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Unfortunately U2 U2's instructions for "How To Dismantle an Atomic Bomb" came 59 years too late.
You have to love the fast trains here, no delay at check in, just run into the station, flash the ticket and hop on a train. And so fast and smooth ….. it wasn't long before we were checking into our next ryokan; this one a little more …
... though. Nukes suck. After being bummed the hell out, I walked around Hiroshima for some other sights. Hiroshima castle was okay. Inreally liked the garden I kind of stumbled upon though. Such a pretty place in an ugly city as Hiroshima. I took a long slow stroll around the garden, watching the koi in the water trying to catch bugs above the water ...
... at the top of the mountains.
Exiting the ferry, we largely stayed out of the way of the majority of people who rushed through the ferry terminal and onto the island. As was the case last time we were here, there were a few deer situated just outside of the ferry terminal, and I wouldn't mind betting that those are the most photographed couple of deer on the planet.
Everyone who filed out of the terminal took photos ...
The common name of the shrine is Senjokaku. In Japanese it means, "pavilion of 1000 mats". Apparently it's name refers to the fact that it is the size of 1000 Japanese tatami mats. Right across from the Senjokaku is a 5-story pagoda.
I tour the pagoda but only take photos of the shrine from the shore. The reason I wanted to make the trip was to see the 'floating tori'. It's ranked as one of Japan's three best views and is what the island is ...
... as if it floating on the water. Alas we are there at low tide and do not get to see this miraculous vision and have to settle for being able to walk out on the tidal flats to the foot of the gate. The shrine itself is built on pylons and looks a bit like a pier with fancy buildings on top.
There is a village on the island. Also there are tame deer wandering all over the place, frolicking about and annoying the visitors. After visiting the ...
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