Kyushu, Day 2: Hiroshima City

We walked going to Hiroshima’s Peace Memorial Park after our late lunch. This park was established near the hypocenter of the atomic bomb dropped in 1945.

MARCH 5, 2020

When we got back to the city center of Hiroshima, we went to SENMON KING KEN. This shop is famous for its shiru nashi tantanmen (soupless tantanmen).

We ordered the smallest size of shiru nashi tantanmen (¥630) since we were still full from our brunch in Miyajima. The dish looked simple but it was packed with meaty and spicy flavors. The taste was not close to tantanmen but not a negative for me.

We walked going to HIROSHIMA’S PEACE MEMORIAL PARK after our late lunch. This park was established near the hypocenter of the atomic bomb dropped in 1945. Before the bombing, this area was the political and commercial heart of the city.

The Peace Memorial Museum was, unfortunately, closed due to COVID-19. Near the museum was the Cenotaph for A-Bomb Victims, an arch structure dedicated for those who died because of the bomb – either due to the initial blast or radiation exposure.

Walking a bit more and we saw the Flame of Peace, a symbol of the citizens’ desire for a world free from nuclear weapons. It is said that the flame will burn up until the day when all nuclear weapons have disappeared.

Some more memorials we encountered before reaching A-Bomb Dome…

Our last stop in the park was the Atomic Bomb Dome, the remains of the former Prefectural Industrial Promotion Hall. This is one of the few buildings that remained standing after the bombing. A-Bomb Dome is a UNESCO World Heritage Site as it serves to be a tangible memory to the tragic event in Hiroshima.

We visited HIROSHIMA CASTLE afterwards but we can only see the outside as the operating hours were affected due to COVID-19 as well.

Before going back to Fukuoka, we had to eat the famous Hiroshima okonomiyaki at NAGATAYA. We ordered their bestseller (¥1,380) and had the egg cooked instead of raw (my sister doesn’t like it). Good thing we shared one order because the serving size was generous. Highly recommend this!

Kyushu, Day 2: Miyajima

Our first stop was Miyajima. The train from Hiroshima to Miyajimaguchi and ferry going to Miyajima were free because we had the JR Pass.

MARCH 5, 2020

We bought a 7-day JR pass as we went around the Kyushu region for the next few days. So for our first use, we went to Hiroshima using this pass and boarding a shinkansen. Our first stop was Miyajima. The train from Hiroshima to Miyajimaguchi and ferry going to Miyajima were free because we had the JR Pass.

The weather was a bit gloomy as we experienced a bit of drizzle and there was fog in some parts. We visited ITSUKUSHIMA SHRINE (¥300) first and we were surprised to see a few deer around.

Prior to our flight to Japan, I already read that the famous otorii was under restoration so no surprise that we saw this…

Itsukushima Shrine is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and located in a small inlet. Upon entering, the path is linear so you will not get lost. The path in front of Takabutai (elevated stage) has the best view of the otorii! And most likely, the sunset as well. The shrine and otorii are illuminated everyday after sunset until 23:00.

Here was our view near the Takabutai…

Explored a bit more of the shrine…

After going out of the shrine, we went to Omotesando to eat brunch. I was dead set in eating at KAKIYA, famous for its plump Miyajima oysters. The place was a bit difficult to find because they had no English sign but Google Maps location was on point.

My sister and I got the Normal Kakiya Set (¥2,150) to share and I ordered a plate of raw oysters (¥900) for myself.

Kakiya did not disappoint! It was my first time to see such big and plump oysters. Getting to taste these oysters served in different styles was also a plus point for me. For the set that we ordered, we had barbecued oysters, simmered oysters on rice, fried oysters, oiled oysters, red miso oyster soup, and cabbage with their original oyster dressing. Sobrang sulit!

For dessert, we went back to the stall that we passed by (still in Omotesando) which was selling momiji croissant (¥200). It was crispy and not too sweet hence the perfect dessert for me! ❤

Before going back to the ferry station, we visited MOMIJIDANI KOEN – famous for its maple trees during autumn. We just took a quick look as we were pressed for time but there is a cable car near the park which can take you at the top of Mount Misen.

That’s it for Miyajima. Next entry will be on Hiroshima City!