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April 12th 2007
Published: April 12th 2007
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Floating Torii ...  Floating Torii ...  Floating Torii ...

Which is actually floating, not surrounded by mud!
Day 15...

(How cool will it be when that says day 389...)

This morning we went over to the Peace Park in Hiroshima where we saw the A-bomb Dome, left as a reminder of the effects of nuclear war and the Peace Bell which we rang. We spent the rest of the morning wandering around the Peace Memorial Museum which told the story of pre, during and post the A-bomb drop. This is a really well put together museum and well worth a visit even if you leave feeling a bit sad.

After picking up our bags, a tram and a train later we were on the ferry to the island of Miyajima. Stepping onto dry land we immediately got some light relief from a thought provoking mornning as we saw the many deer wandering the streets of Miyajima and chasing after people to get their food! This was hilarious until we sat down for lunch where we attracted quite a crowd! One was even hungry enough to bite the end off Chrissie's chopsticks and try to eat her jumper! Beasts!

We were lucky enough for the tide to be in on what is considered to be one of Japan's top three views - the floating Torii that is made famous in hundreds of tour brochures. Apparently this is usually surrounded by mud rather then water so we were chuffed that the sea behaved for us to see it in all it's glory.

We spent the rest of the time on Miyajima wandering around the pretty streets and were sad that we wouldn't have time to head up to the top of the island on the cable car (or ropeway in Japan) - we'd definitely like to come back here one day and spend some more time looking around.

We caught the train back to Hiroshima before spending the rest of the day travelling down to our next hostel in Yufuin on the southern island of Kyushu. Arriving around 8.30pm and knowing that there were very few buses a day to where we were going, we jumped in a taxi which was worth its weight in gold. On arrival we were taken out around the area to check out the lights and stars by the hostel owner. We then finished a jam-packed day with our very first real onsen (hot spring bath) at the hostel before heading to bed.

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Paper cranes ... Paper cranes ...
Paper cranes ...

Some of the 1000s of paper cranes at the childrens memorial in the peace park

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