After enjoying the ship tour at the Yamato Museum, the next thing to look forward to is a cool drink at one of the stalls along Kure's famous Aka Chochin Dori ('Red Lantern Road').
Kuramoto-dori, the red brick street located 5-10 minutes walk along the river from Kure station.
In the evening the street changes completely into "Aka Chochin Dori".
Equipped with electricity, water and sewerage services, a rare sight even on the nation-level, it's a street full of food stalls.
I wander around till I find a stall I like; it's time to Kanpai! ('Cheers!').
After so much walking around the sights, I cool off with some ice-cold beer.
The food stall I chose today focuses on teppan-yaki dishes (prepared on a hot plate), but they also offer a wide variety of dishes that work perfectly with beer and other beverages.
And to finish off, I had some Hiroshima-style okonomiyaki (with noodles in it). It looks so delicious when prepared on the hot plate right in front of your eyes.
One of the charms of these food stalls is that you can easily make friends with other customers. On this day, the group sitting next to us was a group of tourists from Hakata (Kyushu).
From the food stall standards of ramen, oden and pork feet to creative cuisine, and teppan-yaki, each shop has its specialties and the area is bustling with locals and tourists well into the late hours.
How about enjoying nighttime Kure more thoroughly by touring its street side food stalls?
Aka Chochin Dori
Location: Kuramoto-dori street around 3-Chome, Chuo, Kure city, Hiroshima prefecture
Access: 5-10 minutes walk from JR Kure station
Business hours: From 18:00- (Closing time varies according to shop)
Contact: Kure city hall civil engineering general affairs department
Setouchi Finder Photo-writers: Makoto Esaki & Yoko Suganami (Rainbow Sake Co., Ltd.)
Yoko Suganami Rainbow Sake, Inc. After an extended stay in Hawaii, in 2011, I returned to my hometown of Kure, Hiroshima. Having worked at advertising companies in both Japan and Hawaii, I founded Rainbow Sake - a PR company with the goal of spreading Sake abroad. I hope that sake will ""bring the people of the world together"" and that I can be a part of that. I often travel abroad, and mostly to Hawaii and Singapore. Every time I come back home, I rediscover the beauty of my hometown and the happiness the easygoing, calm, fresh and simple sea and mountains of Setouchi bring.
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