Mention Hiroshima and most people would immediately think of its depressing history as the first city in the world to be hit by an atomic bomb during World War II. But do you know that this modern city in Japan’s Honshu Island has rich heritage and natural landscape offering a myriad of cuisines? Not only will the historical sights, natural beauty and delectable culinary pleasures blow your mind away, the unique souvenirs that you will be able to purchase in the cosmopolitan city are irresistible as well! Here are 12 of the best souvenirs you should get for your loved ones when in Hiroshima!
1. Hand-picked muscat coated with sweet Japanese rice-cake
Hitotsubu no Muscat is a type of seasonal Japanese sweets produced by the Kyorakudo Company in Hiroshima since 1933. Using fresh Muscat of Alexandria, a type of white wine grapes that are harvested during summer, the fruit is coated with a thin mochi-like Gyūhi that is made from glutinous rice. Enjoy the delightful burst of flavour as you bite into the juicy grape. Don’t forget to buy some of this Kyorakudo limited edition souvenir only available in summer the next time you visit!
Hitotsubu no Muscat by Kyorakudo (旬果瞬菓 共楽堂)
Address: 1-22-10 Minami, Mihara-city, Hiroshima Prefecture
Price: from 10.60 USD for 4 pieces in a box
Opening Hours: 10am - 6pm
Contact: +81 120-624-097
2. Momoji manju
Momoji manju is one of the most popular souvenirs in Hiroshima because of its unique maple leaf design. The original version of this small maple-leaf shaped cake is filled with mashed sweet bean paste, created by the Yamadaya Company in Miyajima town in 1932. While the traditional flavour remains a top favourite, many new filling flavours like cheese cream, custard cream and powdered tea-flavoured cream are now introduced to inject some novelty into this delicacy that is over a century old. Besides buying this lovely souvenir home, you can also have fun making one yourself at Yamadaya headquarters!
Momoji manju by Yamadaya (やまだ屋)
Address: 835-1 Miyajima-cho, Hatukaichi-city,Hiroshima Prefecture
Price: from 4.50 USD for 5 pieces in a box
Opening Hours: 8am - 10pm
Contact: +81 829-440-511
3. Hiroshima oyster soy-sauce flavoured seaweed
Hiroshima is the top oyster-producing city in Japan, so while you stuff yourself with lots of the delish seafood when in the city, don’t forget to pack the Hiroshima Nori Company’s famous oyster soy-sauce flavoured seaweed into your luggage. Enjoy the crispy texture of seaweed seasoned with oyster soy-sauce produced from fresh oysters. Whether you eat it on its own or with rice, this natural nutritious food is definitely an addictive snack you don’t want to miss!
Oyster soy-sauce flavoured seaweed by Hiroshima Nori Co,Ltd. (広島海苔)
Address: 1-3-54 Kuninobu, Kaita-cho, Aki-gun, Hiroshima Prefecture
Price: from 4.80 USD for 60 pieces in a bottle
Opening Hours: 8am - 10pm
Contact: +81 829-440-511
4. Oyster crackers
The people of Hiroshima love their oysters regardless of whether it is served fresh or processed. This Akitsu speciality uses whole oysters and potatoes as the main ingredients of this delicious snack. The flavourful cracker goes well with beer and sake. Once you try one, it will be hard to stop! You can find them at Hiroshima airport, train station, department stores and through the online shop.
Oyster crackers by Maruichi Shoten Ltd.
Address: 5682 Kidani, Akitsu-cho, Higashihiroshima city, Hiroshima prefecture
Price: from 7.90 USD
5. Okonomiyaki pre-mix set
If the Hiroshima-style okonomiyaki is your favourite local dish, you have to get one of these yummy Otafuku okonomiyaki pre-mix sets before you leave! Follow the simple instructions on the pre-mix pack, and you can tuck into the delicious okonomiyaki even in the comfort of your home! It is sold in many places in Hiroshima, including the Hiroshima airport store as well as supermarkets around the city.
Okonomiyaki pre-mix set by Otafuku
Price: from 3.10 USD
Contact: +81 822-785-430
6. Okonomiyaki crackers
The Ganso okonomiyaki crackers pack is a great snack to munch on the go, especially if you can’t get enough of the Hiroshima specialty. This crunchy snack is a wonderful and convenient souvenir, particularly when you need to satisfy those cravings for the okonomiyaki!
Ganso okonomiyaki crackers (タニモト食品工業 - 元祖お好み焼きせんべい)
Price: from 3.70 USD
Contact: +81 822-320-366
7. Hiroshima pickled vegetables by Nekoshima
Pickled vegetables are produced everywhere in Japan, but Hiroshima’s pickled vegetables, known as Hiroshima-na, is one of the three most popular pickled vegetables in Japan. The leafy vegetable turns amber in colour when fully pickled, with a unique spicy flavour and crispy texture. Hiroshima-na tastes the best when wrapped with warm cooked rice. Try it with your family when you bring it home!
Hiroshima pickled vegetables (広島菜漬) by Nekoshima
Address: 6-27 Motomachi, Naka-ku, Hiroshima-city, Hiroshima Prefecture
Price: from 2.40 USD
Opening Hours: 10am - 10pm
Contact: +81 825-127-950
8. Seaweed salt
On the south coastal region of Hiroshima is the Seto Inland Sea, known for its abundance of marine life. This area is reputed for the production of the Moshio of Kaito, which means salt made from seaweed in Japanese. It is a premium salt in Japan, highly acclaimed for its pleasant savoury taste. Buy some home to use it in your cooking and enhance the flavour of your dishes!
Moshio of Kaito (海人の藻塩)
Address: 2-9-18 Boo head office building 1st floor, Yokogawa-cho, Hiroshima Prefecture
Opening Hours: 10am - 5pm
Contact: +81 822-080-323
9. Onomichi instant ramen
One of the must-try food in Hiroshima is the flavourful and nutritious Onomichi ramen served with small fish and pork loin fat in local restaurants in Onomichi-city. Thanks to the innovative minds of the Japanese, you can now bring home convenient packets of the Onomichi instant ramen. Savour the goodness of this famous dish even when you are miles away from Hiroshima! You will find this package in supermarkets and souvenir shops in JR Hiroshima station.
Amochin's Onomichi Ramen
Contact: +81 848-688-888
10. Chikuhodo makeup brush
We all know Japan is a beauty junkie’s heaven with its multifarious skincare and makeup brands. But do you know that the renowned makeup brush Chikuhodo is based in Hiroshima? These Tesshyu makeup brushes are handmade individually by the company’s dedicated artists using a selection of the best furs. The texture of the brush is incredibly soft and highly acclaimed amongst professional makeup artists too. Grab one for yourself and you will know what I mean!
Address: 488 Miyajima-cho, Hatsukaichi-city, Hiroshima Prefecture
Price: from 33.30 USD
Contact: +81 828-540-324
11. Hiroshima lemon fruit water facial mask
As the top producer of lemons in Japan, lemons are used in a variety of ways besides just eating it as a fruit. In a country where the beauty industry is a big thing, lemon fruit extract is also being used as an essence in beauty face masks. This special beauty product cannot be found anywhere else in Japan except Hiroshima. Perfect for treating dull-looking complexion, the face mask provides moisture to your skin while giving a refreshing lemon aroma. Get a pack of 3 masks from any pharmacy store in Hiroshima now for 12.70 USD!
12. Rice scoop paddle
Feel like buying a non-food souvenir back for your family and friends to bless them with good luck? Check out this famous rice scoop paddle, a speciality of Miyajima in Hiroshima Prefecture! Not only can these rice scoop paddles be used to scoop rice, they can also be used as a decorative item or as a good-luck charm. You can also engrave the name of the person you are giving this to, making it a meaningful gift for your loved ones.
House of Rice Scoop Paddle (杓子の家)
Address: 488 Miyajima-cho, Hatsukaichi, Hiroshima Prefecture
Price: from 4.90 USD
Opening Hours: 9am - 5.30pm. Closed on Wednesday.
Contact: +81 829-440-084
Unique souvenirs for unique Hiroshima memories
With so many interesting sights and delicacies to look out for when travelling in Hiroshima, surely you would like to share the joy with your family and friends back home? Don’t forget to pack the above-mentioned exquisite souvenirs home so that you can share your lovely travel memories. Bring a smile to your loved ones with these gifts when you return home!