The Five Yen of Happiness! Time in Hiroshima (featuring the ANA Crowne Plaza Hiroshima)
- I give in – I need a break (Introduction)
- To Heathrow and The BA Galleries North Lounge
- BA902 London Heathrow to Frankfurt Airport in Club Europe
- Bumbling around Frankfurt Airport with random #AVGeek spotting
- Meeting the A350 and the Air Canada Lounge
- Qatar Airways QR068 Frankfurt to Doha
- The joy of Hamad International Airport, and The Oryx Rotana Hotel
- Qatar Airways Flight QR812 Doha to Tokyo Haneda
- The Hotel JAL City Haneda Tokyo
- Shikansen Adventures to Hiroshima!
- Time in Hiroshima (featuring the ANA Crowne Plaza Hiroshima)
- Hirosihima – 70 years on
- A day trip to Itsukushima
- More Shinkansen fun to Kyoto (Featuring Kyoto Tower Hotel)
- A trip up to Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine
- Dinner with The real_jetsetr!
- The JR Central SC Maglev and Rail Museum
- Shinkansen to Tokyo
- The Strings by InterContinental
- Cheap evening – From the Tokyo Metropolitan Building
- The JR East Railway Museum, Saitama
- Shibuya nights
- Akihabara Days
- Gotta Catch them All! A few Pokemon Centres.
- Off to Narita
- Nartia Airport, The JAL Lounge
- Qatar Airways Flight QR807 Tokyo Narita to Doha
- Four and Half Hours in Doha Airport
- Qatar Airways Flight QR067 Doha to Frankfurt
- More time in Frankfurt
- BA8735 Frankfurt to London City Airport (Club Europe)
- And about that Five Yen Coin – The Sensoji Temple, Asakusa
With me in Hiroshima, it was time to work out how to get to the hotel. With me accessing the free Wi-Fi provided by W2, 7-11, and Hiroshima Free Wi-Fi (there’s an amazing amount of free Wi-Fi out there).
It became obvious the easiest way to get to the hotel would be on the Hiroshima Electric Railway. Or the tram as its better known as.
Now, whilst IC Cards are rampant in Japan there is also the small matter of which IC card works with which network. Those of you who have a year to work out where you can use what, please refer to the image below:
For those of us who can’t be bothered, it’s easier to pay the ¥160 when you exit the tram (yes, you pay on exit as opposed to pay on boarding).
Thankfully, Tram Number 1 deposits you near the ANA Crowne Plaza – which is helpful.
Hotel: The ANA Crowne Plaza Hotel
Price: £40 a night.
Yes, I couldn’t believe a Crown Plaza hotel could price that low. I headed in, and was welcomed.
With the formalities completed along with the benefits I get (two bottles of water from the minibar a day), it was time to head up to the room
Ok, a word about these. Japanese people love their fake chapels according to Texan In Tokyo (and if you’re not reading her blog, go there after you’ve read this). As a result, you’ll find chapels and such in hotels in Japan.
Going up to the room, I guess I didn’t know what to expect from a Japanese Crowne Plaza. The answer was something like other Crowne Plaza’s in the world… but different.
Firstly, the beds. And I’m not surprised in the least I got two singles for the price I paid.
The beds weren’t too bad in terms of comfort – I would had preferred them together though for more spare to lounge around in.
The room space was reasonable – definitely large by Japanese standards.
Moving onto my one disappointment with this property was the use of shared soap, conditioner and lotion. I would had expected these to be individual bottles.
Still – it be worse. The products seemed to the job when I was needing them. Moving onto the rest of the bathroom, there were all the usual niceties.
Internet speeds were more than acceptable as I managed to get a lot done whilst at the hotel.
But whilst a hotel room is nice, it’s also good to explore.
As well as Peace Park and the A-Bomb Dome not being far away, the hotel is a short walk from the SOGO department store (which contains a Pokémon Centre) and the more local Hondori Shopping Street.
Let’s have a wander.
Gotta have a McDonalds. (Well, not me. I went to another chain).
Isn’t that the name of a sled?
There was even a chance to catch up with local drinks…
Pepsi Strong Zero? It’s got extra carbonation and extra caffeine. Allegedly.
Now, I’ll be honest – I enjoy eating Rice Balls (Onigiri) or Instant Ramen… but sometimes, I do like something more filling. Thankfully I spotted a curry house chain – CoCo Ichibanya!
Sample menu – helpful as it’s in multiple languages. If you’re pre-disposed, the menu is available for download too
A few language issues later, lots of bowing and pointing – and I was on my way!
Japanese Curry is not like Indian curries – it is much more a stew based curry than anything else. As a result, it’s a lot thicker. Which is pretty good to me! The sauce didn’t dampen the chicken cutlet – which was nice to see (again, put that down to the thickness of the sauce).
And the taste was rich and flavourful – these are things I like. And it was a mere ¥732 for a plateful.
I could get used to this.
There’s another adventure in Hiroshima area I want to share with you, and that’s the time a deer at my luggage tag.
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