Between Christmas and New Year we visited Hiroshima for 2 days.
The first day we spent visiting Miyajima, an island shrine that seems to float on the water with an amazing O-torii gate. The shrine was built during the 6th century and remodelled to how we now see it in 1168. It was noted to be one of the three most scenic sites in Japan in 1643 by the Confucian scholar Shunsai Hayashi who toured Japan on foot and wrote a book “Observations about the remains of Japan’s Civil Affairs” where he praised 3 locations in particular including Miyajima.
To get there you have to take a short ferry ride and the port is about 30 minutes outside of the city of Hiroshima.
The island was surprisingly peaceful for the large number of people visiting and like many places in Japan you could easily get away from the crowds by walking a little further and taking some of the back roads.
Of course to follow Japanese tradition we tried the local food: oysters, conger eel and the local cakes which look like maple leaves but have a variety of fillings.