10 Things to Do in Higashihiroshima That You Shouldn't Miss

August 30, 2017 Frederic Celentano

Higashihiroshima is a city located in Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan. As of July 31. 2016 the city has an estimated population of 185,418 and a population density of 291.85 persons per km². The total area is 635.32 km².
Restaurants in Higashihiroshima

1. Saijo

Higashihiroshima, Hiroshima Prefecture
Excellent
29%
Good
53%
Satisfactory
17%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 88 reviews

Saijo

Reviewed By Andrew1234 - Aomori, Japan

Overall: 3.75 stars
For anyone interested in or curious about sake, Saijo is worth visiting for a few hours. The town is famous in Japan for a full-bodied "feminine" style of wine. Located due east of Hiroshima, it is an easy, 30-minute ride on JR Rail. The town is scenic and contains eight different brewers all within a short walk of the station. Be sure to pick up a well-produced English brochure at one of the TICs located at the station and in town.
The handsome factories offered plenty of samples. One brewer (Kamotsuru) was particularly generous in this regard. In addition, cool well water was available at several locations. The town also hosts an adequate selection of restaurants for lunch and dinner.

2. Kamotsuru Sake Brewery

4-31 Saijohonmachi, Higashihiroshima 739-0011, Hiroshima Prefecture +81 120-422-212
Excellent
35%
Good
53%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 37 reviews

Kamotsuru Sake Brewery

Reviewed By brendanb76 - Melbourne

Having quickly developed a taste for sake, we ventured to Saijo whilst staying in Hiroshima. Kamotsuru was the first brewery we visited, which was a short distance from the train station. Inside, a video on loop (in Japanese with English subtitles) showed the process for creating sake, which was informative and interesting.
Of course, the highlight was tasting the sake. Unlike many establishments around the world, visitors are free to pour as little or as much sake as they want, which was helpful when trying to narrow down our preferred bottles with repeated tastes. I won't bother writing what our favourite was, but there is a large range available, sweet to dry, which would suit many palates. Our children were a little bored, but that's to be expected in such a place. The staff there were very pleasant and helpful, ensuring the brewery visit was a good experience all round.

3. Kamoizumi Sake Brewery

2-4, Saijo Kamiichicho, Higashihiroshima 739-0006, Hiroshima Prefecture +81 82-423-2118
Excellent
51%
Good
42%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 14 reviews

Kamoizumi Sake Brewery

Reviewed By brendanb76 - Melbourne

Not satisfied with having visited "only" two sake Breweries, we headed to Kamoizumi. The road on which it's situated is very narrow, so walking along it with children, in the rain, was a bit precarious. The map we had wasn't very helpful, as the cellar door was located in a different place and was not sign-posted well for non-Japanese speakers.
Inside, there was a diverse array of goods on sale, and a handful of sakes on tasting, several of which are unpasteurised and need to be kept in the fridge. The sakes were nice but not extraordinary, though the tasting was improved when an employee with a great command of English gave us some extra information on the range. It's certainly worth a trip.

4. Higashi-Hiroshima City Tourist Information

12-3 Saijohonmachi | JR Saijo Station 2F, Higashihiroshima 739-0011, Hiroshima Prefecture +81 82-430-7701
Excellent
15%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
49%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 19 reviews

Higashi-Hiroshima City Tourist Information

Reviewed By must_need_H2O - Draper, Utah

This information booth, has some ladies that are very informative and can communicate much better than I can. They were able to tell me some great places to go and see, and some of their favorite restaurants to eat at. We at a couple of them and were glad we did. When you exit the train station this place is off to the right of the entrance. Be polite and you will get enough tips and information to make your stay in Saijo memorable.
The Good: The language skills and knowledge of the city
The Bad: My language skills
The Ugly: how I mangle Japanese
On the scuba bubble scale of 1 to 10, I give this place 9 bubbles (for knowing my language and sharing their favorite restaurants)

5. Fukubijin Sake Breweries

6-21 Saijohommachi, Higashihiroshima 739-0011, Hiroshima Prefecture +81 82-423-3148
Excellent
18%
Good
64%
Satisfactory
18%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 11 reviews

Fukubijin Sake Breweries

Reviewed By brendanb76 - Melbourne

After visiting the wonderful Kamotsuru sake brewery, it was a bit of a letdown coming here. The place was cold and uninspiring, and only two varieties were available for tasting.

6. Kyozenji Temple

328-1 Saijo, Higashihiroshima 739-0001, Hiroshima Prefecture +81 82-422-2931
Excellent
7%
Good
55%
Satisfactory
38%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 13 reviews

Kyozenji Temple

Reviewed By pristine2014 - Seoul, South Korea

Hiroshima has many beautiful temples and shrines and this isn't exactly the best but its beautiful nonetheless. Tourists should move along but if you a international resident or someone who has more tie on their hands to kill than I suggest you visit this place. Its great afternoons, mornings. It will be very packed on New Years eve which is today. Just opposite JR Saijo station on the other side of the rail track. Take the overhead passage/stairs to get there and do stock up on amulets. Its a small community run temple but its very well taken care off. And thank you considering Saijo, Hiroshima.

7. Okuya Parking Area Downline

368-1 Shiwacho Okuya, Higashihiroshima 739-0266, Hiroshima Prefecture
Excellent
12%
Good
51%
Satisfactory
37%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 8 reviews

Okuya Parking Area Downline

Reviewed By mami249 - Hiroshima, Japan

山陽自動車道の下り線、東広島市の志和インターの少し先にあるパーキングエリアです。ここには志和の水という名水が汲める蛇口があり、結構汲んでいる人を見かけます。エリアのレストランメニューは、野菜炒め定食がオススメですよ。

8. The Historical Remains of Ochaya - Honzin

4-31, SaIjo HonmachI, Higashihiroshima, Hiroshima Prefecture
Excellent
11%
Good
45%
Satisfactory
44%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 9 reviews

The Historical Remains of Ochaya - Honzin

Reviewed By たぬきおやじ - Tokyo, Japan

広島藩は藩内に本陣として 9ケ所を持っており、その内の一つです。本陣跡前にある案内板の説明によれば 1.敷地;1,488坪(4,910m2)、2.部屋数;29、3;畳数;214畳半と大規模な施設だったようで、一般的には本陣がその土地の名家で運営されていますが 西条は重要な宿所として藩直営とし これを《お茶屋》と称していたようです。現在の御門(正門)は昭和61年(1986)に賀茂鶴により復元されたものなので 間近で鑑賞するより 賀茂鶴の直営食事処である《仏蘭西屋》の前当たりから 御茶屋(本陣)跡の御門(正門)、賀茂鶴事務所[洋風建築で昭和2年(1927)築]と賀茂鶴の煉瓦煙突を組み合わせた景観を楽しんだ方が良いかも知れません。

9. Hakubotan Brewery

15-5 Saijohommachi, Higashihiroshima 739-0011, Hiroshima Prefecture +81 82-422-2142
Excellent
12%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
51%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 8 reviews

Hakubotan Brewery

Reviewed By たぬきおやじ - Tokyo, Japan

創業;延宝3年(1675)と西条で最古の酒造所で、酒銘:白牡丹も京都・五摂家の一つ鷹司政通公 御家紋に因んで頂いたそうです。こちらの景観の美しさは昭和・江戸・明治時代の蔵が夫々の美しさを持ちながら 3つが調和しており 建築物鑑賞ファンの方にお薦めします。こちらの店舗の中に足を踏み入れると 太い梁があり、その梁に暖簾が架かっており 暖簾に 創業時の名前;嘉登屋とあるのを見ると歴史を感じさせます。又 仕込み水;【冥加の水】は店舗入口前にあります。

10. Saijotsuru Brewery

9-17 Saijohommachi, Higashihiroshima 739-0011, Hiroshima Prefecture +81 82-423-2345
Excellent
40%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
40%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 5 reviews

Saijotsuru Brewery

Reviewed By たぬきおやじ - Tokyo, Japan

こちらは 創業明治37年(1904)の酒造メーカーで 西条にある7ケ所の酒造メーカーは全て 煉瓦煙突を持っていますが 現役で活躍しているのはここだけです。こちらの煉瓦煙突は高さ:19m 大正期(1912~1926)築 国・登録有形文化財に指定されています。又 酒蔵通り面している店舗兼主屋も国・登録有形文化財に指定されており 建築物鑑賞ファンにお薦めします。更に こちらの屋根は赤瓦になっていますので 視線を上に向けて下さい。 仕込み水;江戸[天保井水]は店舗前にあり、直売所;西條鶴販売コーナーもあります(営業時間;10:30~17:00)。

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