Ideas from the hostel notice board

Thursday night was dragging on. Beer cans strewn across the maps, nut packets ripped open, hostelers from many lands moving around the small lounge area and kitchen. And no plan for Saturday afternoon.

With a few nights in K’s House at Hiroshima, our group of 4 guys had enough time to get in the Hiroshima Atomic Bomb Memorial and Peace Park, Miyajima, and Castle. Even time for a (long) day trip to Mt Aso volcano on Kyushu.

I really prefer not to over plan trips. Now with the added responsibility of the group’s tour organiser, Saturday afternoon remained frustratingly free and not organised. And hostel rooms are not really intended for much other than sleeping.

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I’ve got the left one on, what’s next?
K’s House, Hiroshima

Desperation. So to the notice board. What ideas do other intrepid travelers have? That secret place that few visitors get to? That hidden shrine? That guided tour of the Castle? That inspiring hike along breathtaking trails? That perfect photo spot? No, Sake Town!

Saijo. The centre of sake brewing in Hiroshima. Thanks to a glowing review pinned on the board, unanimous agreement was easy.

Saijo and Sake Town, here we come!


About TonyJ2

I live in the Blue Mountains west of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. I started writing stories about my trips to Japan largely to be able to print them out for my Mum to read. Now it has got a bit out of control. After nine trips, 100+ posts and another 200 in rough draft, my irregular postings on Having a Ball in Japan will go on for a few years yet. Having a Ball in Japan is not just a bunch of travel photos, and picks up my interests in the history and culture of Japan, emergency services and disaster management, as well as hours travelling by railways big, small and tiny. Awareness to Action takes the emergency services and disaster management theme deeper into experience and resilience. Effectively Awareness to Action is my professional blog. My partner and I have been lucky enough to do a fair bit of travel both in Australia and overseas. Escaping the Nest chronicles our times in United States, France, The Netherlands, Belgium, Italy and soon to be Ireland. Tony
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One Response to Ideas from the hostel notice board

  1. Nyasha says:

    I’ve been to the memorial park and got to pay my respects. I met an interesting Japanese man who had travelled around the world.


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