On Friday, it was time to go south for the next part of the holiday. We caught a few shinkansen (bullet trains) from Utsunomiya to Hiroshima, my personal favourite place in Japan. The trip takes around six hours one way, so by the time we arrived it was pretty late. We found our hotel, had a rest (somehow, travelling by train can take it out of you a bit), then headed off to eat tea and find the Hiroshima Memorial Peace Park. By that time, it was dark, so I was interested in what the A-Bomb Dome would look like at night. It's lit up very effectively, and very striking. The whole park had a really nice calm atmosphere, and somebody was playing a violin in the distance. We walked around for about an hour. Unfortunately, the museum was already closed. By the way, most of the photos in this post were taken by my brother - they are really amazing, and I want to say thank you to him for sending them to me!
|Stunning photos of a A-Bomb Dome taken by Edward.|
|The lighting set-up on the dome was spot on, and allowed us to see everything just as easily as we would have in daytime.|
|The details of the dome were extremely striking at night.|
The next day, we had decided to watch a baseball game. We got up, and went to the nearest 7-11 to buy tickets. Unfortunately, the game was completely sold out! I was really surprised, as I had read online that you can usually buy baseball tickets at the stadium on the day, unless it's a big team, or an important game. I assumed this wasn't either, but it seems I was wrong. We were both quite disappointed, and went back to the hotel to decide what to do. I looked up a few more baseball games online, and found one on the next day in Osaka, which is where we were planning to go anyway. We went back to the 7-11, and were able to sucessfully buy tickets for that game. Yay! We still didn't have any plans for that day, so we decided to go to Miyajima, a small but quite famous island off the coast of Hiroshima. I had been there once before, but I was really looking forward to going again.
Miyajima is home to a famous torii gate, a beautiful shrine, and a large population of deer. Three things which are definitely worth a visit!
|I finally got to take a photo of the torii gate with the tide in!|
|Why hello deer.|
|Check out this Finding Nemo themed tank! Such a cool idea!|
|So many nemoooooossss!|
|It was wonderful weather for the game.|
|Everybody blowing up the funny balloons.|
|It's such an impressive sight when they all go off!|
|He's number 8, Isn't he adorable?!|
|It was hard to get a good picture of the castle, but Edward managed to get this great one.|
|The mirrored exterior and design of the building is really futuristic.|
|Nice views across the city.|
|It was another beautiful day. We were very lucky with weather.|
|These are the escalators you take up to the viewing platform - rather scary!|
|The Umeda Sky Building from afar.|
|Such a big difference in scores, hahaha!|
|Just look at that climb to the drop!|
|Here you can say it going through the Ferris wheel in the foreground, and the hole in the mall, in the background.|