The Five Star Vagabond

Super travel tips, all road tested by David Herd. I'm an Australian guy who moved to Thailand in 2011 & still travel the world as often as possible.

Hiroshima city food transport

November 22, 2016 by David Herd

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Hiroshima city food transport

Hiroshima city food transport

 Hiroshima city food transport, as you would expect the top four or five things to see in Hiroshima revolve around the shocking event on August 6th 1945. Sadly 140,000 people lost their lives when U.S. airmen unleashed the first atomic bomb on the unsuspecting Hiroshima civilians.

Three days later of course the repeated the horror at the beautiful city of Nagasaki.

Hiroshima Peace Clock Tower

Hiroshima city food transport

 

One of many symbolic monuments within the Memorial Peace Park the clock tower marks the exact time of the explosion, 8.15 am. 

The castle

Hiroshima city food transport

Reconstructed in 1958 after being totally destroyed by the bomb, a must to see when visiting this very nice city. Check out my photo blog through THIS LINK.

 Hiroshima streetcars

Hiroshima city food transport

Streetcars or trams are a great way to get around the city, however I prefer the bus. If you hold a JAL rail pass the bus is free, this particular one called the loop bus leaves from in front of the Hotel Granvia beside Hiroshima station. There are two different routes which take you past all the Hiroshima attractions, you simply hop on & off as many times as you wish. For a super room rate with free WiFi just book through THIS LINK.

Covered shopping arcades

Hiroshima city food transport

They are a common feature in most Japanese cities, rain hail or shine you can move around & shop in comfort.

Japanese Craft Beer Café

Hiroshima city food transport

Close to the railway station & my hotel is Raku Beer a Japanese Craft Beer Café, an interesting selection of excellent beer.  

Pour me another please.

 Hiroshima city food transport

There is a happy hour daily from 5pm to 7pm.

 Another great meal

Hiroshima city food transport

Many restaurants in Japan are noisy, busy and a lot oif fun & atmosphere. This one was all those things along with terrific food.

Barbequed chicken

Hiroshima city food transport

To my surprise they also sold Jack Daniels & Soda in large mugs.

Jack & soda with Crispy burdock root

Hiroshima city food transport

 

Now there’s a new combination.

Crispy burdock root

Hiroshima city food transport

 

 Crispy burdock root, a Eurasian species of plants in the sunflower family, cultivated in gardens for its root used as a vegetable. Not only had I never tried it, I had never heard of it before, apparently the nutritional benefits are quite high.

 My new friend

Hiroshima city food transport

Made sure I always had a JD & lots of food. 🙂

Daikichi

Hiroshima city food transport

 

I tried to look up the meaning of Daikichi & got several different explanations. 🙂

Hiroshima city food transport

One of my best dining experiences so far on my seven Japanese cities adventure.

So many interesting bars & restaurants in Hiroshima.

Hiroshima city food transport

In fact it’s a case of so many bars & such little time. 🙂

Hiroshima city food transport

Hiroshima city food transport

 Wandering through the back streets is a marvelous experience in Japan, I don’t know of any safer country except perhaps Singapore.

Hiroshima at night

Hiroshima city food transport

 

In all Japanese cites there is always lots of neon lights.

A happy group of tourists

Hiroshima city food transport

Japan is a place where you can’t help being happy.

Even this old fellow looks happy

Hiroshima city food transport

He seems to have a large collection of colourful dolls.

A typical corner bar restaurant near my hotel

Hiroshima city food transport

You don’t have to walk far in Hiroshima to get a cold beer or some food.

Opposite my hotel

Hiroshima city food transport

The bridge take you to an elevator down to the underground arcade to the station.

Toyoko Inn

Hiroshima city food transport

My hotel is in a perfect location close to the station and a short walk to the major Hiroshima shopping area.

 Underground plaza

Hiroshima city food transport

From the railway station you walk through this underground arcade which brings youout about 80 meters from my hotel.

Good band playing in the plaza.

As well as entertainment there are coffee shops etc here.

Toyoko Inn

Hiroshima city food transport

 

Location is perfect & very good room with free WiFi. For an excellent rate just book through THIS LINK.

Thanks for visiting my Hiroshima city food transport photo blog, please check out my Nagasaki city blog on THIS LINK.

   

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Hiroshima Castle reconstructed 1958

November 21, 2016 by David Herd

Castle entrance

Hiroshima Castle reconstructed 1958

Hiroshima Castle reconstructed 1958

Hiroshima Castle reconstructed 1958 after being destroyed by the atomic bomb on August 6th 1945. Originally built in 1590 and there is concrete bunker where the first radio broadcast originated after the 1945 atomic bomb.

Bridge across the moat

Hiroshima Castle reconstructed 1958

Originally there were three moats however today only the inner moat remains.

Hiroshima Castle reconstructed 1958

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The keep is a stunning five story 26 meter high building.very popular for selfies as you can imagine. 🙂

Let’s take a selfie

Hiroshima Castle reconstructed 1958

The selfie is nearly as popular with ladies as their handbag mirror. 🙂

I climbed the stairs to the top

Hiroshima Castle reconstructed 1958

From here you get a wonderful view of Hiroshima. This building is now a museum with an entry fee of 360 Yen, or $3.25 USD as at November 21 2016.

View from the top

Hiroshima Castle reconstructed 1958

Up to now I have been very lucky to experience terrific weather, so much better for taking photographs.

Hiroshima population is 1,196,853

Hiroshima Castle reconstructed 1958

 Curiously there are 40,000 more females in the city than males.

Mountains in the distance

Hiroshima Castle reconstructed 1958

 Hiroshima Castle is just north of the Atomic Dome and the Peace Museum.

The atomic bomb

Hiroshima Castle reconstructed 1958

Certainly one of the most horrific events ever in the history of the world. Please check out my photo blog on the Peace Memorial Park.

 Museum

Hiroshima Castle reconstructed 1958

Many interesting exhibits in the five story museum.

Gold plated roofing tile

 Hiroshima Castle reconstructed 1958

Roof tiles don’t get any fancier than this. 🙂

Dating back to the 16th century

Hiroshima Castle reconstructed 1958

I have never seen a better looking roof tile in my life. 🙂

A Samuri suit

 Hiroshima Castle reconstructed 1958

I’m guessing this is what your well dressed Samuri wore in the 16th century, my apologies for the reflection on the glass cabinet.

Adjacent to the castle

Hiroshima Castle reconstructed 1958

Forgive me for not knowing the purpose of this gate & building adjacent to the castle.

One of the most interesting visitors at the castle

Hiroshima Castle reconstructed 1958

When a lady visits the castle she needs to dress to impress. 🙂

Many thanks for visiting my Hiroshima Castle reconstructed 1958 photo blog.

My highly rated hotel was in the perfect location next to Hiroshima station and close to tram & bus stops. For  a discounted room rate & free WiFi just book through THIS LINK. 

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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park

November 20, 2016 by David Herd

Atomic Bomb Dome

Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park

Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park

 Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park as expected was an emotional experience that I will never forget. Seventy one years ago at 8.15 am on August 6th 1945 U.S. pilots dropped an atomic bomb immediately killing 140,000 people. The Genbaku Dome you see above was the only building left standing near the centre of the bomb’s blast.

Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park

Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park

The A-Bomb Dome from the Aioi Bridge, the bomb exploded right above the building, however the vertical columns in the building were somehow able to withstand the downward force of the blast.

It’s amazing the building survived

Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park

The bomb actually exploded 160 meters from the Dome & as you would expect everybody inside was killed instantly.

The Bell of Peace

Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park

Built in 1964 to symbolize the creation of a movement for a world without nuclear weapons and war.

Dedication of the Peace Bell

Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park

Of course as we all know, three days after the bomb was dropped on Hiroshima they also bombed Nagasaki. Many people believe it was not necessary to wipe out another 70,000 civilians as Japan was on the point of surrendering.

Cenotaph for the A-bomb Victims

Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park

 The Cenotaph is inscribed, “Let all the souls here rest in peace, for we shall not repeat the evil.”

Cenotaph & park

Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park

A memorial is held here every year on August 6th.

Flame of Peace

Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park

Since it was lit on August 1, 1964 it has burned continuously to symbolize a commitment that all nuclear weapons should be removed from our planet.

Children’s Peace Monument

Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park 

At two years of age Sadako Sasaki was exposed to the bombing, she contracted leukaemia ten years later and died. Shocked by her death, her classmates called for a monument to mourn all the children who died from the atomic bombing. Credit Cityof Hiroshima.

For me this reresents the saddest memory of all

Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park

The mass murder of thousands of innocent children in Hiroshima & Nagasaki is for me the saddest part of this horrific event which we can only hope will never be repeated.

Magnificent trees

Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park

Located as you walk through the entrance of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park.

Trees beside the flame of peace

Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park

In the distance you can see the Atomic Bomb Dome or Genbaku Dōmu.

Goddess of Peace

Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park

 Representing 3 religions, Angel’s wings for Christianity, Face of Buddha, & Shinto emblem on belt.

Obama visits Hiroshima

Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park

An historic meeting with Primeminister Abe on May 27 2016. Here are their speeches.

Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park

Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park

 

Thank you for visiting my Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park photo blog, we can only hope such a shocking event will never happen again.

How powerful was Hiroshima?

Atom bombs size

Compared to weapons of today it could be considered small, however that is not the case, it killed 140,000 people. 

Robert Lewis, the co-pilot of the U.S. bomber “Enola Gay,” later wrote, “My God what have we done?”
That horror, encapsulated by those few words, continues to resonate worldwide.

My highly rated hotel was in the perfect location next to Hiroshima station and close to tram & bus stops. For  a discounted room rate & free WiFi just book through THIS LINK. 

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