Hiroshima Off The Beaten Path

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    Otorii - the famous red gate of Miyajima

    by globetrott Written Nov 22, 2014

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    Otorii - the famous red gate of Miyajima

    Otorii is the name of the famous red gate of Itsukushima Shrine and it is one of the 3 most scenic spots in Japan. Gates like this are called Torii , they mostly have this red color, may be made of wood or stone and will always mark the borderline between the holy area of a temple and the rest of the world. We had been there in winter, and the water-level was high, while in low tide you will be able to walk directely to that gate. In my opinion it looks better when surrounded by water and it is hard to believe how many people are going to Miyajima every day,so it will be hard to find the perfect place to take a photo of this gate.
    Miyajima is not far from Hiroshima, our bus took about 30 minutes and there is a train as well with a station opposite of the ferry to the island. The ferry takes another 10-15 minutes and then you have to walk.

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    Miyajima: Tahoto Pagoda

    by globetrott Written Nov 22, 2014

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    Miyajima: Tahoto Pagoda

    There are some other temples as well like Tahoto Pagoda that was built uphill, not far from Itsukushima Shrine. Unfortunately we had no time to see a bit more of it than what I could see through my tele-lense.
    Another interesting sight of Miyajima was the remains of a holy tree that is believed to be more than 1000 years old and you will find it when walking back from the Itsukushima Shrine to the village. The tree is covered by a small house in order to protect it a bit against erosion. (my last 3 pictures !) Because the island is seen as sacred, trees may not be cut for lumber !

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    Miyajima: Grim Temple Guards

    by globetrott Written Nov 22, 2014

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    Miyajima: Grim Temple Guards

    Various Temple-guards are placed around the Itsukushima Shrine, they were made of solid bronze and looking quite grim in order to prevent bad ghosts from getting into the holy shrine. Something else that is interesting to know about the architecture of temples in Asia is the fact that the tiles mostly will include a symbol for a fish on top of the house -see my last picture. Such a fish should prevent the building from burning down, because the fish is living in the water.
    It would be nice when life would be that simple !

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    Miyajima: The Five-Tiered Pagoda

    by globetrott Written Nov 22, 2014

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    Miyajima: The Five-Tiered Pagoda

    The Five-Tiered Pagoda (Gojyu-no-tou ) is unfortunately off-limits for tourists, so we did also not go any closer but I was lucky to have my strong tele-lens with me, so I could take at least some photos of the beautiful ornaments of the facade as well.
    Gojyu-no-tou / The Five-Tiered Pagoda is a sight that you will see from almost any spot in Miyajima, because it was built on top of a small hill, overlooking the rest of the village.

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    Miyajima: Marodoharaiden / the "Purification Hall"

    by globetrott Written Nov 22, 2014

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    Miyajima: Marodoharaiden / the "Purification Hall"

    Marodoharaiden ("Purification Hall") is the largest building of the shrine and to a very large part of it there is access for the tourists and from there you will be able watch some ceremonies or take a look at the donations that were given to the temply by local companies.
    You have to pay a small amount of money to enter the temple and then you simply follow the crowds of people that want to explore the temples !

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    Make a halfday-trip to Miyajima !

    by globetrott Written Nov 22, 2014

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    Make a halfday-trip to Miyajima !

    The holy island of Miyajima has been worshipped as a god since more than 1400 years. In the year 593 the origins of Itsukushima Shrine was built and many other shrines and temples followed and nowadays Miyajima even became a UNESCO world cultural heritage site. The buildings of Itsukushima Shrine, that you see nowadys were constructed in 1168.
    The island of Miyajima is just 30 min from the citycentre of Hiroshima. Take the train or the bus to get there and then take a ferry, that is going over almost every 15 minutes !
    Miyajima is a destination for local people and for tourists alike and it was interesting to learn that before the 20th century women were not allowed to get to this island at all!
    The holy island of Miyajima has around 2000 inhabitants nowadays

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    Hiroshima Castle - now History Museum

    by Toshioohsako Updated Dec 1, 2010

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    Hiroshima Castle is sometimes overshadowed by other popular visit sites. It was built by Feudal KLord, Mori Terimoto in 1590 and was destroyed in the atomic bombing in 1945. Reconstructed in 1958. It has been transformed into a history museum. It is relatively small but a beautiful castle.

    How to get there: From Hiroshima Station, take a streetcar for Hiroden-Miyajima Guchi or Eba and get off at "Kamiya-cho Higashi" and walk for about 15 minutes.

    A flower exhibition in the castle

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    If you're interested in seeing...

    by GenkiMac Written Sep 12, 2002

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    If you're interested in seeing some real Japan and don't mind hanging out in the countryside with the oldies drop me a line and I'll set you up with a homestay with the most amazing hospitality you will ever receive. You can't know Japan without meeting the Japanese!

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    Kagura is a specialty of the...

    by GenkiMac Written Sep 12, 2002

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    Kagura is a specialty of the area in which I live (North of the prefecture). It is Shinto legends which are acted out on stage through dance and speeches. The legends differ from place to place but all contain heros and devils and if you are lucky dragons and Queens. It is truly a rich part of japanese tradition that you shouldn't miss. The music is unique and when professionals are performing, the synchronisation with the music is beautiful. The music is made up of a large drum, small drum, flute and a metal clappy instrument(the name of which I don't know!).
    There is a Kagura Theatre in Midori-cho, the town next to mine and it is called the 'Kagura Monzen Togimura.' During Kagura season there are performances every Saturday and Sunday but I will find out some more details for you shortly.
    Access is best by car but if you only have public transport then take the bus along the Chugoku Expressway which runs between Osaka and HIroshima and get off at 'Midori'. From there it is about a 2 or 3 km walk along one main road and it can't be missed. You could even try hitchhiking!
    For photos from a local production see the travelogue: Kagura

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    27 mins by train + 10 mins by...

    by Sharrie Written Sep 12, 2002

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    27 mins by train + 10 mins by ferry from Hiroshima is the celebrated shrine on Miyajima island.
    Acclaimed to be one of the 3 most beautiful spots in Japan, Itsukush ma Shrine is a must for everyone who made it as far as Hiroshima. Give yourself at least 4 hours to discover the beauty of this island. I shall upload all my photos of this amazing little island when VT has a locator for it. In the mean time, please proceed to its official site for further information.

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    Miyajima Island.

    by Sharrie Written Sep 1, 2002

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    27 mins by train + 10 mins by ferry from Hiroshima is the celebrated shrine on Miyajima island.
    Acclaimed to be one of the 3 most beautiful spots in Japan, Itsukush ma Shrine is a must for everyone who made it as far as Hiroshima. Give yourself at least 4 hours to discover the beauty of this island. I shall upload all my photos of this amazing little island when VT has a locator for it. In the mean time, please proceed to its official site for further information.

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    Sukkei-en gardenThere is more...

    by luciano Written Sep 5, 2002

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    Sukkei-en garden

    There is more than the Peace Park in Hiroshima city. Shukkei-en garden is a beautiful place for relaxing in the late afternoon, after been walking around the major sights.

    It was originally designed in 1620 by Nagaakira Asano, a feudal lord ruling this district.

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    Naked Chick Statue

    by Ike_2005 Updated Jun 25, 2005

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    I thought this was kind of odd to have out in public, but who am I to say. It's a statue of 4 naked chicks. We saw it on our way to the Castle.

    Naked Chick Monument

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    Bonzai!!!!!!

    by Ike_2005 Written May 29, 2005

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    I don't know if this really is a Bonzai tree or not, but I thought it was cool so I took the picture of it.

    Maybe a bonzai tree, maybe not, hell if I know

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    Culinary tip - Okonomiaki

    by hundertmorgen Updated Jun 22, 2004

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    Very good food for reasonable prices which you should not miss!

    We went to "Okonomi Mura" - Several floors of Okonomiyaki shops, right behind Parco... very energetic atmosphere here!

    yummy
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