Miyajima Island, and Hiroshima

Getting back to nature with two nights peaceful Miyajima Island, off the coast of Hiroshima. It only took a few subways, a high speed train (traveling at speeds up to 200mph and a ferry to get here from Osaka, well worth it!

Dinner in our room, all sorts of delicacies, including local oysters (steaming under the fire pot)

Our room for two nights, overlooking Hiroshima Bay

Yes, we slept on the floor. Yes, getting up in the middle of the night/morning was funny. We survived. 🤣

Itsukushima Shrine O-Torii (Grand Gate), first built in the latter part of the sixth century. At low tide you can walk to it.


Itsukushima shrine and night lanterns with symbols of the Torii gate

Octopus on a stick, Mark’s happy meal

Stairs going up to Daishon Temple, prayer wheels are embedded on the hand rails

Ropeway/cable car up Mt. Misen to Momijidani Park

Lots of beautiful islands, pretty even on a cloudy day

Daishoin Temple, these are statues of 500 disciples of Buddha, honoring Jizo Bosatsu, a person who has attained enlightenment. They believe red is the color for “expelling demons and illness”. And they’re cute!

Hokoku Shrine and Five-storied pagoda, said to have been built in 1407

Ferry leaving Miyajima Island, heading to Hiroshima

Hiroshima Victim’s Memorial, inscribed with names of the victims of the atomic bomb

Atomic bomb dome was the only structure left standing (sort of) in the area

After the heaviness of visiting the Hiroshima Peace Memorial and Park we went to eat the iconic food of Hiroshima, an okonomiyaki

Seafood and traditional 

Hiroshima okonomiyaki, is a layered savory “pancake”, including noodles, cabbage, bean sprouts, pork. Batter is made with flour, water, and bonito flakes

Goodbye, Japan!

Hello, South Korea! Hoppy’s 40th country! Not bad for an eight year old!

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