Friday, April 3, 2015

Hiroshima and Miyajima

So I was a bit lazy yesterday and didn't write any blog but today will be about the only two days we had in Hiroshima.
Yesterday we after arriving and checking in to our J-hoppers hostel we didn't waste any time and went straight to the Atomic bomb dome, the peace park and the memorial museum.
The weather was really lovely and the cherry blossoms are in full bloom over here.
   I didn't know that the dome and museum was undergoing some restorations so it was a bit sad that we only got see the main exhibition at the museum. But as always it was really impressive and it always leaves you silent afterwards.

From there we walked the shopping district for quite a while and finally made our way to my favorite place: Okonomimura. There we went to eat Okonomiyaki "pancakes". The smell was mouthwatering and it was very entertaining to watch it being prepared in front of you. We struck up a conversation with some of the patrons of the shop and had a good time alongside the delicious meal.

From there we walked to the peace park to have a couple of drinks and to watch the sakuras since they were just SO beautiful!

Today we woke to a rainy weather which was a bit depressing since we only had two days in Hiroshima and today we were going to Miyajima. Well the weather may not have been the most optimal, but the scenery was just as great. The only thing that really bothered was just the wetness and the puddles on the ground. We walked to the Itsukushima shrine  and patted some deer on the way.
They were totally soaked so it was a bit like patting a wet dog, not so pleasant though cute.

The surrounding nature was very beautiful and the cherry trees against a mountainy background was really something to see. The mountains were clad in clouds and looked just so amazing. It is sad that we in Finland don't have so many mountains.

After we started to get wet we started to leave back to the hostel since we were not in the mood to do anything else this day anymore. Tomorrow we will go to Tokyo and to the Tokyo Youtube Hanami!
Looking forward to that!

Cheers
Robert