Our latest adventures took us to Iwakuni, Miyajima Island and Hiroshima. This was a scheduled tour through the base and included a very long bus ride there and back.
We left around 10:00 pm and arrived around 8:00 am, yep all night drive. No, we didn’t get much sleep but we pushed through and really enjoyed the rather whirlwind trip as much as possible.
Caves are Cool
We stopped at a very cool cave which was pretty dark inside (duh) so I don’t have interior photos. I didn’t want to be that irritating tourist flashing a camera shot in the awesome cave. It was a great way to stretch our legs and enjoy some nature after being cooped up in a bus all night.
Pretty impressive and the water is so clear and beautiful. We walked across it then up to the cable car to the top of the hill and Iwakuni Castle. Which, oddly I didn’t take photos of but we enjoyed the walk to it.
Then we were off to Hiroshima:
The view from our hotel room, not too shabby. The next morning we enjoyed a huge buffet breakfast then got on a ferry to Miyajima Island.
Miyajima was a great day trip, the shopping and food there was outstanding. The area is known for their maple leaf and had yummy treats in the shape of leaves. Also, deer roam freely on the island and are quite bold. They walk right up and say hello.
From here we went to Hiroshima Peace Park and the memorials. This was a very somber walk and very personal, emotional afternoon. I didn’t take any photos, didn’t seem right. This is one case where you definitely have to go to know.
Instead I will post a photo essay of the amazing offerings from the breakfast buffet:
This isn’t everything but a good idea of what was offered. Breaking it down: Different breads, biscuits, muffins, fresh fruits, stewed root veggies, miso and corn soup, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, pancakes, salmon (baked and smoked), sushi, salad fixings, eggs hard or soft boiled, noodle station, rice, and more.
On our way back we stopped at Himeji Castle:
Himeji is quite beautiful and very photogenic but it was also built to be Super Defensible. The entries are very small, there are holes to shoot and throw rocks/hot water down on invaders and secret exits. It was a cool stop!
Close to the bus was a convenience store with these flowers outside … they were so bright!
So there you have our four day quick trip south. I am so glad we did this trip, it was kind of a must for us.
A few days after our return we jumped on a plane to Guam. Not much to say about that, it was rainy and meh. We had one decent day to play in the ocean so that was good but I don’t need to go back.