Monday, September 8, 2008

Visiting Hiroshima (広島) - Part 1

Hiroshima Airport

The train station and the airport

I was fortunate enough to get a chance to visit Hiroshima last weekend. The weather was great and I had a wonderful pair of guides to show me around the city.

I will try to do this in 4 parts:

  1. Getting to Hiroshima
  2. Hiroshima Memorial Museum
  3. Nagarukawa Street, Hiroshima Castle
  4. Miyajima Island (宮島)

The Memorial Museum/Park and Miyajima Island with its famous shrine are both UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Getting to Hiroshima from Tokyo is pretty simple. There basically two main options for those who do not want to drive for 6-7 hours: The bullet train (新幹線/Shinkansen) or a local flight using ANA or JAL. The train is not always cheaper so it makes sense to check beforehand. In my case the plane was actually cheaper - go figure...

The Hiroshima Airport is a bit outside the city center (which is one thing the bullet train has going for it - it goes directly to the city center) but there are busses that can take you to the main train terminal for about ¥1300 (about $11 as of now).  The trip takes about 40 minutes and there are machines at the airport that sell tickets.

The trip from the airport to the city is pretty nice with a lot of green flanking the highway, dotted here and there with houses with big gardens. So unlike Tokyo. Hiroshima in general is pretty different anyway - a much more relaxed atmosphere compared to the hustle and bustle of Tokyo.

Well, tomorrow onto the Memorial Museum and the Memorial Park...

PS  From now on I will be using Windows Live Writer to blog. It seems much more efficient than using the Web interface of Blogger. Oh and it is much easier to put in a map this way :)

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