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    • Day 9

      Hiroshima Toshogu Shrine

      January 18, 2020 in Japan ⋅ ⛅ 9 °C

      The weather is a lovely 15* today (compared to the lows of 6 the previous few days), so I’ve decided to take this afternoon to complete the shrine hike up the mountain behind the Hiroshima Toshogu Shrine. This 4KM hike snakes up the mountain and ends at the peace pagoda.

      On the walk back down I met 4 English speaking tour guides who were plotting a new tour up the mountain hike. They invited me to a Japanese tea ceremony on the side of the mountain and even taught me calligraphy with proper ink and brush- was a fantastic experience!
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    • Day 13

      Kabe and Kintaikyo Bridge

      October 2, 2023 in Japan ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

      Something a little different today. Initially thwarted by train delays to Iwakuni. Something unexpected here. We just reversed our plan. We Kabe first. Not sure if we found the old style streetscape or not. We did discovered narrow streets lined with plants outside the houses. At Iwakuni there was 20 minute bus ride to Kintaikyo Bridge. The original was built in 1673. It was destroyed in 1950 by a typhoon. Rebuilt in 1953. Every 20 years each arch is replaced. Kagawa built this structure in 1690 as personal residence.Read more

    • Day 9

      Hiroshima 2

      March 24, 2018 in Japan ⋅ ⛅ 6 °C

      This day we just slept without alarm to get some rest and until everyone was ready it was 12 o’clock. So we just went directly to the typical fast food chain Nakau to have a chick lunch. We all got the lunch menu consisting of a miso soup and a bowl of rice with some sauce made with soy and egg and shared some fried chicken. It’s very cool in Japan that you always get cold water and even green tea for free :-)
      Today‘s plan was to walk the Futabanosato a trail through northeastern Hiroshima with 16 temples and shrines along the way. It already started quite spectacular with the big Fudō-In temple which was very peaceful with almost no people around. Since we didn’t find a real map of the path we had to plan it a little ourselves and of course soon got lost in a small forest with steep winding paths. But we also found the way out quickly and even saw some old graves inside! The path we walked was actually quite beautiful. Even though mostly through the city it went a little away from the big roads and the antithesis of the modern city buildings and the many small shrines and temples is quite impressive. So far we’re incredibly lucky with the weather and this day was again nicely sunny and warm enough for shorts :D The good weather also increases the growth of the cherry blossoms and we took a beautiful path along the river surrounded by cherry trees starting to open their buds where we also saw the first preparations for the Sakura festival!
      Today in the evening Claudi’s parents were supposed to land in Osaka and we planned to take the Shinkansen - a super fast train - so that Claudi could pick them up. And of course we were running a little out of time and had to shorten the path s little by climbing the small hill on a steep path through the forest to the peace pagoda which looks like a huge metal bell and can be seen from almost everywhere in the city. Up there we also had a great view on the city of Hiroshima.
      On the way down we saw huge cemetery carved with steps into the mountain and found another big shrine that connects the top of the hill with a way enclosed by many many red Torii! And also the shrine with it’s wood painted in red and white and the location at the foot of the hill and its big flight of stairs with an impressive sight!
      But leaving from there we really had to run for our train and our luggage which we left at the hotel.
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