What to Eat in Hiroshima

Date Visited: December 19-20, 2017

Hiroshima may often be associated with atomic bombs and WWII, but outside its tragic past, Hiroshima is also a place of arresting scenery and mouthwatering eats. I went to Hiroshima City and Miyajima Island in mid-December and here are some of my tastiest finds.


Pro Tip!

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The Visit Hiroshima Tourist Pass allows ticket holders unlimited access to city buses and trams for either 3 to 5 days. It also includes access to the two ferry lines to Miyajima. You also get a booklet with coupons you can use for certain restaurants. Available for foreign passport holders only.

 


Okonomiyaki (にぎり天; Japanese Savory Pancakes)

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Mitchan Special Okonomiyaki (JPY 1,350)
Mitchan Shinkansei Meitengai Branch
10:30-22:00
Accepts credit cards

Often described as Japanese savory pancakes, okonomiyaki is batter filled with a variety of ingredients—often including cabbage, meat, and seafood—grilled on an iron griddle. While the Kansai region tends to mix the ingredients, the Hiroshima variant of this beloved dish is layered, and beefed up with noodles! 

*Mitchan is known as the pioneer of Hiroshima-style okonomiyaki.

Shirunashi Tantanmen (汁なし担々麺; Soupless Dandan Noodles)

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Shirunashi Tantanmen (JPY 1,000)
Teppanya Ganga
19:00-05:00
Accepts credit cards

Dandan noodles, or tantanmen as they are called in Japan, are among the staple flavors of ramen. In Hiroshima, you can enjoy it “shirunashi,” which means without soup. The result is meat and noodles soaked up in all that chili oil goodness. This dish is hot and hits the spot!

Kaki Karēpan (かきカレーパン;  Oyster Curry Bread)

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Oyster Curry Bread (JPY 400)
BIG SET Miyajima Branch
08:00-18:00
Cash only

Hiroshima is known for oysters, which honestly, I’m not a big fan of. It’s common to enjoy them raw, grilled or battered and deep-fried. On Miyajima, you’ll find kaki karēpan. That’s bread, stuffed with curry roux and two big oysters, covered in panko and then deep-fried. I’ll say the taste was… interesting. 

Nigiriten (にぎり天; Nigiri Fishcake)

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Bacon Cheese Nigiriten (JPY 320)
Kyūshūya
10:00-20:00
Cash only

Kamaboko or fish cake is enjoyed in Japan in all shapes and sizes. In Miyajima, its deep-fried, skewered version is called “nigiriten” and it comes in different flavors. The one I got was wrapped in bacon and flavored with cheese. 

Momiji Manjū (もみじ饅頭; Maple Leaf Sweet Bun)

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Momiji Manjū (starts at JPY 110)
Kashidokoro Kimura
10:00-17:00
Cash only

The flagship snack and Hiroshima souvenir, momiji manjū are sweet buns in the shape of maple leaves. The most common flavor is tsubu-an, or coarse sweet red bean paste, but you’ll also find others like cheese, custard, and chocolate. chocolate.

Age-momiji Manjū (揚げもみじ饅頭; Deep-fried Maple Leaf Sweet Bun)

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Cheese Age-momiji Manjū (JPY 150)
Momijidō Nibanya
09:30-17:30
Cash only

If you like sweet buns, you’ll probably enjoy its deep-fried cousin, age-mojimji manjū. These deep-fried sweet buns have a crunchy texture that just tickles your palate. Age-mojimji manjū are a Miyajima specialty and are hard to find elsewhere, so make sure you try them when you visit the island. 

Momijiten (もみじ天; Maple Leaf Fishcake)

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Momijiten (JPY 300)
Misen
08:30-17:30
Cash only

And as if we haven’t had enough of momiji or maple leaves, Hiroshima also serves kamaboko or fish cakes in their likeness. They also come in various flavors, and as always, I get the cheese one. It’s the perfect snack after walking around and exploring. 

Anago-meshi (あなご飯; Broiled Conger Eel on Rice)

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Anago-meshi (JPY 2000)
Ueno
09:00-17:00
Cash only

I’ll end this list with what to me was the biggest surprise. I’m not a big fan of eel, so I didn’t really expect to like anago-meshi, which is broiled conger eel on rice. But its smoky, meaty flavor coupled with the light, sweet sauce was a complete delight to my tastebuds. It’s one yummy dish you shouldn’t miss!

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14 thoughts on “What to Eat in Hiroshima

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  1. Your list looks delicious even though I am a vegetarian 🙂 I am very intrigued by the Maple leaf sweet bun…it looks good and I am sure it tastes great too.

    Somehow I had never seen Hiroshima beyond its tragic past, but clearly the city has lots to offer..

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  2. Oh me and my husband spent a few days in Hiroshima nad we had an opportunity to eat Okonomiyaki and it was amazing! Excellent 😉 Also, Hiroshima has so much more than just the sad past of atomic bombs. But of course visiting the remains of the church is a huge thing…

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  3. This is so bringing me back! I was there too but didn’t have a chance to eat a lot in Hiroshima. I did have a lot of what you posted in Miyajima though! The maple leaf treats were good. I didn’t have them deep fried but I’m SURE those were good! I would like to try the oyster bread if I go back!

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  4. I’m glad you found so much yummy stuff to eat! I hope to go to Japan towards the end of this year. I follow a vegan diet so it might be a bit tricky, but still hopeful that I’ll be able to find yummy food to eat!

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  5. Thank you for showing the foodie side of Hiroshima. It is high time the scars are erased. The city should be shown in its true light. Loved the pics. I am for the eel on rice.

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  6. It’s nice to know that they accept credit cards, is that like all major credit cards? I sometimes have difficulty finding a restaurant that accepts American Express, they always prefer Visa or Mastercard. Yay! Japan is awesome, the people, foods, transportation and almost everything about this country. The Momiji Manjū is so cute to eat!

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  7. Wow, such a different perspective of Hiroshima. My favorite would be ANAGO-MESHI. Maybe these are also available in other parts of Japan?

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  8. What an interesting list! I typically associate maple with Canada, but this is so unique! Those maple buns look absolutely amazing! So do the savory pancakes! These are such unique things to eat that I’ve not seen on other foods in Japan lists.

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  9. Loved these sights of Hiroshima. For a Iong time I used to think that Hiroshima is just a pile of ruins. I was still in school during Hiroshima Asiad (1994) but that is when I realized that it has managed to recover and is as good a city as any.

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  10. Wow I wish I had come across this post before I visited Hiroshima. I love Japanese food, I tried so many interesting things on my 10-day trip through Tokyo, Kyoto and Hiroshima but when I am reading your post, there are several things I can see I missed out on which is such a pity. Particularly the savoury pancakes and oyster curry bread, they look so yummy!

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