Monday, October 10, 2016

Japan September 2016 - Part 10 Hiroshima Okonomimura

 From Takayama to Hiroshima, we took a combination of Hida Wide View train and Shinkansen. All of which were covered by our JR Passes.

Perks of travelling with a geek.

We arrived at JR Hiroshima Station in the afternoon, and that day was the beginning of our bad weather streak. I had booked Hiroshima Tokyu REI hotel for our stay. It was located about 2 blocks from Okonomimura, where a stop for the Hiroshima hop-on-and-off tourist bus was located. The bus was called Meipuru~pu (Maple Loop) and it was free for JR Pass holders. How convenient! For non JR Pass holders, I think it was 200 yen per ride or 400 yen per day.

From Hiroshima Station we hopped on the Meipuru~pu bus and got off at the Okonomimura stop. The hotel was nice and inexpensive, I would definitely recommend it.

After we checked in, we were feeling peckish. Thus, we decided to head to Okonomimura to try the Hiroshima style Okonomiyaki. They were supposedly different from Osaka style Okonomiyaki. Okonomimura itself spans several floors in a building, with small Okonomiyaki shops inside. On the ground floor you can read about each stall and decide which one you wanted before going up. Expect a lineup.

I held our spot in line for the elevator and sent DH to choose a shop. By the time we got upstairs, he already forgot the name of the shop he had chosen. Lol.... Oh well... We walked around that floor and chose one that had an open seat and ordered.

First, she started with crepes.

Then, she added cabbage and beansprouts on top.

Following the vegetables, she added a mystery ingredient... I am not sure what they were...

Then..... sliced pork belly!



Noodles (optional) 

Sauce and nori flakes on top, cut, and serve!

We each ordered one okonomiyaki, so what was supposed to be snack became a big dinner. Haha.. We walked around the area, and then towards the river, but then it started drizzling so we went back to the hotel and rested for the evening, with a stop at a Don Quijote nearby. It was pretty late anyway...

Look what we saw on TV back in the hotel! Do you recognize it? Hint: visit this post.

Thanks for reading and please wait for the next post!