Day 5 - Wednesday 1 April - Hiroshima

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Well I knew one full day wasn't really going to be enough time here.  I was right. 

The plan was to be out the door by nine, but we were late (as usual). 

Hiroshima trams
Hiroshima trams
Photo by Stu


Caught the JR train to Miyajima-guchi, as we'd already paid for that, and it's only 25 minutes instead of nearly an hour for the tram.  Then walked down and hopped on the JR ferry across to Miyajima (we were all set to buy tickets but the ticket dude said it was free with a JR pass.. score!).

Sculpture outside the ferry terminal at Miyajimaguchi
Sculpture outside the ferry terminal at Miyajimaguchi

On the ferry over to Miyajima
On the ferry over to Miyajima

Itsukushima Shrine Tori
Itsukushima Shrine and Tori

Itsukushima Shrine Tori
Itsukushima Shrine Tori

As soon as we got off the ferry we met the local deer population.  Natto wanted to be friends with all of them.  Or at least take photos of them all ;)  They *were* pretty cool.  Had a look at the map before wandering around to see the Itsukushima Shrine tori.  Walked up to see the five storey pagoda.  Then wandered round the back of Itsukushima looking at stuff.  We might have gone in but we didn't really have the time in the end.  We all took heaps of photos of the stuff that we did see heh.  Didn't get time to look at everything that was there either. 

Deer at Miyajima
There were lots of deer at Miyajima

Itsukushima Shrine's Stone Torii
Itsukushima Shrine's Stone Torii

Deer joined in on this group photo!
Deer joined in on this group photo!

Itsukushima Shrine Tori
Itsukushima Shrine Tori

Itsukushima Shrine
Itsukushima Shrine

Cherry blossoms in front of the Five Storey 

Pagoda
Cherry blossoms in front of the Five Storey Pagoda 

Five Storey Pagoda
Five Storey Pagoda 

Itsukushima Shrine Tori
Itsukushima Shrine Tori

Itsukushima Shrine
Itsukushima Shrine

We could easily have spent the entire day there.  But we really needed to get back to Hiroshima to see everything else we wanted to.  So hopped on another train back (after popping into 7 eleven to pick up some lunch to eat on the train).

Got back to the station then jumped on a tram down to the A-bomb Dome.  It was one of the few buildings left standing after the atomic bomb was dropped on the city. It was really sad standing there at basically ground zero.  The boys got talking to a guide that was there who was a hibakusha (a-bomb survivor) who was in-utero when the bomb went off, making him one of the youngest survivors. 

A-Bomb Dome, formerly the Hiroshima Prefectural Commercial Exhibition Hall
A-Bomb Dome, formerly the Hiroshima Prefectural Commercial Exhibition Hall 

Top of the A-Bomb Dome
Top of the A-Bomb Dome 

This dude is credited as one of the youngest survivors <br/>of the Atomic bomb - he was in utero when it happened
This dude is credited as one of the youngest survivors
of the Atomic bomb - he was in utero when it happened 

Wandered around the Peace Memorial Park, looking at some of the monuments. 

Memorial Tower to the Mobilized Students
Memorial Tower to the Mobilized Students 

Origami paper cranes
Origami paper cranes 

Cherry blossoms on the river bank
Cherry blossoms on the river bank 

Children's Peace Monument
Children's Peace Monument 

Atomic Bomb Memorial Mound
Atomic Bomb Memorial Mound
Holds the ashes of 70,000 bomb victims who were unidentified or had
no living relatives to claim them 

Flame of Peace
Flame of Peace
It is said that the fire will burn until the last nuclear weapon is gone
from the earth


Cenotaph for the A-Bomb Victims
Cenotaph for the A-Bomb Victims

Then headed up to the Peace Memorial Museum.  It had quite a lot of info about Hiroshima before, during and after the bombing, and didn't try to blame anyone, but was more about the message of peace and anti-nuclear weapons.  We spent two hours there but could easily have stayed longer if we'd had the time/energy. 

Watch that stopped when the atomic bomb went 

off
Watch that stopped when the atomic bomb went off 

Model of Hiroshima before the blast
Model of Hiroshima before the blast 

Model of Hiroshima after the blast
Model of Hiroshima after the blast

Hypocentre of the atomic blast
Hypocentre of the atomic blast

By this time it was raining relatively heavily, and it was getting quite late, so we abandoned plans to go see the castle and caught a tram back to the hotel. 

After drying off for a bit and resting, we headed out to try and find some dinner.  Found a place called Nakau's which was warm, dry, brightly lit, had lots of seating, and even an English menu.  So had a decent Japanese meal there :)

Then back to the hotel to do computery stuff..

Steps walked today: 13492
Photos taken by me: 350
Photos taken by Stu: 206

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