Try Hiroshima soul food "Okonomiyaki"!

Try Hiroshima soul food

Hiroshima Okonomiyaki is a kind of healthy crepe loved by local people which contains plenty of vegetables. Go and get in touch with the food culture of Hiroshima ordinary people at "Okonomimura".

Hiroshima Station

10 minutes' ride on Hiroshima Streetcar No.1, No.2, or No.6 (150 yen)

Hatchobori Stop

3 minutes' walk


Hiroshima Okonomiyaki is a crepe-like dish containing meat, seafood, cabbage, and so on. It's so loved by Hiroshima people that there are more than 2000 Okonomiyaki restaurants in the prefecture.

If you would like to try the Okonomiyaki, we recommend "Okonomimura" food theme park where a lot of Okonomiyaki restaurants are gathered. The origin of this theme park was a group of street stands which used to open at the central square of the city around 1950, soon after World War 2. Now it has become a sightseeing spot of Hiroshima where local people and even foreign tourists flock together.
Please savor the tasty Okonomiyaki surrounding teppan (big iron griddles) with local people together.

  • Okonomimura

Address: 5-13 Shintenchi, Naka-ku, Hiroshima

Pick the restaurant

Within the building of Okonomimura are total 25 Okonomiyaki restaurants from 2nd floor to 4th floor. It has a very lively atmosphere. Since each restaurant has distinctive seasonings, some local people visit their favorite frequently, and some enjoy comparing the taste of each Okonomiyaki of several restaurants. The restaurants stand on both sides of isles so that you can take a glance over each restaurant. When you find your favorite one, give it a try! Every restaurant accommodates 10 to 20 customers surrounding a counter. Some restaurants have a menu with photos or English menu so you can order without knowing Japanese.

<Restaurants with an English menu>

  • Shin chan

Founded 48 years ago, Shin chan is a long-established Okonomiyaki restaurant which started as a street stand. The characteristics include a large portion which has not changed since old days, tangle shavings, and a plenty of steamed cabbage and bean sprouts.

Location: 2nd floor of Okonomimura
Open: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Closed: Mondays
Number of Seats: 25
Price: From 630 yen

Pick your menu

When you decide on a restaurant, sit at the counter with an iron griddle and make an order. Basic Okonomiyaki contains a heap of cabbage, noodles, thin-sliced pork, and eggs. You can add optional ingredients such as seasonal seafood or other toppings to make your original menu. Optional ingredients include seafood such as Hiroshima oysters (seasonal), scallops, squid, shrimps, or cheese which adds a thick flavor. It's also tempting to add mochi (rice cakes) to give a different mouth-feel, or mix variety of ingredients.

Wait for Okonomiyaki to be cooked

After you make an order, wait as you watch the chef make the Okonomiyaki on the big iron griddles in front of you.

<How to make Okonomiyaki>

1.First pour the batter made of flour on iron griddles, and then make a thin circle..

2.Put a heap of sliced cabbage on the batter, and then place fried batter, thin-sliced pork, and other toppings. At first you might be surprised to see how high they are!.

3.Cook it thoroughly over time, then turn it over with a big spatula and cook for a little more..

4.Meanwhile, fry noodles on its side then put them on the Okonomiyaki..

5.Crack an egg onto the griddles and make it in the same circular size of Okonomiyaki. Put the Okonomiyaki on the egg. Apply special sauce on the Okonomiyaki, and squeeze mayonnaise, add seasonings, aonori (dried seaweed) as toppings.

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Let's eat!

Finally try the Okonomiyaki! Hiroshima people use spatulas to cut and eat Okonomiyaki using them like a spoon. It has a good volume because it contains various ingredients. Besides, it is very healthy. Once you have a bite, you would be addicted to its savor. The special sauce is the key. It has a sweet and sour, thick characteristic flavor and is made of concentrated vegetables and fruits. If you become captivated by Okonomiyaki, how about buying this special sauce home as your souvenir?


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