Ark Hotel Hiroshima Minami
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This morning we woke up to a slightly overcast but dry day. It was a pleasant surprise after the rain last night. We had a pretty full agenda planned for the day. Hiroshima Peace Park and Memorial in the morning and Miyajima Island in the afternoon. We left our hotel at about 8:30 am and had breakfast at McDonald's on Hondori Street. It was just a 5 minute walk to get to the Hiroshima Peace Park and Memorial. We visited the A-bomb Dome first, a poignant reminder of the tragedy ...
... out "Hello!" Sort of like "Punch Bug" I've spotted one. I looked up and perhaps had a sad look on my face but they were all smiling. It occurred to me that big Americans are probably sort of rare so I yelled back "Hello." At which point one or two yelled out "We love you." I was so stunned nothing came out of my mouth but I managed to clasp my hands and bow in an attempt to say "Thanks kids, I appreciate that." I don't know if their teachers have taught them how ...
... and festivals were created to make dredging out the sand much more exciting. One kindly security guard showed me some great angles for photos.
Before I saw Hiroshima though I went to a most magical island near where I was staying called Miyajima. It is an old worldly island with glorious temples and great look outs across the many islands in the Seto sea. Giant wooden gates greet your entry to the island, leading the way to ...
... weren't too many people out on the water at that point, but you can actually catch a small boat, or take a canoe trip around the waters of and beneath the Torri Gate. There was one small boat out on the water.
Behind the gate sits the actual shrine - which on this day was again packed with schoolchildren. The architecture of the shrine was quite beautiful, but with so many people and no real explanations available, it was difficult to understand ...
... your breath away with their beauty. We made our way to the ancient Gion Shidare-zakura, a massive cherry blossom tree that is the most famous in Kyoto. We walked through the park admiring the blossoms and temples before returning to the food stands for some lunch. We opted for sweet potatoes and grilled corn, delicious.
With sometime still to view some beauty, we made our way to the Kyoto Imperial Palace. We decided to walk and did not regret it. We found ...