Hondori (本通) is one of the main shopping districts in Hiroshima's bustling downtown area. This pedestrian arcade street (shotengai) is a shopper's paradise, lined with everything from clothing stores, trendy boutiques, cafes and restaurants, through to karaoke bars, gaming arcades, purikura parlours and anime shops. When it comes to shopping in Hiroshima, Hondori is a popular choice. As a covered walkway, shoppers can also feel protected from the elements allowing plenty of time to find the perfect souvenir come rain or shine.
Hondori is perfectly placed in the heart of Hiroshima's downtown and an easy, worthwhile stop on any Hiroshima itinerary. The street stretches for over half a kilometer from Peace Park in the west (near Sunmall), to the PARCO department store to the east (in the direction of Nagarekawa). It's easy to explore Hondori in combination with other sightseeing spots.
For food, try local brands like Andersen's Bakery, the famous Okonomimura just off the eastern side, the well-known The Shack Bar and Grill, (moved from its original Chuodori location) or just keep things simple at the Starbucks on the eastern side — a popular meeting spot for locals, alongside the nearby Alice Garden.
When shopping in Hiroshima, you can come across some interesting local chains, like Fresta, Wants and Edion (formerly DeoDeo)—not to mention some interesting heritage. Hiroshima is not just the home for Mazda, but also where it began for another global brand: Uniqlo. Just a few blocks away from Hondori towards Fukuromachi you can stumble across the building where the original branch for 'Unique Clothing Warehouse' (as it was originally known) started back in 1984. It's now occupied by a different business (Chacott), but easy to find being right next door to Hiroshima's branch of Paul Smith.
Hondori is reliably busy at all times of the day, with many shops and cafes open until late. For a rainy day excursion, you can continue your shopping journey underground too — the entrance to the Kamiyacho Shareo underground mall can be located at the Hondori Streetcar stop.
Hiroden Streetcar: Hondori can be accessed via the Hiroden tram network via its own streetcar stop. Routes 1, 3 and 7 all pass through Hondori station, though a number of other stops all provide good access to Hondori too: Kamiyacho-nishi, Kamiyacho-higashi, Tatemachi and Hatchobori.
Astram Line: Hondori Station is the terminus for the Astram Line rapid transit system, which connects the city centre to the north-west suburbs. The line reaches all the way to Asaminami ward — a full journey takes about 40 minutes and the last stop, Kōiki-kōen-mae, is home to Sanfrecce Hiroshima, at their Big Arch / Edion Stadium.
City Buses: It's about a 10 min bus ride via Hiroshima Station — alight anywhere along Aioi-dori Avenue that runs parallel to Hondori which is just a few minutes walk away.
Limousine bus: it's about a 5 minute walk from Hiroshima Bus Centre, up on the third floor of Sogo department store, which connects to Hiroshima Airport.
By foot: A few minutes east from Peace Park.
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