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HatsukaichiJapan

Just outside of Hiroshima City, find a serene getaway nestled in between the mountains and the sea, where one of Japan’s most recognizable torii gates has stood for centuries.

Hatsukaichi is a city in Hiroshima prefecture that is best known for its history as a seaside marketplace and as the gateway to the magnificent Itsukushima Shrine on Miyajima Island. Its name is derived from the city’s traditional hosting of a produce market on the 20th day of each month, dating back to the Kamakura Period. Visit this pretty coastal city to enjoy the region’s delicious fresh seafood, local produce and breathtakingly beautiful Shinto shrine.

Discover a diverse landscape as you explore the city’s wide-reaching limits, from the island of Miyajima to the rugged and mountainous hinterland. If you’re lucky enough to visit during the 20th Day Market, spend the morning checking out handcrafted wooden items, fresh produce and local seafood. Pack a picnic and prepare for some exploration of Hatsukaichi’s wilderness and sacred areas. Hatsukaichi is an ideal spot for leisure and adventure activities, such as hiking, kayaking or skiing. See dramatic mountains, lush valleys, clear streams and picturesque farms.

Set aside a day or two to explore Miyajima, the island directly offshore from Hatsukaichi. The Itsukushima Shrine on this island is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as well as a National Treasure of Japan. It is said that a shrine has existed here for over 4,000 years and the Itsukushima Shrine holds deep historical and cultural significance. The shrine, which is accessible by ferry, appears at its most beautiful and tranquil at high tide. During this period, it appears as though the shrine and its mighty red torii gate are floating on the water. Also on Miyajima, you can find the Miyajima Natural Botanical Garden, the Miyao Castle Ruins and the Miyajima Public Aquarium.

The city can be reached in under an hour by train from Hiroshima City. Hatsukaichi is a destination for all seasons: climb Mount Misen or kayak in the sea in the summer, watch the maple leaves turn at Momijidani Park and pick chestnuts in fall, hike amid the cherry blossoms in spring or ski fresh powder in winter.

Top Hotels in Hatsukaichi

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Aki Grand Hotel & Spa
Aki Grand Hotel & Spa
3.5 out of 5
1-1-17 Miyajimaguchi Nishi 1-chome, Hatsukaichi, Hiroshima
The price is ¥16,396 per night from Sep 27 to Sep 28

Situated on the waterfront, this hotel is 0.7 mi (1.2 km) from JR Nishinihon Miyajima Ferry and 2 mi (3.1 km) from Miyajima Ferry Terminal. Omotesando Shopping ...

4/5Very Good! (182 reviews)

"It was good fun and relaxing staying in Aki grand hotel and spa"…"

Reviewed on Aug 16, 2020

Aki Grand Hotel & Spa
SHIOMACHI-AN Miyajima Traditional Guesthouse
SHIOMACHI-AN Miyajima Traditional Guesthouse
2.5 out of 5
73-2 Miyajima-cho, Hatsukaichi, Hiroshima-ken
The price is ¥10,780 per night from Sep 29 to Sep 30

Situated by the ocean, this guesthouse is steps from Itsukushima Shrine, Museum of History and Folklore, and Itsukushima Shrine Treasure Hall. Daiganji Temple ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (214 reviews)

"Very cosy and charming and authentically Japanese"…"

Reviewed on Feb 24, 2020

SHIOMACHI-AN Miyajima Traditional Guesthouse
Miyajima Coral Hotel
Miyajima Coral Hotel
3 out of 5
1-9-8 Miyajimaguchi, Hatsukaichi, Hiroshima
The price is ¥5,200 per night from Sep 28 to Sep 29

Situated in Hatsukaichi, this hotel is 1.7 mi (2.8 km) from Five-Story Pagoda and 2.1 mi (3.3 km) from Momijidani Park. Miyahama Hot Spring and Marina Hop are ...

4.2/5Excellent! (418 reviews)

"In CBD, walkable distance to many sight apota, ahopping malls. Quiet and confortable hotel. However, the room is a but small and the daily carparking fee is quite expensive."…"

Reviewed on Feb 6, 2020

Miyajima Coral Hotel

Vacation Rentals in Hatsukaichi

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
OYO Hotel Miyajima Inn Hourainosato Hiroshima
OYO Hotel Miyajima Inn Hourainosato Hiroshima
2.5 out of 5
2-1-7 Maezora, Hatsukaichi, Hiroshima Prefecture

Situated in Hatsukaichi, this aparthotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of JR Nishinihon Miyajima Ferry, Imosenotaki Falls, and Machiya Street. Five-Story Pagoda and ...

3.9/5Good! (9 reviews)

"Ok but with that price I’d not stay there."…"

Reviewed on Jan 5, 2020

OYO Hotel Miyajima Inn Hourainosato Hiroshima
Miyajima Tsutsumigaura Natural Park
Miyajima Tsutsumigaura Natural Park
2.5 out of 5
Miyajimacho 1195, Hatsukaichi, Hiroshima

Situated near the beach, this vacation home is steps from Setonaikai National Park and Itsukushima Shrine. Miyajima Ferry Terminal is 2 mi (3.2 km) away.

5/5Exceptional! (1 review)

"ケビンだがほとんど家のような快適さ。ケビン内にはwifiアクセスポイントなし、洗濯機壊れてる(壊れてなくても1回の利用料が1000円はさすがに高くないか……)、あたりが不便だとは思ったがケビンなので仕方ないかなと思う"…"

Reviewed on Jan 4, 2020

Miyajima Tsutsumigaura Natural Park
Hiroshima Your Court Dambara
Hiroshima Your Court Dambara
3 out of 5
1-1-6 Danbaraminami, Hiroshima, Hiroshima
The price is ¥6,364 per night from Sep 27 to Sep 28

Located in Minami Ward, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Manga Library-Museum and Mazda Zoom-Zoom Stadium. Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (2 reviews)
Melhor experiência em Hiroshima

"Nossa estadia foi fantástica. O apartamento é bem grande, fica em local muito bom, tem um mercado na rua de trás, o que facilita bastante quem quer comer em casa, já que tem cozinha. As instruções para check-in e check-out foram bem explicadas e recebidas em várias ocasiões por e-mail. Recomendo ..."…"

Reviewed on Mar 24, 2020

Hiroshima Your Court Dambara

Popular places to visit in Hatsukaichi

Itsukushima Shrine
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Itsukushima Shrine

4.5/5(181 reviews)

Walk along wooden piers and observe the captivating sights of this Shinto shrine that appears to float on the water offshore from Miyajima Island.

Miyajima Ferry Terminal
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Miyajima Ferry Terminal

4.5/5(116 reviews)

Take a relaxing and scenic ferry trip to the sacred island of Miyajima and begin your journey to serene shrines and a tranquil mountain peak.

Miyajima Aquarium
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Miyajima Aquarium

4.5/5(5 reviews)

See the majestic porpoises and sea lions of the Seto Inland Sea or touch penguins and shoreline creatures at this comprehensive aquarium on Miyajima Island.

Daisho-in
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Daisho-in

4.5/5(6 reviews)

Wander around the enchanting gardens of this temple and check out traditional Buddhist structures on Mount Misen, the holy mountain of Miyajima.

Mount Misen
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Mount Misen

Forested footpaths and a scenic ropeway lead up to Miyajima’s tallest peak, where you can spot wildlife and examine intriguing rock formations and Buddhist relics.

Momijidani Park
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Momijidani Park

View one of Japan’s most legendary fall sights and see blazing fall colors in this garden of maple trees at the foot of holy Mount Misen on Miyajima Island.

Top things to do in Hatsukaichi

Miyajima Cultural Highlights Walking Tour
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Miyajima Cultural Highlights Walking Tour

¥7,800
Per adult
Enjoy Japanese Culture at the Old Zen Temple in Miyajima
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Enjoy Japanese Culture at the Old Zen Temple in Miyajima

¥15,000
Per adult
Tea ceremony and Kimono in Miyajima
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Tea ceremony and Kimono in Miyajima

¥10,000
Per adult
Experience Tea Ceremony, Calligraphy and Kimono
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Experience Tea Ceremony, Calligraphy and Kimono

¥15,000
Per adult
Experience tea ceremony, calligraphy and kimono
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Experience tea ceremony, calligraphy and kimono

¥15,000
Per adult
Miyajima Cultural Highlights Walking Tour
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Miyajima Cultural Highlights Walking Tour

¥7,945
Per adult

Reviews of Hatsukaichi

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Verified traveler

Jan 29, 2020

Miyajima is generally a wonderful place to visit and hike around. It is one of my favorite places in Japan. I've been there in hot weather, snow, and cold weather and also pleasant fall weather. This trip it has been raining every day for a week, so

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 5, 2020

Miyajima has been one of my favorite places of all japan

4/5 - Good

Jeff

Sep 29, 2019

Quiet peace compared to the frenetic energy of Tokyo. A contrast that helps understand Japan beyond mega city fame. Historical and beautiful.

4/5 - Good

Eddie

Sep 28, 2019

More tourists than I expected, with the resulting preponderance of tourist shops on the Main Street.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Aug 12, 2019

Friendly staff and plenty of parking.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jul 1, 2019

Be sure to take the cable-cars (called "rope-way") up to the top of Mt. Mizen. If you are feeling really adventurous, you can walk uphill and/or downhill (about 2 hours each way).

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