Japan Trip 2013 – First Impressions Hiroshima (18 PHOTOS)

In this blog post: PHOTOS taken at Shukkeien Gardens, Hiroshima Castle, and Shinto Shrine, Downtown Hiroshima, Atomic Dome near the Peace Memorial.

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One night in Hiroshima, I stayed on the 8th floor of the FLex Hotel. Not having made any reservation in the autumn high season resulted in a couple more expensive nights. But the whole experience was well worth it, including this morning view on my last day there.

Note:  See my next blogpost for a brief reflection on why I choose to visit Japan (given the ongoing Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear crisis, etc…), as well as PHOTOS of my visits to both the Hiroshima and Nagasaki Atomic Bomb / Peace Memorial sites.  [<HERE>] 

Seems like ages ago, but was just earlier this month:  I bought the plane ticket just the week before, and a Lonely Planet guide just days before boarding.  I had not even know where I would stay upon arrival.   If that worked fine for India in 1992, I figured it would be a breeze doing this for Japan in 2013 as well.  So far, so good.  

In Tokyo, I ended up hanging out a a local’s bar near the Shinagawan station till 4am, and then briefly at an all-Japanese Denny’s (ha!) (where customers seemed to be mainly napping), waiting for the train station to reopen to catch a Shinkansen (bullet train) to Hiroshima.  Easy.    In Hiroshima, I was kindly helped by the Tourist Info office to find accomodation.  I crashed from extended jet lag and began my exploration the next morning.   Been loving every minute of it.    

All photos by © Michaël Van Broekhoven, 2013 – All Rights Reserved.  
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Photos from my first full day in Hiroshima, Japan:

  • SHUKKEIEN GARDENS:

At Shukkeien Gardens, Hiroshima, JAPAN. Photos by © Michaël Van Broekhoven, 2013.

At Shukkeien Gardens, Hiroshima, JAPAN.
Photos by © Michaël Van Broekhoven, 2013.

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At Shukkeien Gardens, Hiroshima, JAPAN.
Photos by © Michaël Van Broekhoven, 2013

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At Shukkeien Gardens, Hiroshima, JAPAN.
Photos by © Michaël Van Broekhoven, 2013

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At Shukkeien Gardens, Hiroshima, JAPAN.
Photos by © Michaël Van Broekhoven, 2013

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At Shukkeien Gardens, Hiroshima, JAPAN.
Photos by © Michaël Van Broekhoven, 2013

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At Shukkeien Gardens, Hiroshima, JAPAN.
Photos by © Michaël Van Broekhoven, 2013

  • HIROSHIMA CASTLE:

At Hiroshima Castle. Photos by © Michaël Van Broekhoven, 2013

At Hiroshima Castle, a Samurai exhibit.
Photos by © Michaël Van Broekhoven, 2013

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Exhibits of swords, Hiroshima history and some outfits and artwork, at Hiroshima Castle – Early November 2013. Photos by © Michaël Van Broekhoven, 2013

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View from to top floor of Hiroshima Caste.
Photos by © Michaël Van Broekhoven, 2013

  • Hiroshima’s GOKOKU-JINJA SHINTO SHRINE:

“Gokoku” shrines are Shinto shrines designated as places of worship for those who have died in war.  The current main building was rebuilt in 1995, when the grand stone slab approach was also added.  There are ceremonies held throughout the year.  Children age 3, 5 and 7 come in their best dress for traditional ceremonies.

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Cue cute cute… ;-) At Hiroshima’s main Shinto Shrine.
Photo by © Michaël Van Broekhoven, All RIghts Reserved.

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Love this one. ;-) At Hiroshima’s main Shinto Shrine.
Photo by © Michaël Van Broekhoven, All Rights Reserved.

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“Just like in Colorado”. ;-)  It’s nice to already be familiar with various Shinto and Buddhist practices and understandings.

For my photos from my recent visit to the Kami Shrine at Shambhala Mountain Center in Northern Colorado (USA), see HERE.

  • BACK OF (or front, if coming from the Peace Memorial area) Castle Grounds:  I love Japanese esthetics in general.  These are just some photos of the hallway towards the end of my visit to the Hiroshima Castle and Hiroshima’s main Shinto Shrine:
Hiroshima, on old Cale grounds.  Photo by © Michaël Van Broekhoven, 2013

Hiroshima, on old Castle grounds(rebuilt).  Photo by © Michaël Van Broekhoven, 2013

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Mmm… Love it.DSCN1813Mmm… Love it.  —  Photos by © Michaël Van Broekhoven, 2013

  • PEACE MEMORIAL:

Hiroshima Atomic Bombing Dome... Photo by © Michaël Van Broekhoven, 2013. CLICK IMAGE for more from the memorial museum.

Hiroshima Atomic Bombing Dome…
Photo by © Michaël Van Broekhoven, 2013.
CLICK IMAGE for more from the memorial museum.

See more at my blogpost on: visiting the Hiroshima and Nagasaki Peace Memorials.

  • DOWNTOWN HIROSHIMA:

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Hiroshima is a vibrant thriving city. Shopping district, 2013.
All Photos © Michaël Van Broekhoven, 2013.

Hiroshima’s past includes some dark chapters, but the city now makes a very good place to start a visit to Japan.  One of my favorite places so far.  I love Hiroshima for its peace-loving spirit, kind people, cultural scene and awesome food.  Highly recommend it!

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