EDIT: Flickr account here for more photos for Day 2 and on. My Day 1 photos are at Photobucket but there isn’t much to see there (I stopped using PB since the uploading was messed up…)
I started my ventures from Kyoto by heading off to Hiroshima first. After arriving at Hiroshima-eki by Shinkansen from Kyoto (JR Pass for the whole country is extremely helpful and money saving), I went on the JR ferry to Miyajima/Itsukushima, home to the famous Itsukushima Shrine.
There’s a bunch of Sika deer on the island and watch out, if they see you holding any paper item, they will go over and eat it.
Now, I will let the pictures do the talking.
I was lucky since I was able to see the shrine when there was still water surrounding it and when it was during low tide.
After I left Miyajima and returned to Hiroshima, I took some local JR lines to go to Hiroshima-ji aka Hiroshima Castle. It was raining really hard so no pictures!