Our second day in Hiroshima was spent on Miyajima Island. When Dave and I visited last May, we didn’t have much time to explore the island. We only had time to visit the Itsukushima Shrine and enjoy lunch.
As I planned the Thompson’s visit, I wanted to include time to explore the entire island and see the giant Torii at both high and low tide. We took a couple trains to Miyajimaguchi Station to catch the ferry to the island. Inevitably, with every Julia tour, sooner or later we will hop on the wrong train. It happened yesterday. We got on the street car instead of the subway.
Fortunately, I noticed after the first stop and we exited at the second. While on the crowded streetcar, Chase snapped a selfie. I guess being on the wrong train wasn’t a complete waste.
The rest of the trip to the island was smooth sailing. We found the right trains and boarded the ferry.
We arrived on the island at high tide. As we walked to the Itsukushima Shrine, we stopped for a few tourist photos.
The Torii at high tide is beautiful. The Shrine and Torii both appear to be floating.
After our visit to the Shrine, we began our walk up to Mt. Misen. The walk was enjoyable and we felt lucky to see even more Sakura.
Along the way, we stopped at a nice restaurant for lunch. It was delicious Japanese cuisine.
We continued our walk and came to an area with a few Sakura trees. As the wind blew, the Sakura petals scattered. It was definitely a highlight.
Our favorite part of this little park was the opportunity for refreshments. Including Bears. Yes, please. I would love a Bear!
Up and up we went. No Julia Tour is complete without a hill to climb.
We made it to the Ropeway and took two trams to the overlook.
The view from the lookout was amazing!!
From the lookout point, we started our way down the mountain. It would take about an hour and we wanted to be down in time for low tide around the Torii. We thought walking down would be easy… But, everyone’s legs were shaking by the end.
We made a quick stop at the five-story pagoda as we walked past.
Our timing was perfect for catching the Torii at low tide. It was even more beautiful than I expected.
We made one last stop for ice cream before leaving the island.
We crossed back on the ferry and took a train back to our hotel. We were all pretty tired from a fun day exploring and hiking.