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Exploring Honshu, the Shinkansen way

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A September 2003 trip to Japan by Composthp

Maple leaves Photo, Japan, Asia More Photos
Quote: Japan is one of the few remaining Asian countries untouched by SARs. Only visitors from the SARs affected countries of Hong Kong, China and Taiwan are required to declare themselves in health declaration forms upon arrival to all airports in Japan. They are also required to produce a medical certification of their health status. However, there are calls by local prefecture government bodies for more stringent health screening for all visitors. We explored Honshu, via the Shinkansen Sanyo-line over 9 days, beginning in Osaka, Kurashiki, Hiroshima, Iwakuni, Miyajima and finally Hakata, Fukuoka before zipping back to Osaka again.

Exploring Honshu, the Shinkansen way

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Maple leaves Photo, Japan, Asia
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The most memorable experience was our stay in Miyajima, a town very much untouched by the hordes of tourists it recieves daily. We stayed in a traditional ryokan in the heart of the Momijidani Park (maple leaves) and enjoyed the rustic hospitality of its owners. We stayed in business hotels while in Osaka, Hiroshima and Hakata. Ask for ryokan-styled rooms as they are cheaper and more spacious. We booked the hotels mainly here. Quick Tips: Visitors can apply for the Seto Inland Sea welcome card here free of charge. It comes with an informative booklet (in English) and provides saving...Read More

Momiji-so

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Hotel

Momiji-so Photo, Hiroshima, Japan
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This is a traditional ryokan run by an elderly couple. It is located in the heart of Momiji-dani Park, just 15 mins walk from the Miyajima Pier or 12 mins if you run a little (exit right from the ferry and walk towards the Itsukushima Shrine). Alternatively, you can call the ryokan upon arrival and they will pick you in their cute little mini-van to the ryokan or catch a taxi which costs just 710 yen (US$5) if you cannot get a hold of them (most unlikely). We booked online here. For the price of 13,000 yen per person per night, we enjoyed a delicious home-cooked Japanese-styled dinner made from the ...Read More

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Momiji-so
Momijidani-kouennai
Hiroshima, Japan
+81-829-44-0077

Mount Misen

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Attraction

Mount Misen Photo, Hiroshima, Japan
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We had arrived a little too early for check in so we decided to explore the surrounding parks. It was a near perfect weather for hiking/walking. We stumbled without a map onto the climbing trail in Hiramatsu park and decided to follow the pathway just to see where it led. There were clear markers along the sandy pathway. It took us about an hour despite the number of stops to rest and admire the views in between. The path ends at the Shishiwa ropeway station, mid-way to the summit. We caught the next available cable-car to the Monkey park at the summit (departs every 15 minutes). There, we were greeted by red-faced monkeys huddled together for warmth. Visitors are encouraged to leave their bags...Read More

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Mount Misen
Momiji Tani Park
Miyajima-cho, Japan 739-0500
+81 (0)82 944 0316

Itsukushima Shrine

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Attraction

Itsukushima Shrine Photo, Hiroshima, Japan
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A visit to Miyajima will not be complete without visiting the Itshkushima Shrine. It is otherwise well-known for the bright vermillion floating O-torii (grand gate) and is a designated UNESCO world heritage site. The shrine was established in the 12th century, over 1400 years ago. Its corridor spans approximately 280 meters, including the Marodo Shrine and the Noh Theater. Admission into the shrine is 300 yen and is open from sunrise to sunset. Take note of the tide times recorded at the pier on both sides (Mainland and at Miyajima) for the breathtaking vista of the floating O-torii at high tide. At low tide, you can walk out onto the beach right up to the O-torii itself. Locals equi...Read More

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Itsukushima Shrine
Miyajima-cho
Hiroshima, Japan 739-0500
+81 (0)829 44 2020

Miyajima

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Attraction | "Miyajima town"

Miyajima Photo, Hiroshima, Japan
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You can cover all major attractions in town via foot in less than half a day. There are several suggested walking routes, all beginning at the pier. We explored the town, heading uphill towards an ancient timbered Hall, Senjo-kaku (Pavillion of 1000 Mats), built by Toyotomi Hideyoshi in 1587, stopping to admire the equally historical five-storied pagado next to it before heading downhill again, past streets of souvenir shops towards the Itsukushima shrine and onwards to the Musuem of Historical and Folklore Materials. We visited the Daishoin Temple next for a panoramic view of the town. From there, we took a leisurely walk back to maple valley of Momijidani Park via a scenic nature pathway through Hir...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 28, 2003

Miyajima
Miyajima-cho
Hiroshima, Japan 739-0500
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