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10 Fun Things to do During Island Hopping from Hiroshima to Shikoku (Halal Navi, 2017) [ENG]

It seems like the charm of Tokyo-Osaka-Kyoto as three of the most famous tourist destinations in Japan is difficult to surpass. But why not try something different? Let’s venture a little farther to Hiroshima prefecture (yes, wherein lies the city of Hiroshima that was bombed during the Second World War!) and from there, to the island of Shikoku!

The Nishiseto Expressway that connects Hiroshima and Shikoku has several world record breaking suspension bridges Via JNTO

What’s special about crossing to Shikoku from Hiroshima is the island hopping through Shimanami Kaido (or also known as Nishiseto Expressway). It is a 60 km toll road that connects the main island of Honshu to Ehime prefecture on Shikoku. The route begins from Onomichi (Hiroshima) and bypassing six out of nine islands of Geiyou before reaching Imabari (Ehime). For now, we will only stop by and venture around Ikujichima and Oshima island for this island hopping trip!

Start: Onomichi, Hiroshima

Onomichi is a historical city which did not experience any bombardments during World War II and that makes it a home to many classic heritages that are still intact until this day. So let’s begin the Island hopping from Onomichi city!

Tips: Cycling is a popular way of doing this island hopping and you can return the bike at any point along the Shimanami Kaido route. To start, a bicycle rental terminal can be found near Onomichi Station with rental fee ¥1,000/day. The other alternative is by riding a bus from Onomichi to Imabari and you can cycle later on from Imabari to Oushima. I personally tried the second way.

Pro tips: if you are a professional cyclist, enjoying the route of Shimanami Kaido by cycling from Onomichi to Imabari is definitely worth a try!

1. Viewing Onomichi from the heights of Senkou-ji Temple

When you’re in Onomichi, you can pay a visit to Senkou-ji Park. It is located on the hills of Daebo 140 meters above the sea level. Other than being a park full with cultural heritage, you can visit Senkou-ji Temple and Onomichi City Art Museum that are located within the park.

To get here, you can either walk or ride a cable car (Senkoji-yama Ropeway). While you’re up there, why not enjoy the city view by visiting Senkou-ji Observation Platform. It’s free and still in the Senkou-ji park area! Make sure to visit during Sakura season, we guarantee you won’t regret coming all the way to Onomichi.

Riding cable car to the Senkou-ji park via Wikimedia

Information about Senkou-ji Park
Address: 19-1 Higashitsuchidocho, Onomichi, Hiroshima (map)
Telephone: 0848-23-2310
Opening hours: 9am – 5pm (Closed on Monday unless it’s a public holiday)
Entrance fee: ¥300 for temple
Website: Senkou-ji Temple 

2. Hanging out at the hipster Hotel Cycle at Onomichi U2

Be sure to spend some time visiting Hotel Cycle, a modern hotel designed for cyclists. The hotel occupies one part of a giant warehouse from the World War era that has been renovated. It shares space with a bookstore, restaurant, coffee shop, bakery, and of course – a bike shop. The whole establishment is called Onomichi U2 and it’s a must place to hang out for the hipsters and take those Instagram-worthy pictures!

Onomichi U2 interior via Archdaily

Information about Onomichi U2 & Hotel Cycle
Address: 5-11, Nishi-Gosho-cho, Onomichi, Hiroshima (map)
Telephone: 0848-21-0550
Room rate: ¥18,200 for standard twin dan ¥22,200 for deluxe twin
Muslim friendly restaurantSetouchi Seafood Dinner
Website: Onomichi U2

Next: Ikuchijima Island

The first island we will visit is Ikuchijima. Here, we can visit the pristine small town called Setoda.

3. View famous Japanese paintings at Hirayama Ikuo Museum of Art, Setoda

As the name indicates, the museum belongs to Ikuo Hirayama – one of Japanese legendary artists known for his Japanese-style painting (painting technique which uses mineral pigments dissolved in Nikawa, some kind of liquid glue).

 

Hirayama Ikuo Museum via JPVisitor

The themes of his paintings evolved around the scenery of his hometown (Setoda), what he seen around the world, Buddhism, and shitazu (rough sketches). Ikuo Hirayama himself was once named as a UNESCO ambassador and advisor for the world heritage project. Better not to miss the chance to visit his museum while here!

Information of Hirayama Ikuo Museum of Art
Address: 200-2, Setodacho Sawa, Onomichi-shi, Hiroshima (map)
Telephone: 0845-27-3800
Opening hours: 9am – 5pm
Entrance fee: ¥200
Website: Hirayama Ikuo Museum of Art

4. Taste the seafood delicacy at Mansaku

Setoda is an ideal place to enjoy seafood and the town’s best Mansaku provides a unique, all about octopus menu. It’s only a walking distance away from the museum and best to stop by for lunch here!

All about tako at Mansaku

The rice meal set is usually consist of rice, warm soba noodles, sashimi, salad, oranges, and pickles. When ordering food, do not forget to show the Muslim dietary card to avoid them adding mirin (alcohol) into the dish.

Information about Mansaku
Address: 530-1 Setodachō Setoda, Onomichi-shi, Hiroshima (map)
Rice meal set price: ¥1380
More info: Mansaku

5. Strolling around Kosanji Temple

After Mansaku, the next destination is this magnificent temple of Kosanji. It was build in for more than 30 years by a Japanese businessman and many buildings here are made to resemble famous temples in Japan. Among them are a replica of Nikko gate and also Byodoin Phoenix Hall.

Kosanji The beautiful Kosanji Temple

Information about Kosanji Temple
Adsress: 553-2, Setoda, Onomichi-shi, Hiroshima (map)
Telephone: 0845-27-0800
Opening hours: 9am – 5pm
Entrance fee: ¥1400 (Include Miraisin No Oka)
Website: Kosanji

6. Viewing marble abstract sculptures at Miraishin no Oka

Still inside the vicinity of Kosanji, climb the hills behind the temple and you will find Miraishin no Oka – all made from Italian marble. Miraishin no Oka itself literally means “Height of eternal hope for the future”. Aside from many abstract sculptures, don’t miss its the famous statue “Tower of Light” located on the hilltop.

Miraishin no Oka that is made from marble via trip101

Information about Miraishin no Oka
Address: 553-2, Setoda, Onomichi-shi, Hiroshima (map)
Telephone: 0845-27-0800
Opening hours: 9am – 5pm
Entrance fee: ¥1400 (Include Kosanji temple)
Website: Kosanji

Finale: Oushima Island

7. Sunset view from Kirosan Panorama Park

By now we have been passing through five islands and Oushima will be the last island before we actually reach Shikoku. Before crossing the mighty suspension bridge, take a moment to visit Kirosan Panorama Park. From the height of 300 meters above sea level, prepare to witness the grand view!

 

Sunset view from Kirosan Panorama Park

Imagine an uninterrupted panoramic view of the green hills surrounding Oushima, the majestic Kurushima-Kaikyo bridge, and the city of Imabari – our gateway to Shikoku. If you happen to reach Kirosan during dusk, witness in awe the golden sunset shining amid the waters of Setouchi and the sight of ships passing through it. Prepare to be amazed!

Information about Kirosan Panorama Park
Address: 
Yoshiumi-Cho, Minamiura, 487-4, Imabari (map)
Opening hours: 24 hours

8. Cycling over Kurushima-Kaikyo bridge

The sleepy city of Imabari welcomes you to Shikoku. Before heading deeper to the island, the city itself is very popular because of its cycling route above the Kurushima-Kaikyo bridge. So prepare your sneakers and warm up because we will visit Sunrise Itoyama Cycling Terminal and rent a bike in the morning.

 

Cycling route in Kurushima-Kaikyo via Japan Times

Imagine cycling over one of the world’s longest suspension bridges while enjoying the cool spring air, the sea and the surrounding islands. End your trip at Yoshiumi Iki-Iki Kan and let’s head for another adventure there!

Information of Sunrise Itoyama Cycling Terminal
Address: 2-8-1 Sunaba-cho, Imabari City, Ehime (map)
Telephone: 0898-41-3196
Opening hours: 8am – 8pm (April – September), 8am – 5pm (April-March)
Rental Fee : Adults, ¥1,000 a day plus ¥1,000 deposit.
Children under 12 years old, ¥300 a day plus ¥500 deposit.
Electric assist bicycles, ¥1,500 up to 6 hours plus ¥1,000 deposit.
Tandem bicycles, ¥1,200 a day plus ¥1,000 deposit.
Website: Sunrise Itoyama Cycling Terminal

9. Wild Barbecuing at Yoshiumi Iki-Iki Kan

Road Station Yoshiumi Iki-Iki Kan may look like a sleepy little port at a glance, but who would have thought that this place is a hidden oasis to enjoy delicious seafood!

Grilling seafood over shichirin via Dennie Ramon

There are various types of fresh seafood that we can choose here and have fun grilling them yourself by using shichirin (a traditional Japanese grill). Don’t worry about doing it yourself because the staffs are there to help you grilling the seafood to perfection. Be sure to try different types of shellfish, local fish, shrimp, abalone and even geoduck. One popular way to enjoy it is to eat the seafood alongside a bowl of rice mixed with Ehime sea bream (taimeshi). Umai!

Information about Yoshiumi Iki-Iki Kan
Address: 4520-2 Yoshiumi chōmyō, Imabari-shi, Ehime (Located on route 317) (map)
Telephone: 0897-84-3710
Opening hours: 9am – 5pm
More info: Yoshiumi Iki-iki Kan

10. Kurushima Boat Tour

The final exciting adventure to end our island hopping this time is cruise around the waters of Oushima on a boat tour from Yoshiumi Iki-iki Kan. You will be ensured with safety by wearing a life vest and a long coat to beat the chilly wind. The tour will take you to small islands around such as Kojima, Kurushima, and also Japan’s largest shipbuilding facility. Lastly, you will be brought to witness a natural phenomenon of a giant whirlpool. The guided tour lasts for 40 minutes.

 

Giant whirlpool during Kurushima boat tour via Kaori Square Feet

Information of Kurushima Boat Tour
Address: 4520-2 Yoshiumichomyo, Imabari City, Ehime (map)
Opening hours: 9am – 4pm
Tikcet: ¥1,500
Website: Imabari Shimanami

Finally it’s time to explore Shikoku after a wonderful one night trip of island hopping. Now that I think about it, how amazing it was to experience 10 things in just a trip as far as 60 km from Onomichi to Imabari!


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The Escapist’s Getaway™: The Wonders of Miyajima

The ancient island of Miyajima has more to it than just its legendary stature.

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Prologue

Miyajima was once untouched by warfare for around one millennium before the Sengoku period in the 16th century. Records showed that the construction of Itsukushima Shrine here dated since as far as the 6th century and completed like its current form by Taira no Kiyomori in 12th century.

It was not until the year was 1555 when the clan of Mouri, once considered only a small clan in Chugoku, challenged the usurper Sue Harukata of the powerful Ouchi Clan of northern Kyushu.

Taunted, Sue Harukata commanded his full army to engage the Mouri and they’re deliberately led to this island. Wily as a fox, Mouri Motonari as the patriarch of Mouri at that time, ambushed Harukata and decisively defeated his powerful army.

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The victory elevated the Mouri to prominence in west Japan afterwards. Despite the eventual victory of the rivaling Tokugawa Clan and the end of Sengoku period, the pride stayed within the hearts of the people in the region and will eventually spark the ultimate transformation from feudalism era to Japanese hegemony in the 19th century industrial era.

With or without knowing the history behind it, Miyajima was the very source of this awakening – started with the victory of the Mouri clan and the eventual Meiji Restoration. In a peaceful era like now, the island welcomes thousands of visitors each year with its natural beauty, rich culture, and stories from the olden times.

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The trip

Summarizing my one day trip to Miyajima, I can now conclude one important thing should you wish to visit the island. And that is to head there early from Hiroshima to spend the whole day here enjoying all the attractions, or even spend a night if possible.

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There are many ways to head here from Hiroshima. If you feel like arriving early at Hatsukaichi to board the ferry, it’s best to start from JR Hiroshima Station by using JR Sanyo Line or if you are planning to visit the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park first – you can use the streetcar from Genbaku Dome for cheaper but longer travel time. Alternatively, there are buses available as well heading to Hatsukaichi or you can even use the high speed boat from Hiroshima Port for JPY 1,800 and head straight to Miyajima.

The ferry trip from Hatsukaichi to Miyajima came with a very considerate price. It took only JPY 360 for a round trip, but bear in mind that the service stops at 5pm. That’s exactly the reason if you wish to spend only a day at Miyajima, then it is best to arrive early. However, if you would like to spend a night – there are more than 25 hotels available, scattering all over the island.

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The short ferry trip was a memorable one as you can witness the legendary Itsukushima torii or the giant orange gateway of the shrine. Later today, visitors can witness the magnificent view of it when the rising tide came, covering some parts of the torii.

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Arriving, it’s best to head straight to Miyajima-cho, the only town in the island and spend some time shopping souvenirs or having your meals. Miyajima is known for its conger eel rice bowl and oysters. I had my terrific all-about-oysters lunch set menu at Kaki-ya and spent additional dime trying Marukin Honpo’s conger eel buns. Another what to do at the town is to shop at Yamadaya for their famed momiji manju and even taking a hands-on class on how to bake these sweet delicacies.

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The distance was a short one from the town to the shrine and I particularly enjoyed my autumn beach walk, funnily accompanied by these inquisitive wild deers attracted with the food I brought. Alternatively, some rickshaws are also available at your disposal, ready to take you anywhere around the island and a blanket to keep you warm.

As expected, the very view of it took my breath away. It was like a dream come true, that this beautiful cultural heritage that I had seen in many pictures since my childhood finally can be witnessed firsthand. Particularly, it reminds me of my father’s travels to Japan in the 80s and that I can finally relive his moments here. I wonder if anyone else there shared the same thoughts as well.

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However, the trip is not considered complete without visiting the shrine as well. For an additional entrance fee, you can spend some time inside and seeing the priests praying and passing you by, marveling upon the architecture, seeing the torii from here, and even encountering newlyweds wearing beautiful traditional garments. It’s like a journey through time again here, realizing that it was like this back in the medieval times almost a thousand years ago which you can still experience it today.

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Alas, it was almost time to leave the island already. Nevertheless, I fully maximized that fleeting moment by having a good cuppa at the island’s famous coffee shops – Miyajima Itsuki Coffee and Sarasvati, while also passing by the Five Storied Pagoda and reserving my dreams to hop aboard the ropeway to Mount Misen and enjoying Miyajima from above.

Staycation: Hiroshima Tokyu REI, Hiroshima – Japan (Tokyu Hotels)

Perjalanan sekitar tujuh jam kami arungi di atas samudera Pasifik untuk mencapai Negeri Sakura. Ini adalah kali pertamanya saya menginjakkan kaki di negeri ini dan herannya bukan Tokyo yang menjadi tujuan perdana.

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Adalah Prefektur Chugoku di bagian barat yang akan menyambut kedatangan kami, segelintir wartawan serta para pemandu wisata dari Indonesia. Mendarat pagi di Kansai International Airport, kami langsung menaiki kereta dan melaju dengan cepat menggunakan Shinkansen Nozomi dari Shin-Osaka Station dengan tujuan akhir Hiroshima.

Cerita petualangan itu akan kita simpan untuk lain kesempatan. Singkat kata, sore hari telah datang dan tibalah waktunya untuk beristirahat sebelum menikmati makan malam.

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Hiroshima Tokyu REI berlokasi tepat di perempatan Heiwa Odori yang merupakan jalanan utama yang membelah kota ini dengan Chuo Dori. Bisa dibilang Chuo Dori ini adalah jalanan yang menjadi pusat keramaian kota Hiroshima.

Hanya dengan berjalan kaki dari Hiroshima Tokyu REI kita bisa mencapai perempatan Mikawacho, Shintenchi, serta Horikawacho yang berisikan banyak toko dan restoran. Tidak jauh dari situ, kita juga bisa menaiki Hiroden alias trem khas Hiroshima yang merupakan moda transportasi populer di kota ini.

Hotel yang kami tempati terasa begitu fungsional, rapi, serta bersih. Banyak space kosong yang memang memberikan rasa lega namun beranjak naik ke kamar, perasaan fungsional itu kembali merajai. Dengan harga yang begitu memadai, hotel berbintang tiga ini tetap terasa nyaman dan cocok untuk para business traveler.

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Meski kamar berukuran tidak terlalu besar untuk single traveler, namun keberadaan queen size bed dan meja kerja lengkap dengan televisi dan kulkas ternyata cukup membantu. Terlebih bagi saya yang memang selalu perlu membuka laptop, bekerja, maupun mengosongkan memory card kamera.

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Kamar mandi juga begitu memadai dengan adanya bath tub yang lengkap dengan shower dan toilet duduk tentunya. Satu hal yang saya temukan di Jepang berkali-kali adalah betapa considerate-nya hospitality di hotel-hotel. Shower biasanya diarahkan ke dinding sehingga tamu yang menginap tidak perlu khawatir terkena insiden kebasahan karena salah membuka keran dan lain sebagainya.

Pelengkap lainnya yang utama juga adalah kabel multifungsi yang bisa dipakai untuk charging berbagai device. Hanya saja tipe adapter-nya berbeda dengan Indonesia dan ini mengharuskan saya untuk berbelanja dahulu. Tak apa, mengingat ini akan terpakai terus dan letak hotel strategis yang membuat saya tidak perlu mencari jauh-jauh untuk memenuhi kebutuhan yang satu ini.

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Turun menuju restoran untuk makan pagi di hari berikutnya adalah satu momen yang selalu saya nantikan. Rupanya pilihan makanan di Hiroshima Tokyu REI cukup beragam. Mulai dari berbagai makanan pembuka, makanan utama, dessert, hingga pastry beraneka jenis serta tentunya minuman. Senang berkontribusi walaupun sedikit, Hiroshima Tokyu REI memang mempersilakan pengunjungnya untuk menaruh tray bekas makan di satu counter. Satu konsep yang masih cukup asing hingga hari ini untuk orang Indonesia, namun kita sudah bisa berlatih di McDonald’s maupun Burger King.

Sebelum siang waktunya kami untuk beranjak menuju tujuan berikutnya. Hari pertama yang melelahkan karena kesulitan tidur ketika di pesawat maupun perjalanan panjang rupanya tertutupi dengan rasa excited mengunjungi Jepang pertama kalinya serta bermalam di hotel yang nyaman.


HIROSHIMA TOKYU REI HOTEL

Address:
10-1 Mikawacho, Naka Ward, Hiroshima, Hiroshima Prefecture 730-0029, Japan

T: +81 82-244-0109

Website



Photo is courtesy of Hiroshima Tokyu REI Hotel

EAT: Ikinari Steak (JAX, Feb 2016)

Discover what makes this Japanese steakhouse chain Ikinari different from the rest in the competition.

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Ikinari Steak is big in Tokyo. That may be an overstatement if compared with the how ubiquitous those donburi kings such as Yoshinoya, Matsuya, or Sukiya and other international fast food franchises. However, Ikinari Steak’s grasp has reached to as far as Hiroshima, Fukuoka, and Kumamoto on the west and Sendai to the north, in addition to its many outlets in the capital.

The secret behind the success started with the adoption of tachigui concept. The fast tempo of Japanese daily routine altogether with high property and population density in big cities are the main reasons behind the emergence of ‘eating while standing’ eateries.

There are no seats available in the restaurant and only high dining tables equipped with all sorts of sauces and cutlery. While this might be frowned upon by those who are not accustomed to it, but this concept creates quick turnover of customers.

Thus we can immediately assume that the quick turnover helps to subside the pricing. If that’s the case, it’s precisely why Ikinari Steak bravely offers half the price of the competition for the steaks. For example, 300 grams of rib eye will cost you around JPY 1,800! With so many cuts of meat in its arsenal such as quality sirloin, tenderloin, secondary cuts, burger, and wagyu; Ikinari Steak seems unbeatable as of this moment.

 
 

It was a mixture of foodie senses and destiny that brought me for my first time encounter with Ikinari Steak in Hiroshima. The store was not that big but even at 11 p.m., people were still frequenting it and seen enjoying their supper with rice and soup. Yes, rice and soup! French fries or mashed potato is not appealing for this type of mass, but the meat culture has always been strong in Japan as we all know.

First thing first is to order your meat at the butcher’s counter. State your cut and refer him the weight for your steak. Commonly it is between 200, 300, and up to 500 grams. He will then slice the meat and weigh it in front of the customer. That way, we will also know the exact weight and price.

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Afterwards, state your preferred temperature for the steak and expect great things coming from the kitchen. Served on a hot plate upon a bed of onions and corn kernels, the steak was beautifully presented, perfectly grilled, and topped with butter.

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The sharp knife agrees with the meat wholeheartedly as it sliced through easily and that it melts right away with every inch of its fine flavor in my mouth. It was comforting, despite the fact that I had to stand up just to enjoy every slice of it. Soon, however, you will forget about such inconvenience. You will be occupied with all the goodness coming from the steak.

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Now, it is your turn to experience this with Ikinari when in Japan.

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IKINARI STEAK
Not halal-certified
Unsuitable for vegetarians

Addresses & opening hours: www.ikinaristeak.com/shopinfo

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Original link: http://jax.co.id/ikinari-steak/

Photography by Dennie Ramon

Food Trip: Hiroshima & Ehime, Finding Seafood at its Best

The Foodie Magazine has the opportunity to pioneer its way through the regions less heard back on our trip to Japan and here we came up with best places to eat while in Chugoku and the western part of Shikoku.

Japan is all about perfection on what we see and what we experience, including of course, every part of my foodie exploration during my recent trip there.

Treading a road less traveled to the Chugoku area where the famed city of Hiroshima resides and a bit to the south, heading to Ehime prefecture across the narrow sea to the Shikoku island, I was held in awe with not just the how this western part of the big Honshu island has to offer with its beautiful nature but also with the food.

From the city of Hiroshima to the heart of Ehime in Matsuyama, hereby The Foodie Magazine shares you the best places for traditional fares and seafood as the main star.

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HIROSHIMA-STYLE OKONOMIYAKI

Okonomiyaki is ubiquitous in Hiroshima that it is even can be seen from the moment I put my footsteps on the city’s main train station. Everyone was seen having it for lunch or dinner and long queues are seen on many places.

Despite having the literal meaning of ‘cook as you please’, how people actually cook this Japanese pancake is actually very straightforward. In Hiroshima, after the batter has been set, the cook will then stack it on a bed of cabbages in abundance, bean sprouts, tempura crumbs and pork.

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An egg is then cracked open and cooked for a moment before being topped with the okonomiyaki. Lastly, taking an advice from an old friend, I decided to instead ask for seafood as a substitute for the pork. With the special sauce topped on it and sprinkles of togarashi to whip up its spiciness, it was perhaps one of the best okonomiyaki I ever had.

At the Full Focus Building on the 6th floor, get yourself caught in a maze filled with okonomiyaki shops where people would choose their favorite shops to enjoy the slice of Hiroshima’s best with good drinks and good friends.

Full Focus Building, 10-1 Matsubara-cho, Minami-ku, Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima

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ALL ABOUT OYSTERS AT KAKI-YA

The beauty of Itsukushima Shrine and its legendary torii are known worldwide and this site is not only Japan’s third most famous tourist spot, but also one of the world’s heritages.

Right in the heart of the shopping street of the island’s only town, there’s one famous restaurant where people would queue long for its grilled oysters. Kakiya is the name and arriving early before lunch saved me a good seat to enjoy the lunch. The restaurant itself has been featured in publications such as Hiroshima’s Michelin Guide and Lonely Planet Japan.

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For a lunch set that consists of grilled oysters, fried breaded oysters, and oysters rice with miso shiru; it was a kingly gift that gave me power to explore this majestic island and preparing myself with the manju making class at the island’s best shop for the delicacy – Yamadaya.

Kaki-ya, 539 Miyajima-cho, Itsukushima, Hiroshima

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THE FRESHEST GRILLED SEAFOOD AT YOSHIUMI IKI-IKI KAN

One of my best highlights of the journey was the decision to stop by at this rest area on Oshima island before heading to the mainland of Shikoku. With an astonishing view of the world’s longest suspension bridge of Kurushima-Kaikyo, the experience of eating freshly grilled seafood at Yoshiumi Iki-Iki Kan topped any places that I ever visited.

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Yoshiumi Iki-Iki Kan has its own seafood market where customers can choose what they wish to eat and pay before grilling it. Wide selections from live fish, octopus, oysters, and cockles are available here including skewered meat, corn on the cob, and many more.

Right next door, Yoshiumi Iki-Iki Kan has prepared an alfresco dining room and prepares each customer a charcoal stove. Experience yourself the Japanese way of grilling seafood and enjoy it with a bowl of taimeshi ­or the sea bream rice.

Yoshiumi Iki-Iki Kan, 4530-2 Yoshiumi Chomyo, Imabari-shi, Ehime

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THE TAIMESHI OF DOGO

The sea bream is everywhere to be found in Ehime prefecture and it’s like comparing it to Norway with its salmons. In many restaurants, the use of white rice is often substituted to taimeshi or a mixture of flavored rice with shredded cooked sea bream. Delicious and fulfilling, the taimeshi becomes a great company for any of Ehime’s rich lineup of cuisines.

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At the Dogo Beer Bakushukan, the tavern serves wonderful cuisines of Matsuyama in addition to the city’s reputation for its beer brewery. The dinner set consists of various choices between chicken and beef, but that day I preferred Dogo Beer Bakushukan’s version of sea bream with rice as a dinner set.

The sliced raw sea bream is served upon rice and then to be mixed with raw egg. Add a bit of soy sauce on it and there you go, a dish to remember when in Matsuyama. After such a wonderful treat, don’t forget to pamper yourself on the bath next door at Dogo Onsen before calling it a night.

Dogo Beer Bakushukan, 20-13 Dogoyunomachi, Matsuyama-shi, Ehime

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Featured in THE FOODIE MAGAZINE Jan 2015 edition

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Photography by Dennie Ramon