Hiroshima Hondori Shopping Street is a wide-area shopping street, representing the International City of Peace and Culture of Hiroshima and the Chugoku-Shikoku region, it is widely known as just "Hondori" in Hiroshima. The shopping street stretches about 577 meters east to west. The east side of the street is adjacent to the Hiroshima Kanazakai shopping district, and the west side is adjacent to Peace Memorial Park, attracting an average of 100,000 people a day.
In the Edo period (1603-1867), what is now Hondori was part of the Nishikoku Kaido (Sanyo Road) that crossed the area under Hiroshima Castle. There are a total of nine stone slabs embedded in the road surface of the shopping street, such as "Saigoku Kaido," "Leather Store Town," "Hirataya Town," etc., showing that the street was once a highway. If you are passing by Hondori, take a moment to look down at your feet and feel the history.
It was originally destroyed by the atomic bombing during the Pacific War. Later, in 1954, a shopping arcade was built, leading to the full-scale reconstruction of Hiroshima.
There is a wide range of stores, from long-established stores that have been in business for over 100 years to the latest national-scale stores, including restaurants, merchandise, fashion, accessories, medicine, clothing, daily necessities, stationery, etc. When the local baseball team, the Hiroshima Carp, wins a championship, fans spontaneously gather here to celebrate the win.
The shopping street is loved by the community and continues to reflect the "present" Hiroshima.