We went to Hiroshima last autumn and although I planned to post it sooner, it didn't happen that way. We always procrastinated going to this city for obvious reasons but as it was a place on our list and held historic importance we decided to do it this time. It was a 4-hour journey from Tokyo by Shinkansen. We took a 2-day package from japanican.com that covered return trip Shinkansen tickets and accomodation. The package had a choice of hotels and we zeroed in for Hotel New Hiroden as it was near to Hiroshima station. We reached the historic city in the morning around 10 and started our journey right away.
Day 1: Hiroshima Peace Memorial, Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, Miyajima Island, Itsukushima Shrine
First thing we did was disposing our luggage (minimal; just 1 small bag) at our hotel, which was about 5-6 min walk from the Hiroshima station. We got a complimentary 1-day street car pass from our hotel. It was a great deal as street cars take you almost everywhere in the city. It does not include the regular JR lines. If you want more info on the day passes you may check this website here. I hope you enjoy going through the pictures and tidbits of our trip. 🙂
Once we got our stuff (1-day pass, maps, etc.) we started our day one further. It was a rainy day so we also picked our umbrellas. Our first stop was Hiroshima Peace Memorial or Atomic Bomb Dome (Gembaku-dome).
Next, we moved to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, which is around 7 min walk from Hiroshima Peace Memorial.
Since it was a crazy rainy day, we decided to pitstop at a lovely cafe near to the memorial. Eventually, when it was a bit better we continued for the day.
After Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, we boarded the street car to get on the ferry for Miyajima Island. The island houses the famous Itsukushima shrine and the giant torii gates that remains submerged during a high tide.
After this we headed for the most famous dinner of the city: the famous okonomiyaki at Okonomimura! 😀
Day 2: Hiroshima Castle, Shukkei-en Garden
Our day 2 started with a relaxing brunch at a little cafe, followed by Hiroshima Castle. The castle is surrounded by he gardens. It displays so much from the history; the samurais and how life was back in those days.
The last stop of our trip was Shukkei-en garden. Gardens have played a very vital role in the history of Japan. These are very meticulously designed featuring ponds, tea houses, etc. Shukkei-en garden is also one such place in Hiroshima where you get a taste of nature while being rooted to history and surrounded by present.
I hope you liked going through the post. Have you ever been to this historic city? What all did you see? Share your stories in the comment section. 🙂
As always, thanks for stopping by and reading! Have a great weekend!