The small island of Miyajima is considered one of three great views in Japan, alongside with Matsushima and Ama-no-hashidate. The island itself has long been worshiped, and its shrine was listed a World Heritage Site in 1996. The 'floating' view in the sea of the building and torii gate is dreamlike against the backdrop of a mountain with primeval forest.
Other attractions include a five-story pagoda and a huge prayer hall with nearly 1,000 tatami mats. There are a park, an aquarium and spaces where you can stroll around with deer. Try some local delicacies such as rice with steamed 'anago' eel and roasted oyster. For souvenir, sweet bun in the shape of maple leaf (momiji-manju), which dates back over a century, has an exquisite fluffy taste.
Purposesurreal&cool,spiritual places,cherry blossom viewing,shrine/temple,sightseeing,major
Airport/Sta.Hiroshima Airport (about 58.7km) Google Transit
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5.0a month ago
Visited here for my husbands birthday - really cute but one day and night is enough. Do your research into dinner places as there are some spectacular sushi places and Ryokan’s with rooftop spa’s! Must visit. Adorable wild deer that are also really friendly.
5.0in the last week
Easily a day trip from Hiroshima, check the tidal time to make sure you will see both high and low tides. In the meantime you can go shopping or enjoy the great nature and view at mount Misen. You can even make a day trip from Kyoto to both Hiroshima and Miyajima island. If you have JR pass both the trains and ferries are included
5.0a week ago
Cute deer, nice views. If you have time and energy climb Mt Misen the views are definitely worth it. You can also take a cable car to the peak.
5.03 months ago
A special place to visit. Go prepared with snacks and drinks if you’re travelling on a budget. The food stalls there are not cheap. Other than that just go and enjoy the place. Hike if you are able and enjoy the views from the top. There is a cable car to the top if you’re short of time or can’t walk the 90 minutes to two hours it’s meant to take. We went twice to see the Tori Gate at both high and low tides.
5.02 months ago
Great island. Otorii gate was really cool. Do Not feed the deer. They will harass and follow you until you have nothing left to give. Oysters were delicious.