159 Kms from Oita
Activate JR Rail pass- Day 5KYOTO [ Departure track No.13 ] 7 AM HIROSHIMA [ Arrival track No.12 ] 9.10 AM- SHINKANSEN HIKARI 491Start/9:30am: Hiroshima Station- After arriving at Hiroshima Station, grab a map at the Tourist Information Center in the station and maybe a cup of coffee. Then, leave via the south exit and head to the street tram stop in front of the station (make sure you have some change to cover the Y160 fare). Take tram #2 or #6 and get off at Genbaku-domu-mae (A-Bomb Dome) about 10 minutes later.9:45am: Atomic Bomb Dome- You can easily see the famous Atomic Bomb Dome from where you get off the tram. Take some time to observe this sobering sight, then cross nearby Motoyasu-bashi Bridge across the Motoyasu-gawa River and enter the Peace Memorial Park.10:30am: Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum- I suggest heading straight through the Peace Memorial Park to the Peace Memorial Museum because you want to get there as early as possible to avoid the crowds that descend on the museum as the day progresses. Allow about 90 minutes to explore the museum thoroughly.Return to Hiroshima Station- To reach the ferry port from Hiroshima Station, take the JR Sanyo Line to Miyajimaguchi Station (25 minutes, 410 yen one way, covered by the Japan Rail Pass).Arrive Miyajima - Upon arrival on the island, it’s very easy to get oriented. Just walk south along the shoreline in the direction of the famous “floating shrine gate.” Walking from the pier, this means going to your right.12 PM : Itsukushima-jinja Shrine- Take some time to explore Itsukushima-jinja Shrine and pose for the obligatory photo of yourself with the floating shrine gate in the background.1:00Pm: Daisho-in Temple- From Itsukushima-jinja, it’s an easy 10-minute walk up to Daisho-in Temple. It’s clearly marked and you can usually just follow the crowds. Take a good hour to explore the temple.2 PM : Momiji-dani-koen Park- After lunch, follow the small Mitarai-gawa River up into Momiji-dani-koen Park. Mt. Misen via Miyajima Ropeway- Continue up the valley, following the river, to reach the base station of the Miyajima Ropeway. Take the gondola/cable car up to the top station, near the summit of Mt. Misen. Walk from the top station for about 30 minutes to reach the true summit and check out the temples, shrines and views there. From the Niomon Gate down to Daisho-in Temple takes about an hour.4pm: Finish in the village- If you walk down from Mt. Misen at a leisurely pace, you’ll be back in the village around 4pm. If you’re staying the night on Miyajima, return to your lodgings. Otherwise, head to the piers for a ferry back to the mainland (Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park or Miyajima-guchi and on to Hiroshima).
147 Kms from Oita
Resting cozily between the Ishizuchi mountain range to the south and Takanawa Mountains to the north, Matsuyama is a perfect example of sleepy countryside city. If you are a hot spring enthusiast, Dōgo Onsen won’t disappoint you. This allegedly oldest public bath in Japan is a star attraction of the city. The highlight of the city lies in the literary chattels thanks to a native called Masaoka Shiki who is attributed with revitalizing Japanese poetry and modernizing its themes. The French inspired architecture of Bansuiso was constructed in Taishō Era in 1922. The once venue of many elite parties is now used as the Museum of Art's annex. The two floors proudly showcase ink paintings by Shiki, Sōseki, and other Ehime residents. Dōgo Kōen is an important part of Matsuyama's identity because it harbors the ruins of Yuzuki Castle. The 14 years of excavation over 30,000 square meter successfully retrieved castle, gardens, and residences.