Miyajima is the home of the floating torii, probably the most photographed shrine in Japan. The shrine was surrounded by a park, filled with deer. There was also a cable car to the mountain top. Unfortunately, we got there around 4pm and both the shrine and cable car closed at 5pm, so we couldn’t visitContinue reading “Miyajima 宮島”
Iwakuni is just under an hour west of Hiroshima, and is famous for its Kintai Bridge 錦帯橋, a traditional wooden bridge originally built in 1673. It was built using no nails, and you can see how the wood slots together to hold the bridge in one piece. But then the river flooded and washed theContinue reading “Iwakuni 岩国”
Naruto is a place I had wanted to see for a long time. Naruto is on Shikoku on the opposite side of Kobe on Honshu. Due to the shape of the seabed there, during high and low tides, huge whirlpools appear in the middle of the sea. The whirlpools last about 1hr before and afterContinue reading “Naruto Whirlpools 鳴門”
I guess Hiroshima was pretty standard tourist fare. It has a nice tram system right outside the train station, which while convenient meant that both times I’ve been here I’ve only visited what was on the tram line.