Where to Go in Hiroshima for Unique Amulets and Votive Tablets

Jan 31, 2024 By Justin Hanus

A modern way to attract visitors to a particular shrine or temple is to offer amulets and votive plaques. Each is a representation of the place, meaning it can be a great reminder about where you visited. Some of the amulets and votive plaques available from the shrines and temples...[ Click to read more ]

Food Only Available in Hiroshima

Jan 29, 2024 By Justin Hanus

Although some dishes are common throughout the country, different regions in Japan also have their own specialties that may be difficult — or even impossible — to find elsewhere. Hiroshima is no exception. 1. Hiroshima Okonomiyaki You may have had okonomiyaki in Osaka — but the version in Hiroshima is...[ Click to read more ]

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The Hiroshima Music Scene

Dec 27, 2023 By Justin Hanus

Japan has a vibrant and diverse music culture and has provided the world with top-selling exports over the years such as Yellow Magic Orchestra and Babymetal. Tokyo and Osaka are the two cities with the most developed music scenes but there are many other cities with a simmering underground of...[ Click to read more ]

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What is Okonomiyaki and How Do You Eat It?

By Justin Hanus

A classic dish in Hiroshima is okonomiyaki (there’s also a version from Osaka). It started gaining traction before World War II and then became a staple among residents after the bombing as a cheap way to eat a filling meal. Today, it remains a popular meal, with restaurants around prefecture...[ Click to read more ]

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Top Places to Try Fugu in Hiroshima

By Justin Hanus

Fugu (blowfish) is an important aspect of Japanese cuisine. In addition to its delicious taste, it gained its fame due to the fact that many parts of the fish are lethally poisonous, including the organs, eyes, and skin. There are strict regulations around serving fugu, such as a law that...[ Click to read more ]

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Hiroshima Cinemas

Nov 30, 2023 By Matt Mangham

We’re fast approaching the peak cinema season as the weather chills, the nights draw in and this year’s big winter blockbusters hit our screens. Japan has a rich culture of film-making and its citizens love going to the movies as much as anyone else. The cinema experience in Japan is...[ Click to read more ]

Best Parks in Hiroshima

By Justin Hanus

Located in the southwest of Japan’s largest island – Honshu – and with a rich and varied history, Hiroshima prefecture is a draw for many tourists to the country and has also become the home to many expat settlers. Among its attractions are several parks that provide not just great...[ Click to read more ]

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Holiday Dining Options in Hiroshima 2023

By Bert Wishart

Hiroshima has great local cuisine, and there are numerous wonderful options available to you at any time of year. During the holidays, however, you may need some hints on where to go to get your fill of holiday tastes and treats. There is no cause for alarm, however, as we...[ Click to read more ]

Hiroshima Dreamination: One of the Best Winter Events in the City

Oct 27, 2023 By Justin Hanus

For more than two decades, Hiroshima has held Dreamination every winter. Downtown is transformed with around 500 figures and tunnels made from a million and a half LED lights. Dreamination has become one of the winter events the city is most renowned for, attracting thousands of people. After an inauguration,...[ Click to read more ]

How to Get an ETC Card in Japan

Oct 19, 2023 By Justin Hanus

To pay the expressway tolls in Japan, it helps to have an Electronic Toll Collection (ETC) card. This allows you to make automatic cashless payments instead of needing to stop at tollbooths and pay in cash. There are even special lanes at the tolls for holders of ETC cards, which...[ Click to read more ]