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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5.0a month ago
Loved the deer, though I'm sure most of the reviews mention them. Lovely little stalls along the main boardwalk as well.
Unfortunately the shrine was under renovation at the time, but it didn't detract from the experience overall. Enjoyed my evening on the island nonetheless
5.0a month ago
Yes it is touristy but definitely worth going. The tori gate is huge and stands beautiful on the beach. You won’t be alone but take the time to go next to it. You have a lot of food options nearby and it is worth exploring the small street and the temple higher in the hills.
3.02 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.
5.03 weeks ago
Hiroshima is one of the most interesting places I have ever been in the world. This water shrine in the bay of Hiroshima is a must see, while your trip through Japan. Itis located in front of a small island and offers you a view about the incredible landscape and modern city of Hiroshima. MUST SEE!
5.0a week 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!!