We were in Hiroshima briefly, just about five hours. We just visited the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park. It certainly gave me the chills. I felt sadness and disbelief. The complex features the Genbaku Dome, that is the only building that is still standing after the bomb. They chose to leave like it was as a reminder of the dead.
There is also a Children Peace Memorial. It features thousands of origami paper cranes in honor of a little girl named Sadako that died from radiation exposure. She believed that she would get better if she made 1000 paper cranes. Sadly she died before completing them.
There are many other memorials for specific groups and finally the Museum. The museum features the before and after of Hiroshima, and lots of personal objects that were recovered after the bomb. A must see.
^ On our way to Hiroshima
^ A light snack
^ Genbaku Dome
^ Walking through the Memorial Park. The far away building is the Museum
^ Colorful paper cranes at the Children Memorial
Oh Miyajima! My favorite place! It is a tiny island close to Hiroshima. You have to take a ferry to get there. It has deers, tiny streets, lots of cute shops, an amazing temple, a mountain, lovely hotels and delicious food. The perfect place for a honeymoon.
^ While Mr. WV was calling to our hotel for a pick up, a deer ate his suitcase tag and ran away!
^ World’s largest rice scoop
^ Our Ryokan room. Loved it.
^ Matcha and black sesame ice creams. The black sesame one is the most delicious thing ever. We bought more.
^ Torii gate
The water that surrounds the temple disappears around noon.
^ Inside the shrine
^ The view from the top of the mountain.
^ Some green tea mushy thing filled with sweet beans
^ Soooo tasty!
I definitely recommend visiting Miyajima if you can, you won’t regret it!