広島 Hiroshima Part II

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itsukushima jinja
The next day, we embarked on a trip to the island known as 宮島 miyajima. It is a couple kilometers from the city in the bay, and is quite beautiful - perfect for a day trip. It is famous for the floating torii or gate. It is also famous for its alarming number of deer, which love to chase tourists around the island for food. Odd combination.

We took a ferry boat (of course, the ferries are owned and run by JR - Japan Rail) over to the island and were free to wander the island. We visited 厳島神社 itsukushima jinja, a pier-like constructed shrine that sits on the shore. After taking several photos in front of the floating torii, we took a cable car up the mountain to the peak where we were met with breath-taking views of the surrounding island chain and mainland.
me and the floating torii
Perhaps one of the highlights of the entire trip was this peaceful trip to the top of the mountain, and luckily, it had stopped raining.

Some of us explored the rest of the town at the base of the mountain in search of かき kaki or oysters for lunch. Hiroshima is famous for them and we had to try them. We found a proper looking restaurant, with a flood of people coming out the door, waiting to get a table and try some of the famous oysters, both baked and raw. It was a long wait, but well worth it. Easily the best oysters I've ever had....although, maybe that's not saying much as I don't really eat oysters regularly. But they were good.

Our stomachs full and our bodies becoming induced by food coma, we met up with the group and took the ferry back to the mainland where we then proceeded to take the bus back to the trainstation, where we finally boarded our bullet train home. It was a long weekend, but it was cultural, educational, delicious, and fun. I forgot to mention, we all caught the flu sometime over the weekend and paid for it the following week. :P
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itsukushima jinja
itsukushima jinja
me and the floating torii
me and the floating torii
JR runs and operates the ferries. …
JR runs and operates the ferries.…
the floating torii.
the floating torii.
the floating torii.
the floating torii.
all of us and the floating torii
all of us and the floating torii
5-story pagoda
5-story pagoda
a view from the cable car
a view from the cable car
from the top
from the top
we were supposed to see monkeys...…
we were supposed to see monkeys..…
dont feed the deer. but you can d…
don't feed the deer. but you can …
there were these cool spy-glass ty…
there were these cool spy-glass t…
all of the stands served oysters!
all of the stands served oysters!
jizo statues.
jizo statues.
leaving Hiroshima via Shinkansen
leaving Hiroshima via Shinkansen
hayashis, waiting in line for oys…
hayashi's, waiting in line for oy…
the meal before hand...
the meal before hand...
the meal after....
the meal after....
frying up the oysters
frying up the oysters
3,825 km (2,377 miles) traveled
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