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Old April 30th, 2012, 03:50 PM   #121
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The first ropeway ride takes you to a halfway station where you jump on another car/carriage to Mt Misen




Once at the top station it's another 1.3km trek to the peak.......it's pretty gruelling, everyone you pass is breathing as if they're in the middle of running a marathon



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I was surprised to see deer all the way up here



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Old April 30th, 2012, 03:55 PM   #123
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As is typical with most of Japan, you're never too far away from a shrine or temple
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Old April 30th, 2012, 03:56 PM   #124
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The monks are very helpful






Nearing the summit, the weather started to roll in and as we're above the cloud line it was getting pretty misty
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Old April 30th, 2012, 04:02 PM   #125
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At last, the summit!


Refreshments for the leg-weary




I had to wait a while for the weather to clear to get some shots of the mainland from the summit
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Old April 30th, 2012, 04:11 PM   #127
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Not sure what the significance of this monument is but they seem to be prevalent on mountain peaks in Japan





That was pretty much it for me on Miyajima. I made my way back to the ropeway station and then headed directly for the ferry, by this time it was raining pretty hard and the wind was howling, so much so that I thought the ferry ride would be cancelled! I made it back safely, had a short rest at my hotel then tried to make my way to Hiroshima Castle and the A-Bomb Dome
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Hiroshima Castle & A-Bomb Dome




Trams, old and new, are a major form of public transport in Hiroshima




I got a bit lost for a while but managed to find my way to my destination

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Thankfully the weather had cleared up and it was a magnificent evening






Unfortunately I was too late to be able to enter the castle and check out the views from the top

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The grounds of the castle are fairly extensive and there were several joggers and people walking around enjoying the clear balmy evening




Making my way towards the historical A-Bomb Dome

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The tragic events of August 6, 1945 are detailed in many of these signs around the area


And here it is, one of the few buildings left standing after the Enola Gay dropped the atomic bomb, codenamed 'Little Boy', which detonated half a km above, incinerating thousands of Hiroshima citizens in the immediate vicinity





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There was an official ceremony being conducted while I was there







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Heading back to my hotel. These types automated carparks are common throughout Japan though I never got to see how they work




That's 126Y a litre, not gallon


I was intrigued by these parking lots, I've never seen them before in my home city of Perth


Once you park, the metal guard pops up to protect the car......and the carparks investment in your parking fee! I don't think you can get out without settling the fee
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Very nice Kyoto set, good thing you got lost to find those streets.
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Very nice Kyoto set, good thing you got lost to find those streets.
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yeah it was certainly a bit of luck but I'd still like to have seen Gion
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I liked most your Osaka jaunt. Osaka seems to be like a solid huge city with a lot of interesting sites and various entertainment spots. You did cover a lot of places, but still I'm sure Osaka has a lot more to offer.

I really liked the deers of Miyajima. They looked so adorable and dainty .

Himeji looks interesting. I didn't know that the last samurai was shot down there. Really nice.
After I've seen your Himeji photo set, I'm definitely considering a day trip to this hidden gem.

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I liked most your Osaka jaunt. Osaka seems to be like a solid huge city with a lot of interesting sites and various entertainment spots. You did cover a lot of places, but still I'm sure Osaka has a lot more to offer.

I really liked the deers of Miyajima. They looked so adorable and dainty .

Himeji looks interesting. I didn't know that the last samurai was shot down there. Really nice.
After I've seen your Himeji photo set, I'm definitely considering a day trip to this hidden gem.

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The greater Osaka metropolitan area is one of the largest in the world in terms of population and also in terms of its economy..........but this area also encompasses Kobe and Kyoto. But even by itself it's a huge city so there's heaps to see and do. I wanted to check out Osaka Castle which is framed by a backdrop of skyscrapers and makes for an amazing juxtaposition of architecture and also Umeda Sky Building, specifically its viewing deck but I didn't get the chance as I didn't have enough time

As for Himeji, it's a great little city but I think the castle renovation will be ongoing until 2014! Even so, it's well worth a visit just for Engyoji temple complex alone. It was my favourite temple simply due to its location and spectacular views.

Oh and those deer aint too dainty if you start feeding them and then run out of food..........they headbutt you and bite you
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