George's Round The World Trip Journal travel blog

Well, I ended up taking a high speed train from Osaka to Hiroshima and it was absolutely fantastic. These bullet trains are so fast that they feel like they are planes about to take off. The literally travel at 300km/h and they only make brief stops between cities (it seemed like 3 minutes). Everyone is very quick to get on and off and there are trains that seem to run every 15-20 minutes between cities. You can literally buy a ticket at the station, walk over to the line, and within 10 minutes be on your way to the next major city. There are no security checks or bag simply grab whatever you want and bring it with you on the train. They have 15 cars per train and each car must house at least 40 people (maybe more as I didn't actually count). But from the outside, you cannot see the end of the train from either side so it is quite massive. The first train that we took we ended up paying for unreserved seating which means sitting in cars 1-3. The rest of the cars generally have more room and less passengers but all cars seem to be quite fine. Preya and I ended up boarding on car number 15, so we were asked to move to car 1-3 after the train got going. It seemed like we walked for quite a while to get to the first cars but it was relatively easy to walk in between each of the train cars even at high speed as the train is very smooth. After walking through the train cars, we got to see Reserved seats and what they call Green Seats. Green Seats are a lot like executive first class and it looks very posh. But by no means is the cheapest seats all that bad. I would recommend the cheapest seats whenever travelling as the ride is so fast that you probably won't really get to enjoy the higher end seats unless you are travelling across the entire country.

Hiroshima is a nice city. I knew a little bit about it's role in history from school but I had no idea at how quickly it had been rebuilt. It is truly a magnificent city with well over a million people living there today. The people who live there are quite friendly and we were even stopped by a few groups of school children who had the task of talking to tourists and asking for peace messages to write down on their school books. It was quite interesting as they were practising their English but most of them were just memorizing specific phrases and hadn't really learned enough to make sentences yet. I ended up going to the main park in Hiroshima with the memorial, A-Bomb dome, and the museum dedicated to the entire incident around the bombing of Hiroshima back in August 6, 1945. I even got to visit a nearby island to Hiroshima which has some interesting structures and shrines. Pictures of Hiroshima can be found here.

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