I was excited about My first time catching Shinkansen. I didn't reserve my seat, thought about I didn't know how early I can make it at ShinOsaka station, and I didn't expect many people travelling in the early Saturday morning. Again, I underestimated amount of people in Osaka
. It's around 7am I have arrived at Shin-Osaka station. It took me another few minutes to find out the right platform to the destination. There're already a few people in the line awaiting for the Nozomi to be arrived. When I got in the non-reserved carriage, it's all packed. Finger crossed and hoped I didn't have to stand all the way from there to Hiroshima
, then I would probably have not much energy for my exploration.
Fortunately, someone sat next to me get off at Okayama
station, which is already about half way. At least I can take a rest. The thing about getting a non-reserved seat for long distance travel, you have to keep some clothes/staff to save the seat when you need to go to the restroom, and hopefully somebody else won't take it. They have headline news in Japanese display in Shinkansen, and English announcement after Japanese announment about what next stop is and the time approaching each stop. I guess in that case, Japanese people or people who understand Japanese well have more time to prepare than people don't know Japanese very well, because they heard the announcement first. People like me have to hurry up after hearing the English announcement otherwise will miss the stop.
Originally I only plan to go to Hiroshima, but lots of people recommend Miyajima
, so I decided to visit Miyajima first. I think for major sightseeing, one whole day is enough for those 2 places if you have map and know where you're going. But if you have shopping included, one day is definitely not enough. That's why I came back to Hiroshima again in the later days. I missed Hiroshima castle on my first visit. Unfortunately I missed it again on my second visit because of raining day and I went to the wrong direction for almost an hour walk. Until I see the street map have only Japanese and no English attached, I realize I walked to some suburban or rural area not tourist spot. It's easier to just take HiroDen(the street car) to the major tourist spots. But sometimes I prefer to walk around. Miyajima is beautiful peaceful island, some deers rest under the tree quietly. I thought they're the fake one at first, only realize they're the real ones when childrens came to pet them. I spent half day in Miyajima, hiking around the island and park, bypassing Itsukushima shrine. Found quiet lot of interesting local food stalls. I had a bite of grilled oyster, fried oyster and leaf shape like fish cake, leaf shape of sweets, bamboo skewed fish roll. Didn't have time to experience cablecar, I bought some souvenirs from colour gift shops along the way back.