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Hiroshima & Miyajima Island

Travelling during Golden Week in Japan

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The O-Torii gate of the Itsukushima Shine, on Miyajima Island, is said to be most impressive at sunset, when the tide is in. I can attest that it is still majestic when the sun is obscured by cloud and a crowd has gathered at the base of the gate, taunting the tide to come in.
We are travelling in Japan during ‘Golden Week,’ a collection of four national holidays that occur within seven days. Throw in a couple of well placed weekends and you have a recipe for one of Japan’s busiest holiday seasons. Accommodation gets booked well in advance and at a premium. Sightseeing spots are crammed with tourists and trains and airports are busy.

This explains why there is a throng gathered around the base of the O-Torii Gate (in the photo) and why we are staying at a ryokan on Miyajima Island, which is a little off of the beaten path from Hiroshima.
We, of course, made the train trip into Hiroshima to see the Peace Memorial Museum and the Peace Dome. The dome is the last remaining ruin of the atomic bomb blast that devastated Hiroshima in August of 1945. The museum brings to life the horrors in the aftermath of a nuclear blast, yet holds out hope that history has taught humanity that nuclear weapons should never be used again.

Posted by WayWayFar 05:51 Archived in Japan

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