We feel very fortunate to have had Mayumi as our guide today. Staying in Kyoto, we could devote only a day trip to visit the Hiroshima area, arriving at just before 10am and leaving early evening. Mayumi was however extremely organised enabling us to make the very best of our time. She also spoke excellent English, was knowledgeable about the sites and historical context and was also friendly and accommodating to our particular interests. The morning was spent on Miyajima Island. Although the famous Torii Gate is currently covered for renovation, there is so much more to see. We particularly enjoyed the Daishoin Buddhist Temple with many fascinating religious objects like the spinning scripture wheels up the steps, groping through the dark cave with the icons and all the little statues of the followers of Buddha with cute woolen caps. Mayumi then suggested lunch at a place which served delicious conga eel with rice. To be honest I was a bit uncertain, but it was absolutely delicious. In the afternoon we went back to Hiroshima, visiting the Peace Memorial Museum and Park. Mayumi again proved an excellent guide providing much background to the emotional exhibits. She also helped us make origami cranes to leave with all the others from around the World at the Children's Peace Monument. Finally returning to the station area Mayumi suggested a great and cheap okonomiyaki place to eat before our train left. Recommended.
Dear Andrew, Thank you so much for leaving me such an amazing review. I am definitely fortunate to read what you wrote and thrilled to know that you loved your experience yesterday. Yes, you are right! Although the famous Torii Gate in Miyajima is currently covered for renovation, there is so much more to see and enjoy. I have been always grateful for your considerate and caring attitude even from the very beginning of our communication. Please give my best regards to your beautiful wife and wonderful children. Isabel, please continue your study about Japan and let me know when you return to Japan someday. Next time I would like to welcome you as your Japanese friend, Not as a guide :) Best, Mayumi