A rainy day in Hiroshima and walking in the commemorative Peace Park, you realize that all park sculptures express the intense pain and suffering, the hope of a lasting peace and emptiness when everything breaks . Each one has a mountain of origami cranes that visitors have left in their views. In one corner of the park is the peace bell, the ringing means world peace is desirable. I tried ringing the bell, at first very gently so as not to disturb the Japanese silence, sound was negligible. The second time I rang it harder, the clang echoed in my head for several seconds and Japanese ve roamed the park looked at me and smiled. I blushed. From the main train station take tram 2 and you'll arrive at the park.
The red Otorii of Itsukushima Shrine is a UNESCO and 1 of the 3 most scenic spots in Japan. The gate appears to float in the Seto Inland Sea, it is a spectacular sight from both ferry and the shore of Miyajima. But why not get a close up view and kayak through it.
Paddle park is a short walk from Maezora station. Upon our arrival Masashi-san checked our experience and sorted us out with the necessary equipment. The kayaks are light weight with rudders and therefore easy for novices to use, with a choice of a single or double. The launch site is just five minutes away. This area is also famous for oysters. After an hour of gentle paddling through the oyster farms we reached Miyajima island. We went ashore, leaving the kayaks on the beach, encountered marauding deer and wandered past numerous shrines. Half and hour later, we were back in the boats for the high point of the day, souvenir photos and paddling beneath Otorii the boundary between the human and the spirit world. Should a capsize occur, Masashi-san is calm and efficient and can get you back in your boat in a flash. A relaxed paddle back through glassy sea and we were back at paddle park. Highly recommended and no experience required.