Planning Part Five – Hiroshima, Miyajima Island and Mt. Fuji

21 Jan


It will only be a quick visit to Hiroshima, Miyajima Island and Mt. Fuji, staying 2 days at Hiroshima and Miyajima Island and dropping in on Mt. Fuji on the way back to Tokyo.

I think the main things I want to see in these places are:

  • The Peace Memorial Museum and Park – dedicated to the legacy of Hiroshima as the first city in the world to suffer a nuclear attack, and to the memories of the bomb’s direct and indirect victims.
  • Hiroshima Castle –  Originally constructed in the 1590s, the castle was destroyed in the atomic bombing in 1945.
  • Hiroshima Museum of Art (Hirosima Bijutsukan) at  Hiroshima Central Park
  • Itsukushima – aka Miyajima Island
  • Shukkei-en – historic Japanese garden
  • Hiroshima City Museum of History and Traditional Crafts – maybe I can learn something here?!
  • Children’s Peace Monument – if you haven’t read the story of  Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes you must read it!
  • Mitaki Temple – it’s a 20 minute up hill walk but it will be winter so should be easy!
  • Shimizu Gekijo Theater – could be fun

I’m pretty sure I’ll end up crying when I see the Peace Park/Museum and Atomic Bomb Dome.

Again, if you know of any other places I should make time to see. Let me know

Hannah x



4 Responses to “Planning Part Five – Hiroshima, Miyajima Island and Mt. Fuji”

  1. Z January 22, 2013 at 4:02 am #

    I’ve been to Hiroshima back in October. Those are all very good choices, especially Miyajima :). I don’t have any new recommendations but I do recommend allotting one entire day to just Miyajima. There is just way too much to see and do there that any time less than a day is not enough. Hike up to the top of Mt. Misen and you’ll be rewarded with some of the finest sceneries of Japan. Be sure to also try freshly baked momiji manju there as well. There is a wooden little shop on the corner of the street right outside the entrance to the port when you arrive on Miyajima. They have the best ones that I have tried. Most shops will start closing around 5-6 PM so keep that in mind if you want to shop for gifts or meals.

    The peace memorial museum, peace park, Genbaku Dome, children monument are all in the same area and Hiroshima Castle is not too far away (maybe 20 minutes by foot) so those are all doable in one day. Happy planning!

    • hannabealla January 22, 2013 at 12:27 pm #

      Thank you again for your advice 🙂
      I will have a look at Mt. Misen. How much time should I set aside for the hike?
      Momiji manju actually sounds really nice. Can’t wait to try them!

      • Z January 23, 2013 at 3:26 am #

        There are a few routes you can take to hike up to Mt. Misen. And they all leads to different shrines and temples along the way so there is stuff to check out other than just hiking. I would say about 2ish some hours up and maybe about 90 minutes to get down? Of course you can also take the ropeway ride which will cut down your hike time significantly but it’s expensive.

      • hannabealla January 25, 2013 at 2:33 am #

        Hiking definately sounds like the way to go. I’ll be so fit when I come back home 😀

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