Bullet Train to Hiroshima
The Japanese Bullet Train is the best! Besides looking cool, it moves fast- around 200 mph (320 k/m) and has huge amounts of legroom.
Prior to boarding I needed to grab lunch in the train station. I cannot speak or read Japanese at all but still manage to grab a fun lunch.
These dumplings were great! A pork and onion filling with spicy mustard on top. Good stuff!
Ordering anywhere is really intimidating but most people here speak at least a little bit of English and the cash registers clearly show you the price. Easy peasy!
(crappy weather- the typhoon is a-coming!)
The bullet train brought my group to the land of the Carp- the Hiroshima Carp- the baseball team of Hiroshima. Their name makes me giggle. Carp is a pretty terrible tasting fish.
Once in Hiroshima, we walked to Hiroshima Castle. The castle is only a replica of the original as it was very close to ground zero of the atomic bombing in 1945. Hiroshima Castle and its grounds were home to a lot of military planning during WWII.
It was rebuilt in the 1950s. The view from the top gives a good view of the area where the bombing was centered.
Past the water where the domes are is the area below where the bomb exploded.
Hiroshima Castle is now a museum about Japanese history and culture. Samurai garb was available for kids to try on- I wanted to do it but it strictly said “No Adults”
We went right before closing so it was not crowded at all. Not a great museum but something else to do besides Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and Museum.
Dinner time was fun! A few of us from the group decided to try Hiroshima’s local favorite- Okonomyaki. Outside of restaurants you usually see a display of food to help decide if you want to eat there. This is super-helpful for tourists!
The menu at the Okonomyaki place we went to looked like this. I did some pointing.
I ordered the basic one with pork, green onion, noodles, cabbage, egg, and more. Basically it is a noodle pancake of sorts. A table mate ordered one topped with shrimp and oysters. The sauces accompanying it were spicy, sweet, or mayonnaise. My table much preferred the spicy sauce. The chef cooked them on the main grille and then placed them on the grille on the table to keep them warm.
Overall, it was a fun experience but the food was not amazing. Edible but not something I’ll order again. Oh well, still fun!
Reader Question: Have you ever tried okonomyaki? What did you think?