The floating O-torii and Itsukushima Shrine at Miyajima south of Hiroshima are two of Japan’s most popular attractions, but ongoing restoration work there shouldn’t stop Americans stationed in Japan from planning a visit.
Japan, is one destination that my husband and I had always dreamed of visiting. We have always been fascinated by its culture, people, history, and don’t forget the food. So, for our 36th wedding anniversary we decided to make our dream come true.
Sakura, that quintessentially Japanese flower that blooms but for a short time then fades away on the wind, can draw crowds to even the most humble city park or riverside to enjoy their beauty, but when paired with some of Hiroshima’s most famous landmarks gives visitors a chance to see these places at their most idealized.
With a population of nearly 1.2 million, Hiroshima is the largest city in the Chugoku region of Western Honshu. It is often called “the City of Water,” as six large rivers flow through the center of city.
Winter and early spring means Japanese strawberry season. Starting from December to late April various farms throughout the country hold strawberry picking events for visitors to (at fixed price and often for a limited time-span) pick and taste as many strawberries as they like. Tochigi as well as Gunma Prefecture are well-known for its many...