Hiroshima & Himaji
Sobering thoughts
Tuesday 14 April 2015
2015 sees the 70th anniversary of the first nuclear bomb dropped on people. We made the long trip down to Hiroshima on an early train from Kyoto, to better our understanding of what happened to the city and its people, both on and since 6th August 1945.
Walking the few kilometres from the station to the peace park, we soon arrived at the Prefectural Industrial Promotion Hall the A-bomb dome, which remains as a sobering reminder of the devastation unleashed on Hiroshima that day.

We spent the remainder of the morning in Peace park looking around the Memorial Cenotaph, Peace Flame monument and most importantly, visiting the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum - a very humbling experience.
In early afternoon we headed back to the train station via Hiroshima castle, then back up the line to Himeji to visit Japan's most famous castle.

Shirasagi-jō or 'The White Heron' because of its brilliant white exterior, has remained largely unchanged over the last 400 years and is considered the finest surviving example of Japanese castle architecture, making the UNESCO World Heritage list in 1993.
It was late in the day but we squeezed in to look at the castles interior just as the gates were closing. Inside it's every bit as impressive out, with huge wooden beams, ornate carvings and commanding views over modern day Himeji.

Stopping for dinner & beer at an awesome pizzeria on our way back to the station rounded off a long but memorable day.