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
This shrine is as beautiful as they say it is. I highly recommend anyone to spend at least one night on the island so you can visit the shrine before it gets super touristy with day tourists.
Also I do advise checking out the boat ride across the bridge if you get the chance!
5.0in the last week
A very beautiful and peaceful place. It's very old but extremely well preserved. The views of the Tori gate are amazing. Well worth the ¥300 entrance free. It's a one-way walk through coming from the harbour.
5.0a week ago
Rain or sunshine, it’s a must visit! Although the views aren’t that great in the rain, it was still something I was very happy to have seen in person.
Be mindful of the deer on the island. The whole place is a quaint little town and if you can stay a night I recommend you do.
5.0a month ago
This shrine is beautiful to see. Words cannot really describe it if I'm honest. It's worth going through the castle to see the shrine from there. Make sure you view the shrine with the tide both in and out - it's incredible on both occasions. Watch out for those deer! They're sleeping where you may not suspect and will try to eat your food.
5.03 weeks ago
Amazingly beautiful shrine. So much beauty to see in such a small area. Great grounds and architecture, Wonderful goshuin!! The staff was so friendly and helpful. Thank you!! I was lucky to see a wedding while there. A great experience and I would recommend a visit.
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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!!