From Osaka, we took a day trip to Hiroshima. Our Shinkansen wasn’t very quick and it took us a little over 2 hours to reach our destination.
Ringing the Peace Bell at Hiroshima Peace Park.
Almost 70 years ago, the first atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima during World War II. After that, a second bomb was dropped in Nagasaki. We all know what happend and can guess the damage that had occurred. We weren’t sure what to expect during our visit to Hiroshima. How would people react to seeing the A-dome?
When we arrived in Hiroshima, it was extremely busy. Our last week here in Japan is during Golden Week which means that there are hoards of people everywhere you look. Everyone wanted to visit the A-dome and, I think, pay their respects. We all got in to a tram that took us to the Peace Memorial Park. The first thing you see when you get off the train is the A-dome. This ‘building’ is the only building that still stands after the first bomb dropped.
A man who was in his mothers womb during the bombing stands near the A-dome to tell stories of how his mother experienced that day. I didn’t get a chance to speak with him, because there were so many others that were interested.
The atmosphere wasn’t all that dark due to the Hiroshima Flower Festival that was taking place when we were there. There were lots of stages with people performing all kinds of shows (singing, dancing, orchestra’s… you name it). We just sat there for a while and realized that Hiroshima has developed to be a very nice city.
Food is always a big part of our day 😉 Mark had this for lunch.
We went to Miyajima afterwards, a small island about 30 minutes from the city of Hiroshima. From Miyajimaguchi JR Station, you have to take a ferry that takes about 15 minutes to get to the island. It is most famous for its giant torii gate, which at high tide seems to float on the water.
It was lovely to walk around the island when the sun finally came through the clouds.
Deer roam freely all around the island. They are so cute and not afraid of people at all! During the day, they are always close to the tourists and at night they sleep along the walking paths of the island.
Men dressed in samurai costumes can also be found all over the island. This one looked really cool with the mountains in the background.
Unfortunately for us, the tide was low and we didn’t get the views we were hoping for. It was still really nice to come to the island.
Our original plan was to go to Nara tomorrow, but since we’ve seen so many deer today and haven’t had much sleep lately, we have decided to sleep in and spend the day in Osaka by visiting the Osaka Castle Park and doing some laid back shopping 🙂 We’ll be visiting Nara on Wednesday.