The largest producer of oysters in the whole Japan is Hiroshima Prefecture. With a motto “entertaining travellers with oysters”, Hiroshima is developing a new special restaurant tour called “Hiroshima Oyster Crawl”.
In this article, we would like to introduce not only the delicious oysters of Hiroshima, but also other charming things in Hiroshima Prefecture, which is a place that is very popular among foreign tourists as well.
What Kind of a Place is Hiroshima Prefecture
Speaking of Hiroshima Prefecture, some people think of the red cap army of the baseball team Hiroshima Toyo Carp, and its fanatic fans that fill all the baseball stadiums in red.
Besides baseball, Hiroshima’s townscape is filled with history and nature with plenty of sea and mountains. There is so much charm and so many places to visit, with superb views and diverse gourmet food, that one day is not going to be enough to see and experience everything.
Access to Hiroshima
Arriving by plane: Approx. 1 hour 25 min. from Haneda Airport to Hiroshima Airport.
Arriving by shinkansen: Approx. 4 hours from Tokyo Station to Hiroshima Station by Nozomi Shinkansen train.
Arriving by highway bus: Approx. 11 hours 35 min. from Tokyo Station to Hiroshima Station by New Breeze Liner night bus (Odakyu Bus, Chugoku JR Bus).
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Hiroshima Oyster Crawl
In this restaurant tour, the food is offered by the participating stores in the area, that each have prepared an original specialty menu with the store’s specialty dishes. There are two places that are easy to visit for someone who is coming to Hiroshima for the first time, Yokokawa Shopping Street and Osukacho Station West Exit Area (also known as Ekinishi). Yokokawa Shopping Street is located in front of Yokokawa Station, which is just 5 minutes from Hiroshima Station by San’yo Main Line. Ekinishi is easily accessible by foot from Hiroshima Station South Exit.
Onomichi is a town, which is a certified heritage site in Japan. A view of Onomichi’s townscape, as well as the beautiful islands of Seto Inland Sea, and on clear days even a panoramic view of the mountains of Shikoku can be seen from Senkoji Park, which is also known as a sacred place for couples.
Surrounded by clear streams of water, and beautiful green ravines, Sandan-kyo is a large canyon, with a total length of around 16 km from the canyon entrance to Lake Hijiri. The beauty of new green leaves in spring, and autumn leaves in autumn are like Mother Nature’s work of art.
3 Must-eat Dishes to Order When Visiting Hiroshima Prefecture
A recommended menu in “Hiroshima Oyster Crawl”: Hiroshima oysters prepared teppan-style (cooked on a hot steel plate) unique to Hiroshima. This particular item is a Hiroshima-style okonomiyaki with a gorgeous pile of oysters on top.
This ramen is prepared with a soy sauce base, with back fat of pork added on top, giving it a richer taste. In addition, a mixture of seafood-based broth and chicken broth is added in the soup, making it an indescribable masterpiece.
Octopus dishes of Mihara
Mihara City is one of the most prominent producer of octopus in the Seto Inland Sea area. There are plenty of gourmet octopus dishes available, such as takomeshi (mixed rice with octopus), takoyaki, and takoten (octopus tempura), all of which use “Mihara Yassa Octopus”, which is the octopus brand of the Federation of Fisheries Cooperative Association of Mihara.
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Processed oyster products
Hiroshima oysters marinated in olive oil, oyster soy sauce, oyster rice crackers, and many more. There is so much variety that it is hard to choose which one to get.
Kumano makeup brushes
The town of Kumano produces 80% of the brushes in Japan. These brushes handmade by artisans are not only used in Japan, but are also exported abroad, and many artists use them regularly.
Sake, like the sake of Saijo in Hiroshima, which is one of the three most famous sake brewery places in Japan, use the clear water gushing out of the granite of Chugoku Mountains. This gives it a soft, mellow, and very savory flavour, that mesmerizes many people.
The Dialect of Hiroshima Prefecture
“Mutsukoi”…Too rich, too heavy (taste).
“Inuru”…Return, go home.
There are plenty more fascinating things that are waiting for you to discover in Hiroshima Prefecture, so why don’t you visit there the next time you get some time off?
Hiroshima Sightseeing Navigation Site
translated by Samu Pekka Ojanen