Hiroshima is a vibrant modern city, having risen from its ashes of the past. It is the capital of Hiroshima Prefecture, located in the southwest of Japan’s Honshu Island. Every year, thousands of tourists make their way to Hiroshima mainly for the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park which is a grim reminder of war and a focus for prayers for world peace. Whilst this should be a “must do” itinerary for any tourists, one should also make time to take in the natural beauty of its impressive Chugoku Mountains to the north, the clear waters of the Seto Inland Sea in the south and the beauty of historical Miyajima Island.
Hiroshima is a modern city and a popular tourist attraction. It is easily accessible by trains, the Shinkansen and by bus as well as by air. If you are visiting Japan for 7-days or more, I would suggest that you look into the option of purchasing Japan Rail Pass for a period of 7-days, 14-days… Continue reading Getting to Hiroshima
“Tofu” or bean curd is food made of soy milk, pressed into solid white blocks. Originated in China and was introduced to Japan in the late 8th century, during the Nara period (710-794) by Zen Buddhist monks. It was the luxury food of the Shoguns in the early Edo period (1603-1868), and farmers were only allowed to eat on special days. Today, you can enjoy an exquisite meal of tofu, from starter to main course and dessert in a traditional Japanese setting at Yodofu Sagano.
The Ujigami Shrine is believed to be constructed as early as 1060 during the Heian period and is the other World Heritage site. It is the guardian shrine to Byodoin Temple. This Shinto shrine has very simple architecture. The Honden or the main hall is built in the nagare-zukuri architectural style, which is a curved… Continue reading Ujigami Shrine (宇治上神社) and the Uji Shrine
Uji is a historical city in the green valley of South Kyoto. It is popular for its two World Heritage sites, the Byodoin Temple and the Ujigami shrine. In addition, Uji is famous for the superior quality of Green Tea and the Tale of Genji, the world’s first novel. Uji is easily accessible (see below:… Continue reading Kyoto, Uji (宇治) – A Day Trip