After our trek down the mountain the previous day, we woke up the following morning feeling in some considerable discomfort. Our calves were in absolute agony and even the simplest set of stairs was torturous. Despite our pain, we wanted to spend our last full day in Hiroshima having a proper look around. And if that meant walking around like John Wayne for the day, then so be it.
First up, we went to the Hiroshima Castle, rebuilt in 1958 after being flattened by the atomic bombing in August 1945. It has been restored to its former self and is now a museum on the inside:
From the castle we headed down to see the atomic bomb memorials and museums:
Hiroshima is totally different to Tokyo. It’s a fascinating place to visit from a historical perspective and the sites are very sobering. The city itself however seems very dated. It was obviously rebuilt practically from scratch in the 1950’s and 60’s. But it seems that since that point, there has been very little modernisation or development in the city. The buildings are all of a certain type – very boxy with little or no creativity. It’s a pleasant enough place, but it’s the polar opposite of Tokyo. The demographic of the population is much much older than in Tokyo and it seems like quite a sleepy, quiet place overall. The further out of the city you go, the more under-invested it becomes. As the picture above shows, the memorial park is very much a concreted area, which I wasn’t expecting. I wouldn’t necessarily rush back to Hiroshima, although I would rush back to the surrounding areas as they looked very picturesque.
Later that evening, we went for easily the best dining experience in our whole time in Japan to date. Amazing food in a beautiful restaurant, cooked right in front of us: