Back in Nov 2011, hubby was supposed to go to Hiroshima on a work trip for one week. Since I've never been there before, decided to follow him. The plan was to reach two days earlier so that we could visit Miyajima 宮島, famous for the Itsukushima Shrine, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, located at the northwest of Hiroshima Bay. I would then stay for another night before heading back home first. In short, it was a 4D3N trip for me which I thoroughly enjoyed! Regrettably I should have stayed for the duration of hubby's work trip but oh well...
Have written this travel journal in 6 parts as I took too many photos, or rather there were so many things to share :p
Part I -- Arrival in Hiroshima
Part II -- Miyajima - Street food, Momijidani Park
Part III -- Miyajima - Mount Misen, Momiji-So (Ryokan), Itsukushima Shrine, Otorii Gate
Part IV -- Miyajima - Momiji-So Dinner and Breakfast
Part V -- Hiroshima A-Bomb Site, Shopping
Part IV -- The shopping loot
We took a red-eye flight (ANA) on Sat past midnight and reached Tokyo (Narita) Airport about 8.30am. From there, we took the Airport Limousine Bus to Haneda (Domestic) Airport (cost 3000 yen) for our transit flight to Hiroshima at 12noon.
Our first night of stay was Hotel Kawashima, located 5 mins away from the JR Hiroshima Station.
After the late lunch, we decided to explore downtown Hiroshima where the main shopping district is. We took the tram, known as Hiroden 広電 (operated by Hiroshima Electric Railway), which is the main mode of local public transportation in Hiroshima, other than public buses. I think Hiroshima is one of the few prefectures still using tram as its main mode of transportation (rather than subway). Nonetheless, the whole system is very efficient and easy to use, and I do like the nostalgic feel the trams add to the city.
After about 1.5hrs at Tokyu Hands, it was dinner time so we headed to this nearby eatery for dinner.
Ordered this dinner set consisting of rice, miso soup and 6 dishes of braised pumpkin, grilled saba, deep-fried potato with asparagus, potato salad, braised pork belly and cold tofu. Couldn't remember what the hubby ordered already. Anyway, it was yummy!
By the time we were done, most shops were already closed (about 8-8.30pm). So we took the tram back to the JR Hiroshima Station, walked around the supermarket (close at around 9.30pm) for a while before going back to the hotel for a good night rest.