s Best Cafes.

Dec 28, 2018 By Matt Mangham

It’s January, and suddenly western Japan is a great deal colder than you thought it would be. You want to go out, but you don’t want to go out. What to do? This month I’ll suggest a few possibilities for three things that are always best indoors: a cup of...[ Click to read more ]

Books and Coffee in Hiroshima

By Matt Mangham

We’ve already talked about where to track down Hiroshima’s best hot coffee in the depths of January, but once you’re in the cafe, you’ll need something to read, surely. You can swipe through Instagramm, sure, but for now we’re shooting for urbane sophistication, and that calls for print. Unfortunately, Hiroshima...[ Click to read more ]

Hiroshima Cinemas

By Matt Mangham

This is one of the best times of year to see a movie. Time off, cold weather outside, and a flotilla of holiday releases all clamoring for an audience. Luckily, Hiroshima is much friendlier to cinephiles than it is to English language readers. There are several large cineplexes, as well...[ Click to read more ]

Food of Hiroshima

Dec 03, 2018 By Mark Guthrie

Most cities in Japan can boast exquisite and marvelous food, and many of them are rightly vaunted for it. Hiroshima, for all its international fame, is not one of them, and this is somewhat unfair in our opinion. Hiroshima cuisine is diverse and exciting and, most importantly, it is delicious....[ Click to read more ]

Drinking Sake Warms Winters in Hiroshima

Nov 28, 2018 By

How do you get warm and stay warm when the temperature in Hiroshima drops during the winter? Ah, that’s easy, the locals tell me, hot sake! With the weather getting cooler, now is the perfect time to take advantage of some of the best sake around and also the time...[ Click to read more ]

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Hiroshima Winter Illuminations

Nov 27, 2018 By Matt Mangham

Seasonal illuminations are a big deal in Japan. From the famous Kobe Luminarie, donated by the Italian government following the Great Hanshin Earthquake, to light festivals in Osaka, Sendai, Nagoya and elsewhere, a chilly stroll through an enchanted scene of colored lights has become a prominent feature of winter in...[ Click to read more ]

Hiroshima Ski and Snowboard Resorts

By Matt Mangham

Hiroshima isn’t the first place that comes to mind when you think of skiing in Japan. We’re a long way from the Nagano Alps, and even further from Hokkaido, but people do go skiing in the Prefecture or just over the border in Shimane. There are a number of options,...[ Click to read more ]