World Heritage: Itsukushima Shrine4.8
This shrine, located on an island of the Seto Inland Sea, is worldly famous for its 'floating' view on the sea. The 10-minute ferry from Miyajima-guchi Station takes you to the island, and you will be greeted by numerous roaming deer. The long approach is studded with food stalls with inviting local treats such as fried fishcake (satsuma-age), roasted oyster and maple-shaped sweet bun (momiji-manju).
As you walk through a main hall and a noh theater stage, you will come to the spot where you can get a great view of 16m-high vermilion gate standing in the sea. You must, however, check out the tide of the day in advance. At high tide, it is time to appreciate the floating view of the shrine or enjoy a cruise going through the gate. At low tide, you can probably walk towards the gate and even touch it.
If you have enough time, stroll 10 minutes to the ropeway that will take you to the upper part of Mount Misen (535m) offering a sweeping view of the sea. Another highlight is a night cruise to see an enchanting illumination of the shrine.
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Airport/Sta.Matsuyama Airport (about 63km) Google Transit
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5.03 weeks ago
It is amazing place. Great nature, shrine and famous Tori, although it is close due to the reconstruction it is still great. Also the treasury hall is nice to visit. The price for Shine and Treasury Hall is 500 yen. If you have JR PASS you can get to the island just using it.
5.02 weeks ago
Number one tip: be there early! The JR Pass covers the local train from Hiroshima station and the ferry ride, so keep an eye open for early trains. Groups usually come in around 10:30/11am, so try to beat the crowd if you can! You'll be able to get amazing pictures and you'll be out of the shrine as people get in. This will give you a head start for the street food! Also, the deers are quite something; be careful if you're handling food or have a bag as they may try to have a taste!
5.02 weeks ago
Watching the high tide consume the base of the tori gate and go all the way up to the planks of the temple was amazing, especially because it happens so quickly. Great place to come if you're with your family or young children.
There are a lot of booths with food and souvenirs around and the occasional show or traditional march or dance as well.
Pics attached are the area about half an hour apart at sunset. (6pm-ish)
4.0in the last week
Shrine was fully enclosed in scaffolding. But the mountain hike at sunset made up for it. Great view from the top - even if the observatory is closed. Well worth it.
5.0a month ago
A highly recommended must visit Island if you are visiting Hiroshima. This temple is one the unique temple which was built on the sea and the view from here is great (one of the good spot to take the giant Floating Torii Gate’s, and the mountain behind it). The deer here were more “polite” than those in Nara.
Definitely will visit again as the day trip to this island was not enough and shall spend at least a night or longer to enjoy this beautiful island.
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Miyajima is one of the World Heritage Sites in Japan and the popular tourists destination. Located off the coast of Hiroshima, the serene beauty of the island is an essential spot. You will walk around the island including Great Red T...
Miyajima is one of the World Heritage Sites in Japan and the popular tourists destination. Located off the coast of Hiroshima, the serene beauty of the island is an essential spot.
You will walk around the island including Great Red Torii Gate, Itsukushima Shrine, Daishoin Temple, and so on.
You enjoy the trip all year round.
Spring --You can enjoy beautiful cherry blossoms.
Summer --Fireworks displays and summer festivals are held. Canoe and cycling on the island are enjoyable.
Fall -- The island are covered with vivid autumnal leaves. Especially Momijidani Park is splendid.
Winter--Oysters are in season!!