Trip to Hiroshima 2 : Itsukushima


広島&シサイ 033      Next day (About the previous day’s trip is here :!1D0F2197A6F55843!4034.entry), Aya, Naka and I went to Itsukushima, which is commonly known as Miyajima. It’s an island located in the northwest of Hiroshima Bay. The island is one of Three Views of Japan, and is famous for a UNESCO World Heritage Site of Itsukushima Jinja Shrine. The shrine is on the surface of the sea and is very beautiful. 広島&シサイ 034

     The island itself used to be worshipped and a shrine existed at least 1,400 years ago. The beautiful symmetrical shrine was established in 1168. I’d wanted to go there for a long time. I remembered getting excited when I saw the red gate far away from the ship…広島&シサイ 035

     There were many deer in the island, and they welcomed tourists. Those deer in the island are considered messengers of God. Some deer, however, looked like robberies…In fact, it has been reported recently that many tourists, especially elderly people, have got injured by their attack unfortunately…But most of them appeared to move through days leisurely… 広島&シサイ 036

     The shrine was really beautiful. I’m sorry, but I cannot express how wonderful it is…If you have never been there and have got interested in the shrine, you should go there once! I’d love to go to the island again soon!広島&シサイ 039

     I was very impressed to visit there even in the winter this time, but I would have got moved to tears if I had been there in the fall. The island is famous for the beautiful autumn colors of the maple trees. That is why many shops sell sweets maple-leaf-shaped cake called “momiji-manju”. You can eat smoking hot ones in the island. 広島&シサイ 052

     We had oysters and eels for lunch because they are Hiroshima’s specialties. They were delicious! I saw many interesting, historical, and beautiful things and tasted many delicious local foods on the trip. I was very happy to visit Kure and Miyajima this time. Naka and I were going home relaxing after saying goodbye to Aya that evening, but we didn’t have it so easily…広島&シサイ 054

     The Shink we were in stopped running in Osaka because of an accident in Kanagawa. The power broke down because a train had cut the wire and it had caused a fire. About 150,000 people were affected by the accident. And I was one of them. All passengers had to get off the train there. 広島&シサイ 055

     Luckily trains began running while Naka and I were wondering how to go back to Nagoya in Osaka. But it was really crowded in Nozomi with many people in a hurry. So we decided to use Kodama, with which it took much time than Nozomi because it stops at every station, instead of jammed Nozomi. It was quite comfortable to ride in the train fortunately. The trip to Hiroshima was wonderful!


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