30 Nov '13, 9am
My weekly restaurant round up is now published, covering Hiroshima and Kyoto:
Saturday, November 30th , 2013 Hiroshima is over 500 miles west of Tokyo, yet the fastest shinkansen train whisks you there in just four hours. The city, for obvious reasons, is generally pretty modern in terms of its architecture, though they have restored the castle nicely and there is a pretty garden called Shukkeien, which contains a solitary tree that survived the nuclear blast. 17 miles west of Hiroshima (half an hour on a local train plus a ferry) is the lovely island of Miyajima, which has one of the most famous sights in Japan, the torii gate (pictured) of the Itsukushima shrine, which due to the tide usually appears to be floating in the water (except at low tide, when it is fully on dry land). Nakashima was granted three Michelin stars in the 2013 special edition of Michelin to Hiroshima. It is a kaiseki restaurant and was very good. It would not compete with th...