The front desk was very friendly upon arrival, more so than other cities we have been to in Japan. The hotel is located close to the train station, so you can walk to it. The staff was very helpful with suggestions on planning the itinerary for the day. We went to Miyajima on the JR line using the rail pass which you have to purchase in the States. If you don't have one, you can use the Hiroshima trolley, and it takes you even closer to the boat dock to Miyajima. If you have the JR rail pass, you don't have to pay for the boat, but you have to make sure you are on the JR boat. If you don't have one, you can ride the either boat and pay. At Miyajima, you can walk to the Itsukushima Jinja (Shrine), visit the museum, and take lots of pictures by the Torii (gate), which makes this place one of the 3 natural wonders of Japan. During low tide you can explore the tidepools, and during high tide, it looks like the torii is floating on the water. There is a cost of 300 yen for the shrine, 200 yen for the museum, and 1400 yen for the aquarium. The Aquarium is new, and it was soooo interesting to see the different marine life....the Japanese horseshoe crab. There is a cable car where you can ride up to the top of the mountain, and on a clear day, you can see the Seto Islands. It was rainy and cloudy so we didn't get a chance to do that. On the return, there are lots of shops. There is a restaurant which specializes in Okonomiyaki, the specialty of Hiroshima. It is a vegetable and seafood filled pancake in which you can choose various fillings and watch the chef cook it in front of you. If you don't spend too much time on the island, you can hop on the trolley (150 yen) and stop at Heiwa Koen Peace Memorial Park, and the Genbaku Dome and learn about the history of the bombing of Hiroshima. Entrance to the museum is 50 yen and extremely well done. A great day all in all.
The tatami rooms are larger than most tatami rooms in other places.
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