< Must See Places in Sanyō Shinkansen (bullet train)> (Shin-Ōsaka ~ Hakata) Part2

Hiroshima Station

Genbaku Dōmu (Atomic Bomb Dome)

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The ruin serves as a memorial to the people who were killed in the first atomic bombing in the world.  The ruins displayed in this building will be passed on to the next generation.  It’s registered on the UNESCO World Heritage List

【Address】 1-10 Ote-machi Naka-ku, Hiroshima

【Access】 Get on the streetcar from the JR Hiroshima Station (Minami-guchi) [bound for No.2 Hiroden-miyajima-guchi Station, No.6 Eba] and get off at “Genbaku Dōmu-mae”.  It takes approximately 20 minutes to get here.

Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park

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This is another historical site along with Genbaku Dōmu.  Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and Memorial Cenotaph in the Memorial Park are the ‘must see spots’ to visit as well.

【Address】 1 Nakajima-cho Naka-ku, Hiroshima

【Access】 Get on the streetcar from the JR Hiroshima Station (Minami-guchi) [bound for No.1 Hiroshima Port, No.2 Hiroden Miyajima-guchi, No.6 Eba] and get off at “Fukuro-machi”.  It’s a 5 minute walk from there.

Itsukushima Shrine

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It is also called “Aki-no Miyajima” and is classified as one of the Three Views of Japan, along with the sand bar Amanohashidate and Matsushima Bay.  It is a Shinto shrine on the island of Itsukushima, best known for its “floating” torii gate and the vermillion-lacquered shrine building.  It’s listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The building is built with stakes and at high tide, the sea water fills to the bottom of the building. In a 10 minute walk’s distance between the boarding point of Miyajima ferry to Itsukushima Shrine, there are various buildings that line the street ssuch as restaurants, souvenir shops, and ryokans (Japanese-style hotel).

【Address】 1-1 Miyajima-cho  Hatsukaichi-shi, Hiroshima

【Access】

JR Hiroshima Station → 28 minutes on Sanyou-honsen → JR Miyajima-guchi Station → 6 minute walk → A ferry boarding point (sanbashi) bound for Miyajima → Approx. 10 minutes on ferry → 10 minute walk

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Miyajima Ferry (Miyajima-guchi ~ Miyajima) is operated by JR West (West Japan Railway Company).  You can ride with Japan Rail Pass.  It takes approximately 10 minutes.

※Please be careful when you ride the JR West Miyajima Ferry, since there are two more ferries operating in the exact same operating section by the “JR West” and the “Miyajima MATSUDAI tourist ship” with the adjacent boarding points as well.

Shin-Iwakuni Station

Kintai Bridge

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The bridge is made by beautifully shaped wood and is a series of five structures (the middle three are arch-shaped bridges).  This area, the Kintai Bridge on the Nishiki River, is also very famous in spring for cherry-blossoms viewing, along with the nearby Kikkou Park.

【Address】 1-chome Iwakuni, Yamaguchi

【Access】

15 minutes by bus or taxi from JR Sinkansen (a bullet train)・Shin-Iwakuni Station

Iwakuni Castle

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Iwakuni Castle is located on top of the hill, where we can look down upon the city of Iwakuni and Kintai Bridge.  We can get to the top of the mountain via ropeway.

【Address】 2-6-51 Yokoyama Iwakuni, Yamaguchi (Iwakuni Castle Ropeway Sanroku Station)

【Access】

5 minute walk from the Kintai Bridge to “Iwakuni Castle Ropeway Sanroku Station”

8 minute walk from “Iwakuni Castle Ropeway Sancho Station” to Iwakuni Castle

Shin-Yamaguchi Station

Akiyoshi-dou

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Akiyoshi-dou is one of the underground caverns, located in the underground of Japan’s largest Karst called “Akiyoshi-dai”. The caverns were made by limestone’s plateau, being eroded by rainwater for tens of thousands of years. Only the one area of the site (Approx. 1 km) is open to the public. Characteristic stones such as the uncountable stalactites, stalagmites, Hyakumai-zara and Kogane-bashira were named in the past.

【Address】 3506-2 Akiyoshi Shuhou-cho Mine-shi, Yamaguchi

【Access】 45 minutes by bus from JR Shinkansen (a bullet train)・Shin-Yamaguchi Station

Hakata Station

 

Yatai (stall)

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In the middle of the city in Fukuoka, you can see so many yatai (stalls) on the street from around 6:00pm ~ 7:00pm, throughout the busy street or the main street.  Beside ramen noodles, you will see “yakitori” (grilled chicken on a stick), “gyoza” (a dumpling with minced pork and vegetable stuffing), and “oden” (vegetables, fish dumplings and various other articles of food stewed in a thin soy soup, and served hot) served in each yatai.

<Nakasu area>

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【Address】 Along the Naka River.  Around 4 ~ 5 chome Nakasu Hakata-ku, Fukuoka【Access】 JR Hakata Station → Fukuoka City Subway “Hakata Station” (3 minutes) → Get off at “Nakasu Kawabata Station”

<Tenjin area>

【Address】 Along the Watanabe Street.  Around 1 ~ 2 chome Tenjin Chuo-ku, Fukuoka【Access】 JR Hakata Station → Fukuoka City Subway “Hakata Station” (6 minutes) → Get off at “Tenjin Station”

Fukuoka Tower

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Fukuoka Tower is a 234 metre (767.7 feet) tall television tower, located in the seaside of Fukuoka City.  It has the observation deck on the top floor.  This area is the center of broadcasting stations.

【Address】 2-3-26 Momochihama Sawara-ku, Fukuoka

【Access】

JR Hakata Station (minami-guchi) → 3 minute walk → Hakata Bus Terminal →Nishitetsu Bus (No. 306, 312) → Get off at “Fukuoka Tower Minami-guchi”

Fukuoka City Museum

The national treasures, “Kinjirushi” (the golden seal) is displayed in this museum. It was accidentally found on Shika Island, which is now located in Fukuoka City. It is curved, “漢委奴国王” (King of Na gold seal) and it is said to be the seal that was given from the emperor of China at around 1st century.  It is so precious with a side of 2.3cm and a height of 2.2ch that we can find a clue of Japan’s origin.

【Address】 3-1-1 Momochihama Sawara-ku, Fukuoka

【Access】

JR Hakata Station → 3 minute walk → Hakata Bus Terminal →Nishitetsu Bus (No. 306, 312) → Get off at “Fukuoka Tower Minami-guchi”

Dazaifu Tenman-gū

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Dazaifu Tenman-gū is a Shinto shrine which was built over the grave of Sugawara no Michizane, who is known to be God of Scholarship.  Many visitors, especially students, come to this shrine to pray for their academic improvement or passing exams.  It is also know that a great number of people visit and worship this shrine at the beginning of the new year.

【Address】 4-7-1 Saifu Dazaifu, Fukuoka

【Access】

JR Hakata Station → 20 minutes on Kagoshima-honsen → Futukaichi Station →15 minutes by taxi

JR Hakata Station → 3 minute walk → Hakata Bus Terminal 1F Gate No.11 → Nishitetsu Bus bound for directly Dazaifu (40 minutes) → Nishitetsu Dazaifu-eki-mae → 5 minute walk

Kyushu National Museum

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Kyushu National Museum is located near Dazaifu Tenman-gū.  Here, we can learn about the history of ‘Kyushu’, which is closer to the Eurasian Continent (China, Korea) than any other region in Japan, and which used to be the place for the cultural communication with Asia. Various planning displays are conducted throughout the year.

【Address】 4-7-2 Ishizaka Dazaifu, Fukuoka

【Access】 10 minute walk from Nishitetsu Dazaifu Station