18-kippu Trip Day 6: Miyajima

The city we visited on our sixth day was Hiroshima. I guess everybody knows that Hiroshima was one of the two sites where atomic bombs were dropped on Japan during the World War Two in 1945. Unlike many other cities in Japan which used subway or train, the public transportation in the city was tram.

From Hiroshima there is an island nearby called Miyajima (宮島) or Itsukushima (厳島). This island became our first destination in the Hiroshima Prefecture. Visitors can take a ferry boat to go to Miyajima. This island is famous for its torii gate welcoming the visitors to the island. When the water level is high, the torii gate looks as if it is floating on the water.

Miyajima Torii Gate

Miyajima Torii Gate

There is also Mount Misen on this island. To get to the peak of Mt. Misen, visitors can take the cable car. Since it was very cold and raining, we decided to not go to the peak and visited the shrines near the shore instead. Like in Nara, there were also many deers roaming freely on this island.

Shrine at Miyajima

Shrine at Miyajima

Deers at Miyajima

Deers at Miyajima

At night we went back to the city of Hiroshima and had a dinner at restaurant selling okonomiyaki. The okonomiyaki from Hiroshima was quite different from the one in Osaka. The meat, vegetables and egg was not mixed into a batter, but rather it was layered one by one when the chef cooked the okonomiyaki.

Hiroshima style okonomiyaki

Hiroshima style okonomiyaki

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