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Day #18 in Japan [Hiroshima]

by - September 18, 2014

 It took less than an hour to get from Okayama Station to Hiroshima Station by JR train. We arrived in Hiroshima around lunch time, and decided to try out okonomiyaki; one of the city's specialties. 

Fri, Dec 27, 2013 (Day #18)

Fukucyann (lunch)

The okonomiyaki in Hiroshima differs from the ones made in Osaka, as the ingredients here are not mixed in with one another. Instead, the ingredients (noodles, egg, beansprouts, cabbage, etc ...) are stacked on top of one another to make the savory pancake-like dish. Located nearby the locker area of JR Hiroshima Station was Fukucyann; they serve various okonomiyaki.

Located conveniently inside of JR Hiroshima Station (upstairs).
The kitchen is opened so you can watch the okonomiyaki being made.
Niku-tama and shrimps okonomiyaki (udon) (¥930).
Oysters okonomiyaki (¥1200).
Hiroshima's Maple-Oop Bus (JR Rail Pass)

 Since we were already at JR Hiroshima Station and holders of the JR Rail Pass; we decided to go to Hiroshima Castle using the Maple-Oop bus. The Maple-Oop bus is a loop bus that runs every half an hour from Hiroshima Station to several tourist destinations in the city of Hiroshima.

The bus can take you to the following tourist spots:
Hiroshima Station (Shinkansen-guchi Entrance)
Hiroshima Prefectural Art Museum (Shukkeien Garden)
Hiroshima Museum of Art / Hiroshima Castle
Genbaku Dome(A-Bomb Dome)
Peace Memorial Park / Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Yokogawa Station
Hiroshima Prefectural Art Musuem (Shukkeien Garden)
Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art

Cost: ¥200 (adult) per ride or ¥400 for a 1-day pass (unlimited). However, it's FREE if you have a JR Rail Pass. You need to show the pass to the driver when you exit the bus; he will either document the number or take a photo of it for documentation purposes.

Hiroshima Castle

It was raining extremely hard when we left Hiroshima Castle. It pretty much rained into the night, so once again we had to cut our plans short.

Matsuya (dinner)

Due to the heavy rain, it kind of ruined our plans. Additionally, we had a limited amount of data that we can use for the rest of the trip. So we didn't spend our time wandering cluelessly around the city looking for a restaurant. The good thing was that I didn't plan for us to go to any particular restaurant in Hiroshima so no reservation needed to be cancelled. However, one block away from our hotel was Parco Mall which was located in the city center of downtown Hiroshima. We ended up at Maysuya; a set-meal establishment where you order from a machine.

I got myself the pork cutlet meal set (¥580). This was probably the cheapest meal that I ate so far in Japan, but it was pretty filling. I love how affordable some of the hot meals can be compared to Toronto. After dinner, we went back to the hotel and just relaxed after walking a lot in the rain.

Address: 2-3-23, Higashisendamachi, Naka-ku, Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima, 730-0053

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