Miyajima – Day 1

The titles of these entries really need to be more creative, but at least they state a fact.

The morning consisted of an early commute to Miyajima. I was hoping that the train wouldn’t be busy at 7:00 AM, but it was slightly busy. The trip didn’t take long and I arrived at the inn by 8:00 AM and was able to drop off my luggage.

Most of the people seem to congest around Itsukushima Shrine. Since this is my second time here I want to spend it doing things that I missed the first time around. So the morning was spent hiking on trails and happily they were pretty empty. At one point while I was sitting on a bench on a hiking trail I got into a staring contest with a deer, not sure who won but I have a feeling it was the deer. After that I went to two parks and they were empty, like the hiking trails. The early afternoon was spent in Omoto Park reading and watching the deer. Plus the cherry trees have begun to bloom so I spent some time admiring the them.

Food on the island consisted of a squid skewer for lunch, which I couldn’t eat gracefully and ended up getting some of the sauce in my eye. It stung a bit. Dinner was a bit more of a challenge as lots of the restaurants and shops close around 6:00 PM. Luckily I found a pub. Dinner consisted of fried oysters, steamed eel and beer, can’t beat that.

Tomorrow I plan on doing some more hiking and who knows what else. We will see what tomorrow brings.


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