Mouthwatering Local Eats to Try on a Trip to Hiroshima!

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Hiroshima is a beloved tourist destination, famous for the Atomic Bomb Dome, Itsukushima Shrine and more. Not to mention, there are plenty of foodie-favorites to check out along the way. In Hiroshima you’ll find a full range of tasty eats, with anything from iconic, regional specialties to local fare to try. The Seto Inland Sea is also nearby, lending a plentiful helping of delicious seafood you simply cannot miss. Here are a few tasty treats to satisfy your tastebuds and soul.

Hiroshima-style Okonomiyaki

Okonomiyaki is a famous dish from both Osaka and Hiroshima, but both varieties are made slightly differently. In Osaka, all of the ingredients are mixed before hitting the griddle, but in Hiroshima you’ll find a layered variety with a thin layer of batter pancaked on top of heaps of cabbage, pork, and ramen noodles. There are many eateries that specialize in Okonomiyaki where you can taste the real deal.

Hiroshima-style Okonomiyaki
Hiroshima-style Okonomiyaki

Oyster Dishes

The waters around Hiroshima are the perfect condition for raising oysters, which is why this area is Japan’s top producer. Their large, meaty bites are out of this world. There are oyster specialty shops where you can visit for some of the freshest around. For souvenirs there are even oyster-based nori snacks and senbei crackers to take home with you.

Fresh oysters
Fresh oysters

Anago Meshi

Miyajima in Hiroshima is famous for its “Anago Meshi” conger eel rice balls. The rice is steamed with a special anago-derived bone broth and topped with thick, fluffy bites of eel. While seemingly simple, the pure, flavor of the ingredients will blow you away. In addition to Miyajima, you can find plenty of Anago Meshi spots across the Hiroshima city area.

Anago Meshi
Anago Meshi

Onomichi Ramen

A local ramen that hails from Onomichi City in Hiroshima. It features a shoyu base and rich pork slices floating on top, packed with a hefty enough helping to keep your chopsticks going to the very end. There are many popular spots serving Onomichi Ramen for you to try and compare.

Onomichi Ramen
Onomichi Ramen