Friday, October 23, 2015

Miyajima: Itsukushima Shrine, outside of Hiroshima in Japan


Miyajima Island is situated in less than an hour by train and ferry from Hiroshima downtown in Japan. It is highly recommended and a must to visit Miyajima Island when you visit the city of Hiroshima in Japan. 

Miyajima Island is famous for its historical island. Itsukushima Shrine has been recognized as one of the UNESCO attraction sites, is located, along with the Virgin Forest of Mt. Misen and numerous preserved shrines and temples.

Itsukushima Shrine is a famous shrine with floating torii gate. The torii gate is the boundary between the spirits and the human world. You should take two different pictures of Itsukushima Shrine in the morning and evening. You can get as close as possible to the torii gate during the low tide in the morning. As it is heading to the evening, the torii gate seems floating during the high tide. 

It is a day trip to Hiroshima and Miyajima Island for us, so we aren't able to stay long at Miyajima to take the picture of the "floating" torii gate. As we are running short of time at Miyajima Island, we aren't able to walk to the highest mountain of Mount Misen as well as visiting Daisho-in Temple, a Buddhist temple at the foot of Mount Misen. It will be a fun moments if we are able to stay an overnight at Miyajima Island in order to enjoy the nature along the walking trails to Mount Misen and experience the lifestyle with the locals there.

How to get to Miyajima Island?
Train / Tram Station : 
i)  Take JR Sanyo Line to Miyajimaguchi Station which takes 25 minutes                 
                                                                                OR
ii) Take tram line number 2 from central Hiroshima bound for Miyajimaguchi but it is slower than JR Sanyo Line which is a good experience for the first time visitor to Hiroshima. 
(Note: Once reaching Miyajimaguchi Station (either by JR Sanyo line or the tram), it is a short walk to the ferry pier, from where ferries depart frequently for Miyajima Island. It will be a 10 minutes ferry ride to Miyajima Island).
If you are running out of time in Hiroshima, you can opt for a speed boat from Hiroshima downtown nearby Hiroshima Peace Park which will take you directly to Miyajima Island but it is more expensive. A single trip costs 1,900yen per person while a round trip costs 3,400yen per person) each day.

It's cold and foggy after the rain from Hiroshima city to Miyajima Island for 30 minutes ferry ride in Japan
It's cold and foggy after the rain from Hiroshima city to Miyajima Island for 30 minutes ferry ride in Japan

Itsukushima Shrine can been seen during the ferry ride from Hiroshima to Miyajima Island in Japan
Itsukushima Shrine can been seen during the ferry ride from Hiroshima to Miyajima Island in Japan

Arriving at the ferry terminal at Miyajima Island from Hiroshima ferry port, an hour drive outside of the city in Japan
Arriving at the ferry terminal at Miyajima Island from Hiroshima ferry port, an hour drive outside of the city in Japan

Miyajima's welcome map at the ferry terminal in Japan
Miyajima's welcome map at the ferry terminal in Japan

Friendly deers roaming around Miyajima Island, outside of Hiroshima city in Japan
Friendly deers roaming around Miyajima Island, outside of Hiroshima city in Japan

Friendly town depends on selling food and souvenirs to visitors at Miyajima Island, outside of Hiroshima city in Japan
Friendly town depends on selling food and souvenirs to visitors at Miyajima Island, outside of Hiroshima city in Japan

Hello Kitty souvenir shop at Miyajima Island, outside of Hiroshima city in Japan
Hello Kitty souvenir shop at Miyajima Island, outside of Hiroshima city in Japan

It's a must to see the famous Itsukushima Shrine with floating torii gate at Miyajima Island in Japan
It's a must to see the famous Itsukushima Shrine with floating torii gate during the low tide at Miyajima Island in Japan

Senjokaku Hall is a large wooden hall built by Hideyoshi for the purpose of chanting Buddhist sutras for fallen soldiers at Miyajima Island in Japan
Senjokaku Hall is a large wooden hall built by Hideyoshi for the purpose of chanting Buddhist sutras for fallen soldiers at Miyajima Island in Japan

Walking under Senjokaku Hall to the 5 storied pagoda at Miyajima Island, an hour outside of Hiroshima city in Japan
Walking under Senjokaku Hall to the 5 storied pagoda at Miyajima Island, an hour outside of Hiroshima city in Japan

The height of the ceiling at the underneath of Senjokaku Hall is high to enable us to walk comfortably without bending our heads at Miyajima Island in Japan
The height of the ceiling at the underneath of Senjokaku Hall is high to enable us to walk comfortably without bending our heads at Miyajima Island in Japan

5 storied pagoda from the front view at Miyajima Island, outside of Hiroshima city in Japan
5 storied pagoda from the front view at Miyajima Island, outside of Hiroshima city in Japan

5 storied pagoda from the side view at Miyajima Island, outside of Hiroshima city in Japan
5 storied pagoda from the side view at Miyajima Island, outside of Hiroshima city in Japan

5 storied pagoda from bottom-up at Miyajima Island, outside of Hiroshima city in Japan
5 storied pagoda from bottom-up at Miyajima Island, outside of Hiroshima city in Japan

The overlooking of the town at Miyajima Island in Japan
The overlooking of the town at Miyajima Island in Japan

The alternative speed boat ride from Hiroshima city to Miyajima Island (either way) within 45 minutes if you have limited time at Hiroshima in Japan
The alternative speed boat ride from Hiroshima city to Miyajima Island (either way) within 45 minutes if you have limited time at Hiroshima in Japan


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  • Thursday, October 15, 2015

    Hiroshima: Peace Memorial Museum & A-Bomb Dome in Japan


    One will never understand the tragic pain that the innocent victims had gone through after the atomic bomb, if you never stop-by the historical areas in Hiroshima, Japan. We read the history of the World War II and Hiroshima bombing on 6th August 1945 but we didn't know how the massive effects of radioactive hit against thousands of innocent people until we watch the videos and see the photographs at Hiroshima's Peace Memorial Park and Museum. It is very painful and emotional for us to learn about how the Japanese people were suffering and went through after the nuclear bomb.

    On top of that, we are able to see the preserved A-Bomb Dome standing strong as today which is also known as the Hiroshima Peace Memorial. A-Bomb Dome is recognized as the UNESCO World Heritage Site as a tragic reminder of the world's history and not to repeat itself.
     
    How to get to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum?
    Tram Station : 
    Take tram line 2 or 6 to Genbaku-Domu Mae (原爆ドーム前) station from Hiroshima Station
    Opening Hours :  8:30am to 5pm 

                                (except 29th December to 1st January yearly)
    Entrance Fee   :  50 yen


    A-Bomb Dome along the river in Hiroshima, Japan
    A-Bomb Dome by the river in Hiroshima, Japan

    The old photo of Hiroshima Peace Memorial (Genbaku Dome) before the atomic bombing on 6th August 1945 in Hiroshima, Japan
    The old photo of Hiroshima Peace Memorial (Genbaku Dome) before the atomic bombing on 6th August 1945 in Hiroshima, Japan

    A close view of Hiroshima Peace Memorial (Genbaku Dome) or also known as A-Bomb Dome in Hiroshima, Japan
    A close view of Hiroshima Peace Memorial (Genbaku Dome) or also known as A-Bomb Dome in Hiroshima, Japan

    Hiroshima Memorial Monument contains the Register of Deceased of A-bomb victims with the inscription offers a prayer  to the victims in Japan
    Hiroshima Memorial Monument contains the Register of Deceased of A-bomb victims with the inscription offers a prayer  to the victims in Japan

    Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum in Japan
    Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum in Japan

    Feeling emotional while watching videos and looking at the pictures of how the radiation effects to the innocent victims of atomic bombing at Hiroshima Peace Museum in Japan
    Feeling emotional while watching videos and looking at the pictures of how the radiation effects to the innocent victims of atomic bombing at Hiroshima Peace Museum in Japan

    The massive effects of radiation on human bodies can be imagined from the models (before and after) atomic bombing at Nakajima area at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum in Japan
    The massive effects of radiation on human bodies can be imagined from the models (before and after) atomic bombing at Nakajima area at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum in Japan

    The replica of A-Bomb Dome at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum in Japan
    The replica of A-Bomb Dome at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum in Japan

    The massive effects of atomic bombing wiped out the whole hypocenter area (from the satellite photo) at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum Japan
    The massive effects of atomic bombing wiped out the whole hypocenter area (from the satellite photo) at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum Japan

    Looking out at Nakajima District (Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park) which was directly hit by the atomic bombing in Japan
    Looking out at Nakajima District (Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park) which was directly hit by the atomic bombing in JapanLooking out at Nakajima District (Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park) which was directly hit by the atomic bombing in Japan

    Children's Peace Monument is a monument to commemorate thousands of child victims who died of the atomic bombing in Hiroshima, Japan
    Children's Peace Monument is a monument to commemorate thousands of child victims who died of the atomic bombing in Hiroshima, Japan

    Thousands of origani cranes are offered around Children's Peace Monument to wish for world peace in Hiroshima, Japan
    Thousands of origani cranes are offered around Children's Peace Monument to wish for world peace in Hiroshima, Japan

    Atomic Bomb Memorial sites to all victims who died of atomic bombing on 6th August 1945 in Hiroshima, Japan
    Atomic Bomb Memorial sites to all victims who died of atomic bombing on 6th August 1945 in Hiroshima, Japan

    The photo of Nakajima District (Peace Memorial Park) was directly hit by the atomic bombing on 6th August 1945 in Hiroshima, Japan
    The photo of Nakajima District (Peace Memorial Park) was directly hit by the atomic bombing on 6th August 1945 in Hiroshima, Japan

    Bell of Peace is an inspiration of Hiroshima atomic bombing as to call for the world peace without war and nuclear arms in Japan
    Bell of Peace is an inspiration of Hiroshima atomic bombing as to call for the world peace without war and nuclear arms in Japan


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  • Tokyo Imperial Palace East Gardens
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  • Tokyo Station & Tokyo Tower, Japan
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