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Japan Vlog – Hiroshima & Miyajima ・ 広島 & 宮島【Travel Japan】

April 14-15, 2016
We took the shinkansen again, this time to Hiroshima. We spent the first day exploring Hiroshima, and the second day we visited the island Miyajima (or Itsukushima)

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Hiroshima:
When we arrived at Hiroshima station it was raining, so we decided to take a tour bus “meipuru~pu” (haha so cute!). The tour bus stopped right next to Hiroshima station and our hotel. And since we had JR Pass, we could ride the bus for free. Otherwise I think it was 100 or 200 yen.

Atomic Bomb Dome & Peace Memorial Museum
Although visiting these places is not particulary “fun”, I think it is something everyone should see. A very grounding experience, and a stark reminder for future generations of the horrors of war. Very moving, and very sad.

Hiroshima style Okonomiyaki 広島風お好み焼き
We decided to try some Hiroshima style okonomiyaki for dinner. In this style, the ingredients are layered rather than mixed. Since it was raining we decided to just find a place inside the station. I think it was the one called “Takasago Maru” but there were lots of other restaurants as well, so I could be mistaken. We just went for the first one that we spotted.
https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g298561-d8674948-Reviews-Takasago_Maru-Hiroshima_Hiroshima_Prefecture_Chugoku.html

Hotel Granvia Hiroshima
We stayed at this very convenient hotel with direct access to Hiroshima station. We had a standard room, so it was a bit small at usual, but it had a nice big bathtub and a great view. The hotel bar was also very nice, with good drinks.
http://www.hgh.co.jp/english/

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Miyajima:
The next day the sun was shining, so we decided to take a ferry to this island. While officially named Itsukushima, the island is more commonly referred to as Miyajima, “shrine island”. Since we had the JR Pass we took the train to Miyajimaguchi and then the ferry from there, since it’s free with the JR Pass.

When we arrived, the first place we saw was an “Owls forest”, with real owls 😮 Though I love owls, however I don’t think it’s suitable to keep them as pets like that. And even though I love watching owls up close, I would love it more if they were free ~

Then we went on a stroll in the shopping street. A very touristy place, but filled with delicious things to eat. We tried Momiji manju, Hiroshima nikuman(ju), oysters, ice cream, fish cakes and more. Manju is a sort of steamed bun with different fillings, and Momiji Manju are distinguished by their momiji (maple) leaf shape. There was so many delicious things to try!

Itsukushima Shrine
Then walking along the beach over to Itsukushima shrine. Most famous for its giant torii gate, which at high tide seems to float on the water. Although, we didn’t go into the shrine, we decided to keep walking.

Daisho-in Temple (大聖院)
We instead walked to Daisho-in, located at the base of Mount Misen. It is also one of the most famous temples in Miyajima, with many beautiful buildings and statues.

Mount Misen (弥山)
From Daisho-in’s temple grounds, a hiking trail leads to the summit of Mount Misen. We read that the hiking trail takes about 2 hours, and it was pretty accurate. It was quite hot that day, so I’m glad we decided to bring lots of water. Even taking the ropeway you still have to walk a bit to reach the summit. But if you can make it, the view is well worth the effort. We decided to take the ropeway down at least ~

Then we spent some time relaxing at the beach. And when evening came, the water had subsided a bit because of the tide, so we could almost walk over and touch the torii gate.

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Itsukushima is an island located in the western Seto Inland Sea of Japan, northwest of Hiroshima Bay. Known as Miyajima, also called Miyajima of Aki.

Many historical sights and nature are left in Miyajima / Itsukushima Shrine registered as a World Heritage Site.

The Itsukushima Shinto shrine built by Heikomi Sari is beautiful like the Heian Picture Scroll and the Shinto Otorii (World Cultural Heritage) is known as a symbol of Miyajima.

It is a sightseeing spot that can not be disregarded for sightseeing in Hiroshima, and there are other five-storied pagodas, Miyajima Ropeway in Toyokuni Shrine, Lion rock in Asakaji on the Asakaji side.

There are also many souvenir shops.

Please check it out!!