Photo By: Annelise Giseburt
Region
Chugoku
Island
Honshu
Largest City
Hiroshima
Population
2,878,949

Osuga Cho

A hidden gem of Hiroshima City’s nightlife and a perfect place to sink your teeth into some okonomiyaki.

Osuga Cho, a hidden gem of Hiroshima City’s nightlife, is jam-packed with tiny restaurants and bars. The neighborhood’s nickname, Eki-nishi, gives a clue as to its convenient location: immediately west (nishi) of Hiroshima station (eki).

Osugacho

Photo by: Annelise Giseburt Chat with the locals.

Osuga Cho’s restaurants are neither pretentious nor expensive. The collection of shops, compressed into just five narrow alleys, offer a range of fare. You can find classics like Hiroshima-style okonomiyaki (layered savory pancake), teppanyaki (food cooked on an iron griddle), and Hiroshima-style tonkotsu (pork broth) ramen alongside Okinawan cuisine, high-quality Japanese food, and Western food. There’s even a little place offering after-dinner drip coffee and a standing bar (search 盤処呑処FRESH) doubling as a record shop tucked into Osuga Cho’s deepest corner.

Osugacho

Photo by: Annelise Giseburt Tiny ramen shops are just the beginning.

The neighborhood’s streets light up at night with laughter from the restaurants spilling out into the dark. Narrow steep stairs and positively minuscule bathrooms are an Osuga Cho trademark; the restaurant interiors, narrow themselves, are warm and elegant.

Hiroshima-style okonomiyaki

Photo by: lemon3666 Hiroshima-style okonomiyaki. Look for the signs that say “お好み焼き.”

Osuga Cho’s cramped layout is a stark contrast to the wide boulevards so common in Hiroshima as if the neighborhood escaped the post-war city planning measures. Although Osuga Cho’s trendy transformation is apparently a semi-recent development, it’s still possible to catch a glimpse of the past. Older shops, including “snacks” (hostess bar lite), karaoke bars, and truly grungy okonomiyaki shops, stubbornly hang on to their territory.

Although it may be difficult for Osuga Cho’s restaurants to seat a great number of walk-ins all at once, the neighborhood is ideal for small groups or lone extroverts. Because space is so limited in most of the restaurants, with the first floor often containing only a kitchen and counter seating, it’s relatively easy to chat with the owner or other customers. Luckily for introverts, people generally keep to themselves on the slightly more spacious second floor.

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Things To Know

Tips for travelers

Despite its proximity to the tourist hub that is Hiroshima station, it’s not a given that Osugacho establishments have English menus. However, the atmosphere and food make a visit well worth any language challenges. Most shops close around midnight. The Nagarekawa area is better for people who want to stay out late.

How To Get There

Address

12-13 Ōsugachō, Minami-ku, Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken 732-0821, Japan

By train

Many JR and streetcar lines stop at Hiroshima station, so take whichever is convenient. After exiting from the south side of Hiroshima station, it’s a five-minute walk west to Osugacho.

By bus

Many buses also stop at Hiroshima station. Walk the five minutes west to Osugacho after alighting.

By car

Find parking near Hiroshima station.

Where To Stay

Hotel New Hiroden
  • Minami-ku Osuga-cho 14-9 Hiroshima-Shi, Hiroshima 732-0821
  • 8/10
  • 0.1 km
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Via Inn Hiroshima
  • Minami-ku Matsubara-cho 2-50 Hiroshima-Shi, Hiroshima 732-0822
  • 7.8/10
  • 0.1 km
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APA Hotel Hiroshima Ekimae
  • Minami-ku Matsubaracho 10-11 Hiroshima-Shi, Hiroshima 732-0822
  • 7.2/10
  • 0.2 km
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The Royal Park Hotel Hiroshima Riverside
  • Naka-ku Kaminobori-cho 7-14 Hiroshima-Shi, Hiroshima 730-0014
  • 8.6/10
  • 0.3 km
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