Third trip to Japan. Amazing.
Every time there is always a new adventure waiting.
This time, we start the trip in Hiroshima. It’s Saturday, and all around the Castle and the Park are lots of food stalls. While we are walking around we meet a little school group and the kids offer us this map. They made the map themselves! It’s so well done that we decide to spend the first part of our trip following it: Miyajima, Ōkunshima, Seto inlet islands.
This City is absolutely full of surprises, starting with beautiful little hikes within walking distance from the JR Train Station.
The Castle, during the weekend, is surrounded by markets and food stalls. Walking through the City itself is very pleasant, with parks, walking paths along the river and Museums.
One of the things I love the most about Japan is the fact that even in the most popular, super-busy and crowded places you can still manage to find your own space and enjoy the day. Miyajima is one of the most popular tourist destinations, yet, as soon as we start walking inside the forest, past the crowded local shopping area, we are alone. From time to time along the way we meet some humans or some deer.
SHIMANAMI KAIDO CYCLING
Exploring the Seto inlet Islands
Busy, busy day! Hence, very few photos. 🙁
We rent the bicycles just outside Onomichi train station and we are ready to start the trip!
We ride for about 40km. Once we get to Omishima Island we catch the ferry across Ōkunoshima Island, the well known Island populated by thousands of bunnies!
‘I think I saw a rabbit’
The amazing part of this island is its past. During World Was II the island was the base for a secret Poison Gas Factory. The ruins of the gas manufacturing plant are still there, creating a very strong contrast with today’s peaceful and cute image.
Today it’s raining. so it’s actually nice to spend most of the day on a train. Amanohashidate is in North Kyoto Prefecture, on the other side of the coast. When we arrive is incredibly misty around us. Big white clouds move slowly through the hills. It’s actually a really nice atmosphere!
Beppu is the southern-most point we get in this trip. We walk most of the day, getting lost in this beautiful ‘steaming’ city, visiting ‘Hells’ and Bath Houses.
Where Contemporary art meets the sea.
Naoshima Island is an incredible example of the power of Art. The island has been re-evaluated in the past few years under a very contemporary point of view, with exhibitions, Museums, permanent and temporary art pieces of any form. Yet, a special attention has been paid in not disturbing anyhow the surrounding natural landscape. The result is really amazing.
If you got all the way down to the end of the post, don’t miss next week post, with the second part of our trip to Japan!!!!!!!! 🙂