Out Drinking in Hiroshima

May 27, 2019 By Hugh Cann

You have had a great week and want to celebrate, or possibly it was one of those weeks that felt like a string of Mondays one after the other and you just want to have a quiet drink and put it behind you. Here are some suggestions for places to...[ Click to read more ]

Hiking Mt Mitaki in Hiroshima City

By Hugh Cann

The best hike within Hiroshima City is a great bush hike to the summit of Mt Mitaki on the outskirts of the city. Mt Mitaki is best known for Mitaki-dera (三瀧寺), an historic Japanese temple nestling on the mountainside, a very short but entirely well worthwhile journey from Hiroshima city...[ Click to read more ]

The Mazda Museum in Hiroshima – More Than You’d Expect

By Hugh Cann

Amongst the museums, galleries, and attractions you will find in Hiroshima, perhaps one of the more surprisingly interesting is the Mazda Museum. In fact, it may well be news to you indeed that the Mazda brand originated in Hiroshima and where the Mazda Motor Corporation, founded in Hiroshima in 1920,...[ Click to read more ]

Hiroshima’s Takehara and Tomonoura in a Day

Apr 24, 2019 By Matt Mangham

With a nice little string of holidays at the beginning of May, you may be thinking of braving the roads for a day trip. From Hiroshima, there are any number of directions you might set off in, but if you’re fond of historic districts and traditional Japanese scenery, one sure...[ Click to read more ]

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Hikes around Hiroshima

By Matt Mangham

Winter is well behind us and now is the perfect time for a hike in western Japan, before the rains set in, followed by the summer heat and its attendant crowds of insects. From almost anywhere in downtown Hiroshima, you can spot the hills rising around the city, and that...[ Click to read more ]

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Diving into Hiroshima’s Sakes

Apr 23, 2019 By Matt Mangham

If you’ve only recently moved to Hiroshima, you may not yet be aware that you are in one of Japan’s three great centers for sake production, the other two being in Kobe and Kyoto. Of the three, Hiroshima is both the youngest and, by some metrics, the most innovative. Until...[ Click to read more ]

Hiroshima Concert Venues

Mar 26, 2019 By Matt Mangham

Several times a year, someone will say to me that they miss live music. And while they may really mean a favorite band or venue back home, if you love live music there’s no need to go without, even in a city as relatively compact as Hiroshima. Concerts can be...[ Click to read more ]

Art Museums around Hiroshima

By Matt Mangham

I wrote elsewhere this month about where to look for live music in Hiroshima. Now let’s talk a little about the visual arts. Again, if you count galleries and exhibitions in coffee shops and other venues, the possibilities immediately expand to fill more time than you probably have. For the...[ Click to read more ]

International Festival of Extreme Sports

By Matt Mangham

For three days in April, downtown Hiroshima will take on a new vibe as crowds of breakdancers, freestyle BMX riders, parkour players and other extreme athletes converge on the site of the former municipal stadium just north of Peace Park for FISE Hiroshima. FISE, which stands for Festival International des...[ Click to read more ]

Top Five Hanami Sites near Hiroshima

Feb 25, 2019 By Admin

Hanami is what the Japanese call "flower viewing,"  especially cherry blossoms (桜 sakura) with friends and family. In modern practice, hanami is enjoyed, especially by the younger generations of Japan, with copious amounts of food and drink. The practice is so popular that finding and securing a good spot in a...[ Click to read more ]