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// OCTOBER 2014
To Tokyo and even further...
Narita
Nikko
Nagoya
Ise
Hiroshima
Yoshino
Koya
Osaka
Kyoto
Yokohama
Tokyo
Nara
Kamakura
Seoul
Tokyo
Narita
Nagano
Joetsu
Inawashiro
Shirakawa
Itsukushima
Imabari
Niihama
Sakaide
Onomichi
Yoshima Island
Ako

Hiroshima
 

30th of October 2014
Hiroshima
. A city, a history!

Early in the morning we started our journey to Hiroshima. On the way, we passed from Kobe and Himeji Castle.



We reach to the point where we have to take the ferry boat and cross the sea from the Miyajimagushi port to the Itsukushima sanctuary, so as to see the famous Miyajima Torii Gate.

The heavily and dramatically marked by human history Torii Gate of Itsukushima Shrine is one of the most popular touristic sights of Japan and the most recognizable and famous characteristic spot of the Itsukushima sanctuary, listed as a monument of Universal Heritage by Unesco. Torii, when the tide is rising seems to be floating in the water. When the tide is falling it is accessible on foot from the island.



While waiting for the ferry at the port, we see a big group of students who are also going to get abroad, looking forwards to a guided tour in the sanctuary. I was extremely impressed by the children’s almost military discipline, while they were waiting for the boat to come. They were composed and quiet all along, they didn’t leave the queue not even for one moment and their respectful attitude towards the people who were responsible for their journey was remarkable.

We reach to the sacred area along with many other people and start walking from the deck towards Torii. We saw the sacred fawns wondering around freely. We were going to see them again in Nara.
 




Before leaving, we walked around the island for a while. Oyster food is very popular amongst the locals.





Reaching at the city of Hiroshima, we saw the only building that has survived the atomic bomb, or more precisely the concrete dome and the framework of the building which was supporting it. Before the explosion, that was the building which was hosting the “Commercial Exhibition of the district of Hiroshima”. The dome still exists in our days, exactly as it had remained after the bombing and has been characterized as Monument of Universal Heritage of UNESCO. We stood there ecstatic, while watching the dramatic monument of one of the most important moments in human history. How strange really… The use of weapons of mash destruction, with such horrific consequences, stirs, even up to our days, many question marks, disagreements and arguments in a global level. The particular attack has been often mentioned as crime against humanity, but nevertheless it has become part of the daily routine of the habitants and it doesn’t really affect their lives. Around us, the people kept driving their cars, kept walking in the streets, while we were watching, listening, sensing really, as in slow motion, the intensity of the moment and the unique experience we were living.  

 




Returning back to the 20th century, we went to Grand Prince Hotel Hiroshima, in which we were going to stay. It is built at a very special and beautiful spot and the view from the top floor’s bar is absolutely magical.    

Country: Japan
Date: 2014
Route: Japan - S. Korea
Cities: Narita, Nikko, Nagoya, Ise, Hiroshima, Yoshino, Koya, Osaka, Kyoto, Yokohama, Tokyo, Nara, Kamakura, Seoul, Tokyo
Duration: 15
Cost:
Population: 126.311.000
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Country: Japan
Date: 2014
Route: Japan - S. Korea
Cities: Narita, Nikko, Nagoya, Ise, Hiroshima, Yoshino, Koya, Osaka, Kyoto, Yokohama, Tokyo, Nara, Kamakura, Seoul, Tokyo
Duration: 15
Cost:
Population: 126.311.000
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Country: Japan
Date: 2014
Route: Japan - S. Korea
Cities: Narita, Nikko, Nagoya, Ise, Hiroshima, Yoshino, Koya, Osaka, Kyoto, Yokohama, Tokyo, Nara, Kamakura, Seoul, Tokyo
Duration: 15 days
Cost:
Population: 126.311.000
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