Saturday, July 21, 2018

Hiroshima Trip 2018 - Day 1 - Sheraton Grand Hiroshima Hotel (Stay 2 nights)

After a tiring day(did not get to sleep in the plane,red eye flight), we finally get to check in around 3pm. Our first two night, we would be staying at Sheraton Grand Hiroshima Hotel, is not cheap, cost around S$200 + plus with morning breakfast. As this will be a very relaxing trip, we wanted some luxury and comfort, so we dont mind paying for the price. The room is very spacious and most importantly, the location is very convenient, just next to Hiroshima Train Station and the Airport Limousine Stop. For the next three nights, we will move over to the opposite hotel (Hotel Granvia - just facing opposite Sheraton Grand Hotel).

The room is very spacious with two double beds.

At the corner, there's a executive desk, great for doing some surfing and working.

The sink is not in the bathroom but just outside the bathroom facing the beds. Dont think this is a good idea. I woke earlier than hubby, so brushing my teeth at the outside sink, actually woke him up haha.

The bathtub and toilet are in two separate enclosure.

Pantry looked impressive but not all items are complimentary, only the mineral water and coffee and tea bags are complimentary.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Hiroshima Trip 2018 - Day 1 - Hiroshima Station

For our first two nights stay, we were be staying at Sheraton Grand Hotel Hiroshima. The hotel is just next to the bus stop of Airport Limousine. It is less than few minutes walk from the bus stop.

The check in time will be 3 pm, so we just left our luggages with the reception and went for our lunch. The hotel is linked to Hiroshima Station on Level 2.

The hotel is near to the Shinkasen Station Exit.

No problem finding food in Hiroshima Station, lots of restaurants in the station and also in shopping malls near the station. We found a nice cozy restaurant on street level near the North Side Exit of Hiroshima Station. Had beef patties with tempura prawns and bread and Japanese Curry Pork Cutlet with rice.

After lunch, we walked around the area near Hiroshima Station, lots of hotels in the vicinity. But the two hotels we booked is just beside Hiroshima Station, very convenient and no problem if there's rain, there's linkway with shelter from the train station to the hotels.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Hiroshima Trip 2018 - Day 1 - How to go to Hiroshima Station from Hiroshima Airport

How to go to Hiroshima Station from Hiroshima Airport?

Once we cleared the immigration and collected our luggages, we exited the arrival hall. Walked out and turned right towards the bus stop to board the Airport Limousine to Hiroshima Station.

Hiroshima Airport is a very small airport, there's an information desk to handle all enquiries.

Walked towards Bus Stop No.2 and turn right into the ticketing office to purchase tickets for the Airport Limousine.

The duration of the Airport Limousine is about 20 minutes and the trip takes about 50 minutes from the airport to Hiroshima Station.

Fare (One-way):Adult 1,340yen, Child 670yen

Round-trip tickets(valid for 7 days from the purchase):Adult 2,420yen, Child 1,210yen

We bought the round trip tickets.

After purchasing the tickets, we queue at Bus Stop No. 2. Big luggages can be stored at the luggage compartment of the bus. No need to rush for seats, the bus is very frequent with every 20 minutes for the next bus.

After about 50 minutes, we arrived at Hiroshima Station. The place where we alighted is also the place we would be boarding on our last day from Hiroshima Station to Hiroshima Airport.

Friday, July 13, 2018

Hiroshima - Flooding

I am so sad about the recent flooding in Japan and the worst hit was Hiroshima. I was back about 1 week from Hiroshima, before the flooding and thinking back, I could be stranded if the flooding occured earlier. The places I visited were all flooded and the train that I took was stopped cause of damage to the railroad and roads were blocked due to landslide.

Even the road to the airport was blocked and airlines cancelled the flights.

The worst hit area in Hiroshima was in Kure which I visited on the second last day of my trip. It was raining heavily then but stopped as soon as I reached Kure. I could have been stranded here for a week if the flooding occured back then. The whole town was locked in, railroad damaged, roads blocked by landslide and flooding. Really very sad. Read the news the railroad could take about a month to repair and roads about a week.

Pray for those affected by the flood and the loss of lives and homes.

Now it makes me thinking to plan better for my next trip, really need bring a small emergency kit, torch light and dry snacks on sightseeing incase being stranded. Even the supermarket run out of food and water.

Thursday, July 05, 2018

Hiroshima Trip 2018 - Day 1 - Silkair (Using the silkair studio inflight entertainment)

Silkair is a full flight service but they dont have those individual screen behind each seat for inflight entertainment. We need to bring our own ipad or smartphone to watch movies or listening to music using the Silkair Studio wifi. Unless you are in business class, they will would loan you the ipad to watch movies.

I brought my own ipad but need to download the silkair studio first before boarding incase got problem loading the apps in the plane. Read more from Silkair website about the features.

There's an instruction sheet in the seat pocket, just follow the instructions to log into Silkair Wifi. (Watch my video below).

There's a screen above for entertainment but on silent mode. I guess can use the headphone to connect into the sound button in the seat (I did not try).

Left with only one choice for the breakfast meal (ours was a red eye flight). Chicken nasi lemak, was really good and the Japanese noodle with sauce.

Watch the video below, Hiroshima has many mountains and the Hiroshima Airport is on top of the mountain.

Video on how to use the Silkair Studio in the plane.