Run by Andersen, a well-established Hiroshima bakery, the Kodani SA (service area) is located on the Sanyo Expressway as you head into Hiroshima prefecture.
As it’s a personal favorite of mine, photo-writer Furukawa, I would like to introduce it to those of you from outside the prefecture!
At the entrance you’ll see the signboard of the famed Hiroshima shop. What kinds of local gourmet do they offer I wonder…?!
The first to catch my eye were these momiji manju (maple-leaf-shaped sweet bean buns).
But just as their name suggests, “Atarashimomiji” are not filled with sweet bean paste, but rather with citrus and Danish cream cheese. It’s a new (‘atarashii’ = ‘new’ in Japanese) kind of delicacy. Hugely popular as souvenirs, they can be found at other service areas, too.
This is an interesting one! They’re cookies made in collaboration with Hiroshima carmaker, Mazda. Many male customers who love driving visit the service area, and I hear that this particular product is surprisingly popular among older gentlemen!
From the food court, I’d like to recommend a Kodani SA original dish called the “Hiroshima-na buns Japanese beef burger set”, which isn’t even served at the Hiroshima Andersen main store.
The buns made using “Hiroshima-na”, a local vegetable, are topped with juicy patties made with Hiroshima grown Japanese beef. This isn’t fast food; it’s a splendid “meal”.
Now then, talking about Andersen, I mustn’t forget to mention bread…
This Hiroshima lemon bread is also a limited edition product you can purchase only at Kodani SA. The fluffy and moist dough is topped with lemon simmered with sugar. The not too sweet, fresh flavor is perfect for breakfast.
After gathering information for this article, I also bought some to take home.
At the entrance of the shop you can find a large stone stove. Among all the Andersen shops in Japan, the only other one is at the main store.
Even if you come just to buy bread, it’s completely worth the trip!
This time I only introduced food, but Kodani SA is also known as being the first service area in Japan to have a real flower shop.
As well as plenty of events such as outdoor concerts held in May and November, regular courses in bread making and flower arranging are held.
Do come and visit the Kodani service area; it’s filled with fun!!
Kodani service area
Address: 5661 Kodani, Takaya-cho, Higashihiroshima city
Business hours: Shopping corner, food court open 24h
(Check the opening hours of other facilities at the homepage below)
Closed: Open all year
Andersen (gourmet & shopping) 082-434-6745
Setouchi Finder Photo-writer: Izumi Furukawa
Izumi Furukawa Hello. My name is Izumi Furukawa and I was born in Kagawa Prefecture. Before getting married in 2012, I wrote for various magazine companies and Internet based media organizations in Tokyo. After marrying, I moved to Hiroshima and am now raising my child as well as writing stories about my fascination with this area through Setouchi Finder. Most of the articles I write are about places I visit on weekends with my family. My favorite driving course is Route 375 from Saijyo to the Miyoshi Area, and my favorite food from the Hiroshima area is Anagomeshi (from Miyajima)!!
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