You’ve made it to the peace city in Western Japan. Chances are you came here to see the historical Atomic Bomb Dome and iconic Itsukushima Shrine. Here are Hiroshima’s best local eats to munch on as you make your way across the prefecture.
Hiroshima’s “go your own way” take on life is mirrored in its okonomiyaki. Unlike the conventional dish popularized in Osaka, Hiroshima layers this savory pancake with pork, cheese, and noodles.
A central place to dine on this regional dish is the dedicated building, Okonomi-mura which is close to the Peace Memorial Park. The building is packed with around 24 restaurants with each chef serving their variation of okonomiyaki.
Squid, octopus, anything you’ve got a taste for can be layered in the okonomiyaki batter and grilled. Inside Okonomi-mura, you’ll be greeted with excessive drinking and patrons showing enthusiastic love for the Hiroshima Carps—the local baseball team.
This maple leaf-shaped caked filled with anko (red bean paste) is the prefecture’s most popular food souvenir. Momiji means maple leaf in Japanese and these are just as cute as they are tasty.
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