You are here


November 7, 2018

. お久しぶりです

Midterms aren’t east for anyone, in any country. Late October for college students can be a trying time, but lucky for IES Abroad Tokyo students, there was a light at the end of the tunnel: 4 days off of classes. Time off classes for study abroad students means that we get to travel without worrying about classes and getting homework done, which is all an international student can ask for. Some of my classmates used this time to go to some of their bucketlist destinations: Thailand, South Korea, Osaka, Sapporo, etc. For this break I chose to attend the IES Abroad sponsored trip to Hiroshima, and I’m so glad that I did.

On the first day of the trip, we spent most of our day traveling from Tokyo to Hiroshima on the shinkansen. When we arrived in Hiroshima, we went to the Peace Memorial Park. The park is dedicated go the victims of the Atomic bomb attack in 1945.



On the second day of the trip, we drove west of Hiroshima to Ikujima island to see Kosan-ji temple. It was built in 1936 by Koso Kosanji to honor his late mother, and is one of the coolest temples I’ve ever seen.





Next to the main hall of the temple, as a man-made cave filled with hundreds of Buddha statues and carvings. They say that if you find one that you have a spiritual connection with, you should leave them a coin for good luck.


On the hill above the temple is Miraishin no Oka, meaning hill of hope. It is made entirely out of white marble.




That day we also went to Senkoji park, which has amazing views.



We spent the third day of the trip on Miyajima island. For me, the best part of Miyajima were the deer that roam around the island.


As if cute deer weren’t enough, there’s also a Shiba Inu café.


The island is also home to Itsukushima shrine, which is specifically known for its ‘floating’ Tori Gate.




On the last day of the trip, we had a few hours of free time before we were supposed to leave for Tokyo. I decided to go Hiroshima castle, and the views did not disappoint.



For any IES Abroad students wondering if they should go on the IES Abroad planned fieldtrips, I say go for it. The staff truly know the best places to go and the greatest things to see.

From Our Blogs

Mar 21 12:57pm

My Trip to Ghana!

by Nia

This past week, I had the pleasure of traveling to Accra, Ghana with my home school, Howard University. I am a part of the fourth cohort of the Global Trilateral MBA Program, which connects students at multiple institutions around the world as we engage on consulting projects for real companies.

Learn more
Mar 21 12:44pm

Get Off Your Phone!

by Johnna

There’s one thing that the millennial generation can often unanimously agree on: our fingers are glued to our phones. It’s entirely apparent that today, the world is based around technology. This of course has its positives, but it also comes with an abundance of negatives.

Learn more
Mar 21 10:10am

An American in France

by Genevieve

Being an American in France looks different for just about everyone.

Learn more
Mar 20 10:56pm

Keen on getting involved

by Cat

It's three weeks into the semester at the University of Auckland, and I have started to become active in clubs and activities on campus. I play field hockey for the University of Rochester, so coming to New Zealand I knew I wanted to get involved in club field hockey here.

Learn more
Mar 20 4:22am

What I'm Learning in Rome

by Livia

We can’t forget the ‘study’ part of ‘study abroad!’

Learn more
Mar 19 8:49am

Estudiantes de Granada (Students of Granada)

by Michelle

Granada is a city that attracts a special kind of people. People here are looking to become immersed in culture, language, food, art, and so much more that this wonderful city has to offer. If you’ve been following my time here, then you’ve heard a little about what I’ve been doing.

Learn more