today was our planned day-trip to miyajima and hiroshima.
first was miyajima because we were most interested in the famous "floating torii gate" and high tide was at 11:20am, so we had to be there close to that time! we took the 75 minute bullet train to the hiroshima station, then hopped on another train for 25 minutes to get to the miyajima area, THEN got onto a ferry to get to miyajima island :)
on the ferry heading over!
i had to use a bathroom like this!!!
on the island, it was very pretty
and these guys were everywhere!
i mean REALLY everywhere
but what we were really here for...
...was this :) it was so gorgeous!
this was on the walkway to get a better view of the floating torii
part of the walkway
there it is!
pretty cool :)
walked around the area a bit before heading to hiroshima
and got some pork yakitori!
took this one on our way out. i'm in looooove!
at the hiroshima station
this is the a-bomb dome. they kept it in it's original condition after the a-bomb
this is part of the peace park right by the a-bomb dome
loooooots of paper cranes! way more than the 1,200 i folded!
ida, you will love these! hehe ;)
i like the comparison between the new re-built buildings and the a-bomb dome
more cranes as you get closer to the hiroshima museum
people adding more cranes
right in front of the hiroshima peace memorial museum
a model showing before the a-bomb...
...and after :(
actual cranes sadako sasaki folded
leaving the museum
it was really interesting to view everything in there even though it was sad. actual pieces of clothing, and other pieces they have saved like rooftop shingles welded together and melted glass bottles were some of the items they had for you to look at.
after the long trip back to our hotel, we were hungry so we got dinner and some coffee!
i guess the studio ghibli museum isn't the only one to make adorable coffee!!! erik got a green tea latte, and i got an almond latte. YUM!
tonight is sadly our last night in this fabulous hotel. we're heading to osaka tomorrow (15 min away on the bullet train) because the hotel there was super cheap (but also is going to be super tiny, and not nearly as nice haha). we will miss you, crowne plaza kobe!!!!!!!!!!!! you were great to us.