I catch the 6.59 to Hiroshima with seconds to spare.
A very pleasant journey on the Hikari “super express”. Aptly named, as it covers 341 km in just 95 minutes. The “Nozomi” (the only service not covered by the Japan Rail Pass) does it even quicker.
Navigating Hiroshima looks like a breeze compared to Osaka; 20 minutes after arrival I’m checked into the hotel thanks to the help of the tram system and a random cheery passerby. A little later I wander into “AUX Dining” and chat away with the owner for a little while; he recommends the Peace Park, Shukkien Garden, Hiroshima Castle and Miyajima.
That should keep me busy for the next day and a half…