Awesome Hiroshima and Miyajima Day Trip from Osaka!

Yes, this whole trip was done in one day. I arrived in Hiroshima at around 9am and left at around 6. Pretty much everything closes on Miyajima island at around 5 except for a hotel or two there. I think the last ferries are around then, too.

We left Hiroshima after visiting the museum and seeing the statue of Sadako Sasaki who was 2 years old when the atomic bomb dropped in Hiroshima. When she got a bit older, she was diagnosed with leukemia due to the radiation. So, so many children from Hiroshima and Nagasaki also had leukemia. There’s a Japanese story that says that if you can make 1,000 paper cranes, you will get a wish. Sadako tried her best to fold 1000 before she died but only got to 600 and something. She was 12.

Hiroshima – Saski Sadako 1000 cranes

We departed Hiroshima for Miyajima at around 12pm and got there a little after 1 pm and the tide was finally low enough to walk out and touch it at about 5:30 pm. So about 4.5 hours!! We spent that time walking around the island, looking for sea glass, shopping for souvenirs, and relaxing in cafes.

From the Kobe area, it was about 2 hours but I left too early for anything but local trains to take me too Himeji (where I changed to a shinkansen). So, it could be an hour and a half. My friends who came from Osaka said it was about an hour and a half, but from Shin-Osaka, it’s a shinkansen the whole way! 🙂 It makes a great day trip! You can also go by night bus, I think!