Hiroshima A-Bomb Dome, Miyajima Island, etc.

Trip Start Apr 02, 2006
Trip End May 17, 2008

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Flag of Japan  , Chugoku,
Sunday, April 2, 2006

It was the first travel since I came back from Southeast Asia. Hiroshima has two UNESCO's World Cultural Heritage Sites and it's absolutely one of the best tourist attractions of Japan. I planed the travel for my mother's birthday.  On the first day, we visited A-Bomb Dome and Peace Memorial Park. We took a tram from Hiroshima Station to the dome. It was comparatively crowded even on a weekday. A-Bomb Dome was one of the 14 World Heritage Sites of Japan, but it took the least time to appreciate the dome, because you can't enter the site. Peace Memorial Park was too large to see everything, but Peace Memorial Museum was a must-see. The entrance fee was only JPY 50 (USD 0.5), not free, but very cheap, although the displays were great to show how scary the atomic bomb was. Peace Memorial Hall was less interesting, even if it was an important building. It was similar to the remenbrances of overseas. After that, we headed for Hiroshima Castle. It was a wooden restored architecture with an interesting appearance, but we didn't enter the castle.

Peace Memorial Museum Official Website
It has plenty of information. I would respect those who have read all the information there... I understand the passion of its creator for this website, but it may have too much information included and, in my opinion, it's better to make it simpler. 
Itsukushima, or Miyajima, is another World Heritage Site. It is famous for the Red Torii Gate in the sea, which is 16 meters high. I heard that it was accessible at low tide, although we visited there at high tide. Itsukushima was chosen as one of the top three views of Japan. (The other two views are at Amanohashidate and Matsushima.) I didn't know why there were some deer in front of the ferry port. Anyway, the red main building was beautiful with a Noh performance stage, which reminds Japanese people of a period drama scene. The island is also famous for rice paddle and there was a large rice paddle displayed on a street. A lot of domestic and international tourists were strolling around the island. I was asked to take a photo of a couple from overseas in broken Japanese. However, because I talked to them in English, they looked surprised to meet a English-speaking Japanese. Daishoin temple was another attraction in the island. You can find a lot of interesting statues like Anpanman, a Japanese anime hero, and spinning wheels of sutra, which bring you the same benefits as you get by reading the sutra, when you spin them.

Miyajima Attractions video on Visit Japan Channel
It is a bit lengthy with no narration. Still, it covers the outline of all the attractions of Miyajima.

Atomic Bomb Dome Video
The video from Japan-in-Motion simply describe the Atomic Bomb Dome.
Instant Devastation: Hiroshima Peace Memorial (Genbaku Dome) Video
The 3-D images show the A-Bomb Dome structure and how it was demolished by the atomic bomb. Amazingly, it is said that the bomb destroyed the city in 10 seconds.
The Magnificent Floating Shrine: Itsukushima Shinto Shrine Video
I feel like going back to the shrine, when the tide is out. 
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