The team had an early start today as we bid the city of Kyoto a fond farewell and moved to take up residence in Hiroshima. On the way, we stopped at Himeji to visit the famous and oh-so-beautiful original castle that presides over the city from its fortified position on a hill. An obento picnic lunch was enjoyed within the castle grounds before beginning the ascent up the hill to explore the castle itself. The students were able to take in a lot of historical information along the way, soaking up the mysterious atmosphere of the castle proper. An incredible view was had at the very top of the castle keep before the team began their trek down the hill. The surrounding Japanese gardens were enjoyed by the team and the happy discussions of the students seemed to match the tranquility of this very green space.
Next, it was onwards to our new hotel, just opposite Miyajima (the island home of the famous floating Torii gate). After a lovely dinner, the team was treated to a private night boat cruise around this gate and its surrounds. We were very lucky to have this opportunity that most Japanese people may not get to experience themselves.
What a lovely way to finish the day this turned out to be. All students are safe and sound and looking forward to the adventures that tomorrow bring.
-Miss R and Mrs S