When it comes to the history of Japan, Hiroshima is the city for it. The city is known worldwide for the first atomic bomb which dropped on August 6, 1945.
With such a rich history, this was of course the destination for our school’s first excursion in Japan.
Hiroshima is known for two World Heritage Sites:
First is the Atomic Bomb Dome of the Hiroshima Peace Memorial.
Nearby is a Children’s Peace Monument surrounded by donated paper cranes similar to the one below
If you want to have a deeper understanding of the event, I recommend visiting one of the museums in the area. The Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum has many exhibits about the atomic bomb incident.
Miyajima is a small island outside Hiroshima. It is well-known for the giant floating torii gate and is strongly believed to be the “home of God”.
Next the the torii gate, is one of the World Heritage Sites, the Itsukushima Shrine.
To reach Miyajima, you can take a train from Hiroshima station to Miyajimaguchi Station and then catch a ferry from the ferry bound.
Before entering the shrine, the same etiquettes mentioned in my previous post were repeated. (purifying etc.)
At the shrine, you can also buy a fortune-telling strip but the process is slightly different to the one in Kyoto.
- Pay 100yen
- Shake the box
- After a few seconds, remove one numbered stick from the box
- Take note of the number and put the stick back
- Go to the numbered drawers and take out the fortune paper from the drawer according to the number on your stick
- Can either keep the fortune paper or tie it on a pole.
There is also a shopping street on the island called “Omote Sando Shotengai”. From there you can buy souvenirs and snacks. The most popular snack is a maple leaf shaped cake called Momiji Manju. I didn’t buy one when I went but I heard that it’s pretty good, so try it if you get a chance!
ALSO~ there are DEERS on the island. DEERS!
They’re believed to be messengers of the god and you can literally see them everywhere on the island. SO CUTEEE!!
Finally, to end on a good (yummy) note. I DEFINITELY recommend trying the Hiroshima style Okonomiyaki. The local version is made by a thin layer of batter and a generous amount of toppings and YAKISOBA noodles. Was literally so DELICIOUS!
If you guys do try it, lemme know what you think!