Our first full day on our own! And we certainly took advantage of it. We started the day at Itsukushima Jinja Otorii, literally translated as Grand Torii Gate but better known as The Floating Torii Gate. Look at the pictures to see why. We rode the JR train from Hiroshima to Miyajimaguchi where we caught the first ferry to the island. Being able to photograph before the crowds showed up made it well worth the early wakeup time.
Next we took the ferry from Miyajima directly back to Hiroshima, which took us right to the Hiroshima Atomic Bomb Dome, the historic site of the dome which survived an atomic bomb blast.
Nearby are the Children's Peace Monument, the Hiroshima Victims Memorial and the Hiroshima Peace Museum. It was all very sobering and something everyone should see. If you've seen the movie "Oppenheimer", seeing or having seen Hiroshima and the actual results of an atomic bomb blast, adds another dimension to the movie. It was encouraging to see the G7 conference scheduled for later in May, bringing together major countries to peacefully talk and work out international issues.
Although exhausted and thoroughly wiped out after an already long day, we still had one more stop on our list - the Hiroshima Castle. Although I balked at first, it was well worth the effort especially near the end of the day when the light was gorgeous.