Machiya Street

A strolling avenue filled with an atmosphere of Japanese Modern stores melting into a townscape of yesteryear

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Machiya Street is a quiet yet popular street located behind Miyajima Omotesando Arcade. Retro modern cafés and galleries line the street which is also great for a walk at night when the paper-covered lanterns are lit up.
Business Hours
Weekdays ( 9:0 AM ~ 6:0 AM )

While the street is open 24 hours a day, the opening times of each store will vary [close] The street is open every day but the closing days of the shops will vary
808 Miyajimacho Hatsukaichi-shi, Hiroshima
(0829) 44-2011

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Spend a leisurely time in a historic townscape

One of three routes leading to Itsukishima Shrine from Miyajima Pier, Machiya Street, which is located behind Miyajima Omotesando Arcade, is an avenue which retains an air of the past. Get a feeling of the lifestyle of Miyajima residents with rickshaws and cars coming and going. The traditional machiya (townhouses) of Miyajima have been called “eel beds”, with a narrow entrance and a long space toward the back being their features. The fun also lies in checking out and dropping by establishments such as retro modern accommodations, shops and cafés which have been converted from residential buildings. Gallery Miyazato, which has merged a teahouse and an antique shop, also holds special exhibitions all the time and is a place where you can enjoy art.

The Hina Meguri to herald the arrival of spring

The Hina Meguri (Doll Festival) is annually held from late March to early April. This traditional Japanese event which celebrates the health and happy growth of girls has dolls decorating 30 different places including merchant houses and residences and can be viewed freely by anybody. A variety of doll decorations can be seen such as those reminiscent of the Edo Era, and unusual chubby dolls known as takebina made from bamboo. At this time when the cherry blossoms bloom, there are also tea ceremonies and garden concerts so that visitors can feel the advent of spring.

A strolling avenue at night with the atmospheric light of the lanterns

There are paper-covered lanterns just in front of the residences of Machiya Street. On each of these 51 lanterns, there are various designs illustrated which are changed 3 times a year. Every day from 30 minutes after sunset to 11pm, the lanterns are lit up which contribute to a calming time here that is different from the daytime. Most of the shops are closed by that time, but you will appreciate the stroll as you view the designs on the lanterns on the street at night.

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