In August 2011 we visited my parents in law in Japan. It was the first visit after the big Earthquake and Tsunami and Nuclear Accident. But before we went to Furukawa in Miyagi we traveled a bit around Japan since we had the chance to get a Japan Rail Pass for both of us. So we decided to travel to the Osaka region together which I had visited alone before. Of course we also visited Kyoto and Nara, but before that we made a day-trip to Miyajima close to Hiroshima.

Miyajima is famous for its shrine with the big wooden gate on the shore. The shrine itself is located on a small island close to Hiroshima. This place is definitely worth a visit if you have the chance. If you also have the Japan Rail Pass, there are even ferries operated by JR that you can use for no extra charge.

Apart from the shrine there is also a relatively big mountain on the island. We only had a manga-map that made everything look so tiny and easy, so we actually decided to go for the top… but what we didn’t know, the top was not the top of the mountain we were able to see from the shrine. I wouldn’t recommend doing this without being prepared. It’s quite hard. Nothing compared to Mt. Fuji of course, but it was over 30 deg, and in the end we were running out of daylight time. The ropeway on top of the mountain wasn’t operated, so we barely made it back to the ferry. You should at least calculate 4 hours for the climb and 1-2 for the way back down. Or you can do it properly and take the rope way when it is operated 😉 Anyways, the view from the top is worth it.

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