Last additions - HIROSHIMA 広島県
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Part of Hiroshima Castle stone wall is black due to the atomic blast.Feb 28, 2016
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Inside the ninomaru Yagura turret. Cannot go upstairs.Feb 28, 2016
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You can go inside the reconstructed ninomaru structure.Feb 28, 2016
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Hiroshima Castle ninomaru turret was reconstructed in 1994.Feb 28, 2016
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NinomaruFeb 28, 2016
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In 1994, this gate and a yagura turret in the ninomaru were re-constructed out of wood.Feb 28, 2016
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Hiroshima CastleFeb 28, 2016
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The moat and walls are quite expansive.Feb 28, 2016
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Hiroshima Castle tower was rebuilt in 1958 after World War II. The original castle was destroyed by the atomic bomb in Aug. 1945.Feb 28, 2016
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Hiroshima Castle tower is a museum of Hiroshima's history before World War II.Feb 28, 2016
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Manhole in Hatsukaichi, HiroshimaDec 02, 2015
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Arrived back at Miyajimaguchi Port.Dec 02, 2015
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Leaving MiyajimaDec 02, 2015
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Our ferry at Miyajima Port back to the mainland. The ferry is timed conveniently with trains at Miyajimaguchi Station.Dec 02, 2015
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Inside Miyajima Sanbashi Port buildingDec 02, 2015
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Miyajima Sanbashi Port buildingDec 02, 2015
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Miyajima Sanbashi Port buildingDec 02, 2015
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Miniature ToriiDec 02, 2015
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Hiroshima is famous for oysters.Dec 02, 2015
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Miyajima's Oshakushi giant rice scoop. Made in 1983. 大杓子Dec 02, 2015
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Rice scoopers are also big on Miyajima.Dec 02, 2015
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Maple leaf-shaped azuki bean bunsDec 02, 2015
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Maple leaf-shaped azuki bean buns aka Momiji Manju is Miyajima's most famous confection.Dec 02, 2015
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Near the entrance to Itsukushima Shrine is Omotesando shopping street for Miyajima eats and souvenirs.Dec 02, 2015
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Five-story Pagoda on Miyajima.Dec 02, 2015
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Tide was starting to recede.Dec 02, 2015
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Maple leaf-shaped ice cream.Dec 02, 2015
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Lots of souvenir shops along the way.Dec 02, 2015
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Walking back.Dec 02, 2015
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Itsukushima shrine as seen from Tahoto Pagoda on Miyajima.Dec 02, 2015
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View from Tahoto Pagoda on Miyajima.Dec 02, 2015
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View from Tahoto Pagoda on Miyajima.Dec 02, 2015
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Tahoto Pagoda on Miyajima.Dec 02, 2015
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Tahoto Pagoda on Miyajima.Dec 02, 2015
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Tahoto Pagoda on Miyajima.Dec 02, 2015
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Steps to the Tahoto Pagoda.Dec 02, 2015
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Chanting priests.Dec 02, 2015
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Daiganji temple belongs to the Shingon Buddhist Sect. Dedicated to the goddess Benzaiten and one of the three most famous Benzaiten temples.Dec 02, 2015
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Gate to Daiganji temple.Dec 02, 2015
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The exit.Dec 02, 2015
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Fish spotting at high tide.Dec 02, 2015
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Bridge at Itsukushima (closed).Dec 02, 2015
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Noh stage at Itsukushima shrine does not have much room for an audience.Dec 02, 2015
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Noh stage at Itsukushima shrine.Dec 02, 2015
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Noh stage at Itsukushima shrine.Dec 02, 2015
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Renovating the floor maybe.Dec 02, 2015
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Long line of tourists waiting to take a picture at the end of the boardwalk.Dec 02, 2015
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Some construction here in Sept. 2015.Dec 02, 2015
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At low tide.Dec 02, 2015
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Itsukushima shrineDec 02, 2015
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At low tide.Dec 02, 2015
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Five-story Pagoda on land overlooks the floating shrine.Dec 02, 2015
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At high tide, I have to declare that Itsukushima Shrine is one of Japan's most photogenic buildings.Dec 02, 2015
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Main shrine of Itsukushima.Dec 02, 2015
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Itsukushima is dedicated to the three daughters of Susano-o no Mikoto, Shinto god of seas and storms, and brother of the sun goddess Amaterasu.Dec 02, 2015
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Admission charged.Dec 02, 2015
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Entrance to the shrine buildings.Dec 02, 2015
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Sacred Horse (fake)Dec 02, 2015
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Tahoto PagodaDec 02, 2015
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Itsukushima Shrine at high tide.Dec 02, 2015
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I visited Itsukushima at high tide in the morning so the shrine was floating.Dec 02, 2015
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Torii and pine tree at Miyajima.Dec 02, 2015
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Hiroshige's woodblock print of Itsukushima Shrine's fall festival from his "Famous Views of the 60 Provinces" series.Dec 02, 2015
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Shrine worshippers also arrive by boat like they did in the old days before modern ferry service.Dec 02, 2015
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The deer are trained to pose with tourist groups. They know that there will be a reward.Dec 02, 2015
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Local photographer is kept busy.Dec 02, 2015
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Torii and deer on Miyajima.Dec 02, 2015
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Another Miyajima symbol is the deer.Dec 02, 2015
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Before visiting Miyajima, you should check the tide times. Best to go during high tide.Dec 02, 2015
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Main torii of Itsukushima Shrine and perhaps Japan's most famous and iconic torii.Dec 02, 2015
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Entering the shrine grounds.Dec 02, 2015
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Approaching the famous floating torii. A short walk from the port.Dec 02, 2015
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Waterfront path to Itsukushima Shrine.Dec 02, 2015
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Ferry arrives at Miyajima Sanbashi Port.Dec 02, 2015
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Across the water.Dec 02, 2015
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Approaching Miyajima Sambashi Port.Dec 02, 2015
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One of Japan's Scenic Trio (Nihon Sankei), the famous torii with Miyajima island in the background. Dec 02, 2015
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Miyajima island. The ferry ride is only about 10 min.Dec 02, 2015
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Ferry for Miyajima at Miyajimaguchi Sanbashi ferry port.Dec 02, 2015
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Miyajimaguchi Sanbashi ferry port.Dec 02, 2015
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From Miyajimaguchi Station, a short walk to the Miyajimaguchi Sanbashi ferry port.Dec 02, 2015
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Miyajimaguchi Station's exit for Japan Railpass holders.Dec 02, 2015
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Itsukushima Shrine on Miyajima is one of Japan's most iconic shrines and sights. The vermillion floating torii and shrine (at high tide) are part of Japan's Scenic Trio.Gateway to Miyajima is Miyajimaguchi Station, about 30 min. from Hiroshima Station.Dec 02, 2015
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Miyajimaguchi StationDec 02, 2015
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How the Akishio was brought here in 2006. Museum Web siteJan 20, 2013
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Looks very complicated.Jan 20, 2013
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Periscopes made by Nikon?Jan 20, 2013
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We could look through the periscopes.Jan 20, 2013
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Two periscopes.Jan 20, 2013
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Pilot seats.Jan 20, 2013
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The bridge.Jan 20, 2013
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Captain's quarters. Outfitted with some communications gear at his bedside.Jan 20, 2013
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Captain's quarters. Still pretty cramped.Jan 20, 2013
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Bunk beds are short and narrow. Two men share one bunk bed as they sleep in turns.Jan 20, 2013
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Conference room.Jan 20, 2013
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Sleeping quarters on the Akishio submarine.Jan 20, 2013
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Shower and toilet sink on the Akishio.Jan 20, 2013
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Toilet on the Akishio submarine.Jan 20, 2013
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From the main building, we can cross over to the Akishio submarine.Jan 20, 2013
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Periscope replica.Jan 20, 2013
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Replica of submarine sleeping quarters.Jan 20, 2013
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Model of the SS Kuroshio sub.Jan 20, 2013
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Japanese submarine classes.Jan 20, 2013
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Flag of the Japanese navy.Jan 20, 2013
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The museum's main building has exhibits explaining about Japanese submarines.Jan 20, 2013
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Looks sturdy enough so the sub won't roll away in a large earthquake.Jan 20, 2013
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JMSDF Kure Museum is open 9 am to 5 pm (enter by 4:30 pm). Closed Tue. (open if a national holiday and closed on the Wed. instead). Free admission. Rudder and propeller of the Akishio submarine.Jan 20, 2013
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The JMSDF Kure Museum is JMSDF's submarine and minesweeping museum. It also has a surface ship museum in Sasebo, Nagasaki and an aircraft museum in Kanoya, Kagoshima.Jan 20, 2013
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The Akishio submarine was commissioned in March 1986 and decommissioned in March 2004. It was brought here in 2006. The sub is 76.2 meters long. Top speed was 20 knots underwater.Jan 20, 2013
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The museum has one normal building and this decommissioned submarine accessible from the main museum building. The submarine is largely intact on the inside.Jan 20, 2013
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The former Akishio submarine just stands out and can be seen from boats approaching Kure Port. Very impressive to be seen on land amid small cars passing by. The museum is a short walk from JR Kure Station.Jan 20, 2013
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The JMSDF (Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force) Kure Museum is mainly a submarine museum whose main attraction is the decommissioned Japanese sub called Akishio. The museum is conveniently right across the street from the Yamato Museum.Jan 20, 2013
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Battleship Mutsu plaque. After seeing the Yamato Museum, be sure to cross the street over to the submarine museum called the JMSDF (Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force) Kure Museum.Jan 20, 2013
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41-cm diameter gun from Battleship Mutsu, outside the Yamato Museum. Until the Yamato was built, the Mutsu was Japan's largest battleship.Jan 20, 2013
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Japanese Zero fighter cockpit.Jan 20, 2013
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Japanese Zero fighter.Jan 20, 2013
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About midget submarines.Jan 20, 2013
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Midget submarine cockpit.Jan 20, 2013
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Midget submarine cockpit.Jan 20, 2013
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Midget submarine.Jan 20, 2013
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Another large exhibition room had a Japanese Zero fighter plane, kaiten manned torpedo, and midget submarine.Jan 20, 2013
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Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto's connection with Kure. On the bridge of the Yamato, he commanded the fleet at the Battle of Midway.Jan 20, 2013
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One exhibition room has a model of the Battleship Yamato wreck.Jan 20, 2013
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Rudder and propellers of Battleship Yamato.Jan 20, 2013
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Propellers of Battleship Yamato.Jan 20, 2013
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Sample wood paneling used for the model deck.Jan 20, 2013
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All aboard!Jan 20, 2013
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The model even has little human figures.Jan 20, 2013
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