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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4.04 months ago
Beautiful island with little temples and shrines scattered around. You can eat all sorts of sea food, octopus, oysters, sea cucumbers, you name it. There are cute wild deer walking around, trying to get some food. Beautiful sunset if the weather allows. Would have put 5 stars but the main attraction, the red Tori gate in the water, is under maintenance and covered in scaffolds.
3.07 months ago
(FOUR STARS at the right time)
We visited while the Tori gate was under construction which meant that we couldn’t see it at all. The shrine is also very beautiful but it would be much cooler to see on a high tide. The island is very beautiful and great for souvenir shopping. The maple cakes are also very good! You should try them, they’re not too sweet. Custard and chocolate are my favourites. The island also gives you a bit of access to beach which is nice to see if you’ve been in the city your whole trip otherwise.
5.04 months ago
I came here in July 2019, and it is one of the most stunning places in the world. Here, you can see the one of the world's largest torii, floating above the beach and being submerged in the water in high tide. Then there are the beautiful temples and deer in the mountains. I strongly recommend a half to full day trip here.
3.04 months ago
When we visited, unfortunately the gates were enclosed in scaffolding, though that's a good thing for future visitors. The shrine is bright, beautiful, and on the water, with deer walking freely about! However, they charge a good amount for admission.
5.05 months ago
We absolutely loved this shrine. It is so beautiful and so unique! Make sure you visit when it’s high tide so that all the water is around the shrine. During low tide, the area around the shrine just looks like mud.
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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!!