This promotional movie introduces Miyajima known as a World Heritage Site and one of the best scenic places in Japan. Approximately over 3 million tourists come to visit throughout the year. The fascination of the city is not only historical sites but also great local food like Momiji Manjyu cake and Anagomeshi (Conger eel rice).There are still many people who don’t know what kind of place Hatsukaichi City is! Let’s take a closer look at Hatsukaichi City!
Hatsukaichi city is a port town located in western Hiroshima Prefecture, facing Seto Inland Sea. The weather in the southern area is warm because it faces the sea, but the northern part is cold because it faces the mountains. Hatsukaichi city is known as a world famous sightseeing spot because of Akino-Miyajima, one of the three best views of Japan, and the World Heritage Itsukushima Shrine. Must-see places are not only historical sites but there are also lots of activities such as hot springs, sport facilities, aquarium, bathing in the sea in summer time and skiing and snowboarding in the wintertime. A trivial fact is that the city is the birthplace of Kendama (Japanese cup and ball game) so it is also becoming known as the city of Kendama recently.
Access to the center of Hatsukaichi city
Arriving by airplane:
Approximately 1h 40min from Haneda Airport to Iwakuni Airport. 15 mins from Iwakuni Kintaikyo bridge bus stop to Iwakuni station by bus. 30 mins from Iwakuni station to Hatsukaichi station by JR Sanyo Honsen Line.
Arriving by train:
Approximately 4h from Tokyo to Hiroshima Station by bullet train. 20 mins from Hiroshima station to Hatsukaichi station by JR Sanyo Honsen Line.
A must-see spot in Hatsukaichi city
Itsukushima is also known as Akino-Miyajima; it has one of the best views of Japan with Matsushima and Amanohashidate. The island has often appeared in the history of Japan since ancient times, and has been a place of nature worship. After the end of the Heian period, Itsukushima Shrine, which is a designated World Heritage Site, had been very influential and was an important place of sea transportation. Itsukushima has been a great sightseeing attraction since the Edo period and currently over 3 million visitors come to the island from all over the world every year. There is Mt. Misen near the shrine and the “View from Mt. Misen Observatory” has earned a three-star status in the Michelin Green Guide Japon. There are more must-visit places such as Miyajima Omotesando Shopping area, Miyajima Aquarium, Yamabe-no-Komichi (Yamabe Alley), Toyokuni Shrine and more.
A must-eat dish in Hatsukaichi city
Anagomeshi (Conger eel rice)
Anagomeshi was originally made as a Bento box and sold at Miyajima Station (currently Miyajimaguchi station) in 1897 and has been loved as a local food ever since. The inventor Tanikichi Ueno opened a restaurant named “Anagomeshi Ueno” in 1901 and is very famous and popular even now.
A must-buy souvenir in Hatsukaichi city
You can find many good souvenirs in Hiroshima but Momiji Manju is the most popular and standard. Standard Momiji Manju is a maple leaf shaped cake filled with red bean paste but there are over 15 different flavors currently such as cream and chocolate coated ones. It’s sold individually so you can find your favorite flavor!
Why don’t you visit Hatsukaichi city to view the World Heritage?
「Visit Hiroshima」Hiroshima Prefecture official tourism information site.
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