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Cool Japan / Day trips from Kyoto / Hiroshima

Hiroshima is a little over two hours via bullet train from Kyoto. We got a late start that day so the first stop when we arrived was lunch. We took a short stroll from the centrally located Hiroshima train station to a little food joint tucked away on a side street. Our Lonely Planet guide recommended okonomiyaki (Japanese Pizza) from a little sit down diner. I am not sure what all was in here but it may have been the best meal I ate all trip (or at least the most memorable).
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(Hiroshima-yaki / Japanese Pizza)
From there we walked towards Peace Memorial Park. The park has several memorials but the one that will immediately catch your eye is the A-Bomb Dome. The A-bomb Dome is one of the few buildings that survived the atomic blast despite being almost directly beneath where the bomb detonated. The dome undergoes frequent preservation renovations and was under renovation when we visited.
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(A-Bomb Dome)
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(Memorial Flame only to be extinguished when the last Atomic Bomb is dismantled)
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(Cenotaph for the A-Bomb Victims)

I can remember as a child folding paper cranes for school that were being sent to Japan. I was able to connect the dots 15+ years later and see first hand where they were actually being sent. The Peace Memorial Park houses the Children’s Peace Monument which receives literally truckloads of paper cranes on a daily basis sent from children across the world. The colors and designs were incredible.
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(Vibrant paper cranes)
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(Cases and cases of paper cranes!)

Finally we spent a few hours exploring the museum at the Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall. The museum is moving and extremely well done. The history is presented fairly and from several perspectives.
(Source: USA Today / Visit: http://travel.usatoday.com/alliance/flights/boardingarea/post/2012/04/Points-Miles-38-Martinis---Konnichiwa-Japan-8211-Day-trips-from-Kyoto/672462/1)

By TS on May 9, 2012
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