I am really bad at following the schedule and constant rhythms to post my blog. This post has been on my draft for weeks, yet I couldn’t finish it fast. Not to mention that I lost 95% my writing in this post so that I have to start from the beginning. Well, anyway, enough with the rant.
My next stop was Hiroshima. Went there right after my adventure in Miyajima Island finished. I took the same train from Miyajimaguchi Station to city center. Well, basically myhalf day being in center of Hiroshima was filled with bitter story about being fangirl. And I think I’d rather to write it in a different story.
I attempted to visit concert venue, named Ueno Gakuen Hall. Actually Maya never been to that area before, so it was almost new route for both of us. Using JR train, we stopped at Shin-Hakushima Station. However, we took wrong way, so instead walking to Ueno Gakuen Hall, we went to the other way. LOL. Until halfway I checked my google maps, and realized we should have go to other side of the station.
Not your usual train tunnel
A fun walk before realizing that we should go to other way
THE Ueno Gakuen Hall, and Taemin was somewhere inside at that time
After I finished my mission on Ueno Gakuen Hall (lol), I continued my journey to the city center. Actually my initial plan was to visit Hiroshima Castle, the Atomic Bomb Dome, and Hiroshima Memorial Park. But because I was behind the schedule, and arrived there almost at sunset time, I skipped the castle and directly went to the park.
A part of the city center
One train bus is approaching
Atomic Bomb Dome
As a sunset enthusiast, the view at that time was enough to fulfill the urge just sit down at the park, enjoying the chilly weather, and enjoy the surrounding. It was really nice because the park also has a lot of place where we can sit down and relax. We sat nearby the dome, took some pictures, and just enjoyed the sunset. The dome itself was one of the memorial that preserved as symbol of peace. As you may know, Hiroshima went through a big and disastrous atomic bomb in 1945, and killed thousand of people and destroyed the whole city. The dome was the only building that left standing nearby the bomb center. After a lot of controversies, the dome was being preserved and designated as UNESCO World Heritage Site. The park was built around the dome years later, and as what I felt that day, it gave nothing but peaceful feeling, living its name as Peace Memorial Park.
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park
A good sunset is a good mood maker
Couldn’t stop to be mesmerized by the view
Our memories captured on instax pictures
Me and Maya went to 100 yen store before we heading to dinner. I warned you people, a 100 yen store is really really really dangerous place, especially for your budget. Lol. But anyway, after we got everything that we need from the store, we were moving to our dinner place. So I already begged Maya before if we could have sushi as our dinner, I would love to try that 100 yen (yes, another 100 yen) sushi place. So after do some googling, we took train bus no 6, and went to Sushiro Hiroshima Funairi. The important thing that we forgot was it was Sunday, and the place was packed with families who want to have dinner outside and there was extra long waiting list number. I mean, I was exhausted and hungry, and waiting for 1,5 hours for dinner (although there was seating and a lot gochapon machines), it was not an easy thing to do. So yeah, an hour and a half of waiting, and we finally got our seat. Well, really sorry that I didn’t even think to took any pictures of the food because I was tooooo hungry lol.
Gachapon machine to keep you away from boredom while waiting the queue
The conveyor belt of sushiiieesss
A self service payment machine
Big lesson from this was, food is really important to keep your energy up when you were traveling. Because after that good dinner, I regained my energy and felt happy again. Hahhaa. But since we need to catch the latest bus in Maya’s neighborhood, so after that, we directly went to Hiroshima Station. Again, using tram no 6 (there is another bittersweet story behind this no 6 for me, so yeah, later), to Hiroshima Station, and then took JR Train to Saijo station where Maya’s neighborhood is. And the night was getting really chilly, so arrived at Maya’s apato, which become that night’s sleepover place, was a perfect way to end my journey that day.
Waiting to depart
Inside the train bus aka trams
Outside Saijo Station, while waiting the bus to reach Maya’s apato