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Home - Travel - Sightseeing Guide - Chugoku - Hiroshima
Downtown Hiroshima
# 2   of 5 most visited
sights in Hiroshima

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Hondori Arcade

Hiroshima has a bustling downtown area, the main feature of which is Hondori Street. Hondori is a pedestrian arcade that is closed to traffic and lined with shops and restaurants. It starts near the Peace Park and stretches east about half a kilometer.

Running parallel to Hondori is Aioidori (Aioi Street), the main street used by cars and trams. Along Aioi Street stand a few large department stores where more shopping can be found. Hiroshima Baseball Stadium, the venue for Hiroshima's beloved home team, the "Hiroshima Carp", is also located on Aioi Street.

Downtown Hiroshima at night

While in the downtown area, visitors to Hiroshima may want to take the opportunity to try one of Hiroshima's specialties: Hiroshima Style Okonomiyaki. Many restaurants along both Hondori and Aioi streets offer the local specialty, but the surest place to find it is in Okonomimura.

Usually translated as Okonomiyaki Village, Okonomimura is a small area just south of the eastern end of Hondori. As its name implies, it is devoted to okonomiyaki. Okonomimura has many different restaurants to choose from, and is a convenient place in the downtown area to take a break and grab a bite.

Okonomimura
Hiroshima Style Okonomiyaki

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How to get there
Hiroshima's downtown area is located a five minute tram ride by tram lines 1, 2 or 6, or a 20 minute walk west of Hiroshima Station. Okonomimura and the eastern end of Hondori are best accessed from Hacchobori tram stop.

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Hotels and Ryokan
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