In the morning, I took the Shinkansen from Osaka to Hiroshima and then immediately transferred to a local train and ferry to get to Miyajima island, about 20km south of Hiroshima at the Sanyo coast. It is famous for the Itsukushima shrine with the large torii in the sea, and provides good hiking opportunities with an almost rain forest like vegetation and fantastic views on the so-called Inland Sea. I decided to burn the calories from the evening before by hiking two different routes up and down Mount Misen, and invested the money saved for the ropeway in kitsch souvenirs that can be bought all over the island. After finishing the hiking exercise, it was already ebb tide and the large torii was accessible by foot.

In the afternoon, I returned to Hiroshima where I used the rest of the daylight to walk around the city centre. In the evening, I tried the local specialty Okonomiyaki, a pancake like meal with all sorts of ingredients like seafood, meat, egg, noodles etc. that is cooked on a hot plate right in front of the guests.