Hiroshima and Miyajima

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With just one day in our schedule to explore Hiroshima and Miyajima we knew it’d be full on!

As we had a Japan Rail Pass we booked our tickets a couple of days in advance from Tokyo to Hiroshima as it was a busy time of year. This also ensured we secured a desirable time and seats, as the journey was our longest of the two weeks and included a change in Kobe.

Located just a five minute walk from the main shopping area Hatchobori, Chisun Hotel Hiroshima was our chosen hotel for this one night stay. A perfectly pleasant hotel despite the small bedroom; which was not much of an issue as we spent the majority of our time out and about.

To ensure we got the most of our short time in the region, we started the day early to fit in both Hiroshima and Miyajima in one day. Thankfully the local Maple-oop provides free transportation for JR Pass holders, so we could jump on this to get around the city quicker.

Our first stop of the day was the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and Museum to learn in more detail about what happened not just on August 6th 1945 when a nuclear bomb was dropped on the city, but also about the build up to the horrific event.

Located nearby is A-Bomb Dome (Genbaku Dome) which sits  just 160 meters from the epicentre of the blast. It is one of the few structures in the area that remained standing and over the years has become a symbol of the bombing.

Following a sombre morning it was time to jump on a boat (also covered by the JR Pass) to Miyajima for a more lighthearted afternoon.

Upon arriving on the island, after viewing a local procession, we made our way to Miyajima Brewery for a late lunch of fish and chips, served complete with chopsticks!

After this we explored the island on foot, taking in Itsukushima Shrine (the floating Torii Gate was covered up due to repairs) and Miyajima Omotesando Shopping Street for some local retail therapy.

We’d have loved to stay on the island for a couple of nights as there is so much more to do, but we’ll just have to save that for our next trip! As the sun set we made our way back to the mainland, stopping off at Hiroshima Castle before getting a quick bite to eat and then hitting the sack.

Hiroshima and Miyajima was a quick stop on our schedule of Japan but 100% worth it for the history and sights alone.

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