Miyajima Travel Guide

  • View from Mount Misen
    View from Mount Misen
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    Itsukushima Shrine
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Miyajima Things to Do

  • Itsukushima Shrine

    If you are in the Hiroshima city, you must visit Itsukushima-Jinjya in Miyajima. It's the shrine (not a temple) with famous red torii (gate) in the water, but has lots more than just the torii. Unfortunately, the building including the gate is not the original one. Since it was originally built in 593, it has been damaged by fires and tyhoons...

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  • Mount Misen

    Mount Misen is a historic holy mountain on Miyajima established by the Priest Kukai, also known as Kobo Daishi, founder of the Shingon sect of Buddhism. There are religious sites on the mountain and those wanting to experience it as a spiritual site should consider taking the hiking trails, but there is also a ropeway that can take you to the...

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  • Five-Tiered Pagoda

    The beautiful curved roofs of the Goju-no-to Pagoda and strinking vermilion colouring are a familiar sight on the island of Miyajima. Standing on a hill overlooking the bay and Itsukushima Shrine, the pagoda was built in 1407 and is a curious mix of Chinese and Japanese architectural styles. The curved roofs show the Chinese influences while the...

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  • Daisho-in Temple

    Being located on Miyajima, Daisho-in Temple tends to get overlooked in favor of Itsukushima Shrine, but it's a very worthwhile place to visit. It was founded in the 12th century and Emperor Meiji stayed here in 1885. The complex is large with a lot to explore. The Kannon-do Hall is the main building housing the temple's Kannon statue. There's also...

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  • Daisho-in Temple

    Being located on Miyajima, Daisho-in Temple tends to get overlooked in favor of Itsukushima Shrine, but it's a very worthwhile place to visit. It was founded in the 12th century and Emperor Meiji stayed here in 1885. The complex is large with a lot to explore. The Kannon-do Hall is the main building housing the temple's Kannon statue. There's also...

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  • Mount Misen

    Mount Misen is a historic holy mountain on Miyajima established by the Priest Kukai, also known as Kobo Daishi, founder of the Shingon sect of Buddhism. There are religious sites on the mountain and those wanting to experience it as a spiritual site should consider taking the hiking trails, but there is also a ropeway that can take you to the...

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Miyajima Restaurants

  • Fried Momiji Manju

    Aside from the shrine, Miyajima is very famous for momiji manju, a delicious sweet traditionally filled with bean paste but are now sold with a variety of fillings. While momiji manju is definitely tasty, the Momiji-do found a way to take it and make it even better!Instead of just selling momiji manju, Momiji-do takes theirs, puts it on a stick,...

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  • Great Place for Lunch

    Miyajima Coffee is a nice, modern cafe with meals that are both delicious and affordable. They have great sets of Butter Chicken Curry and Omurice, both of which tasted excellent. I was surprised with the curry. It's not an Indian restaurant, yet the curry was good and tasted Indian. The Omurice was topped with beef and tasted reminiscent of a...

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  • Restaurant on the mainland area

    At the ferry pier on the mainland side, there is a restaurant filled with people. So we decided to check it out and had our lunch there.The specialty of that restaurant is Anago Meshi ( Grilled Sea eel on rice.) And it turned out to be extremely delicious. For about $10USD, I thought it was a good deal.

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Miyajima Nightlife

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    by CO-Chad Updated Oct 13, 2006

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    If you're looking for bars or discos, this is probably not the spot for you. However, do stay the night at one of island's hotels and come down to the beach at night. Itsukushima Jinja and its famous floating torii is especially striking lit up at night. If you've got a boat, you can even sail under the gate. I'm not sure if this is discouraged, but at this time of night, not many people are watching.

    Sailing under the floating torii
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Miyajima Transportation

  • Ferry to Miyajima

    Getting to Miyajima couldn’t be easier. You first take the tram to the Miyajima-guchi station – red line on the tram map. The station is the last stop on the line...20 stops from Hiroshima station and 10 stops from the A-Bomb Dome stop. The fare to Miyajima-guchi is more than the normal fare at ¥250.Once you reach the station cross over to the...

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  • get to the ferry by car or by train

    By car or by train from Hiroshima to the ferry that takes you to Miyajima will take between 20 and 30 minutes through the suburbs of Hiroshima without any special sights. It was interesting for me to see many streets on stilts.From the train-station it is just a few meters to the ferry and there is also a large carpark.There is a giant hall for...

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  • it is a nice and easy walk to the...

    It is a nice and easy walk along the beach to the Itsukushima Shrine & O-torii-gate and you will pass by a lot of great photo-opportunities along that way. On the way TO the shrine I may suggest that you take the path along the beach and on your way back you might want to take the street through the village with lots of restaurants and...

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Miyajima Shopping

  • Wooden items

    The arcade stretches from Itsukushima shrine all the way to the Zonkoji temple. There are plenty of small shops and restaurants to fill the needs of tourists. It's always crowded with people, so if you're not into buying souvenirs, you might like to avoid it altogether. while in Miyajima, the local specialities include traditional wooden rice...

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  • Do not hesitate

    So we found this shop selling "Miyajima Only" Hello Kitty stuff. One of them is the Hello Kitty Sand Garden. So we thought this cannot be "Miyajima Only" and we should be able to find it after we get back to Tokyo.And we never found it again in Tokyo or Osaka.So, don't be lazy when you see certain items sold in certain regions only. When they put...

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  • Maple Leaf Lover's Dream

    All the shops carry the maple leaf motif in some form on their goods. It could be a silk scarf or maple leaf-shaped cookies, but it is virtually everywhere. The maple flavored cookies are to die for! Under 1000 yen, or about US $10

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Miyajima Local Customs

  • Deer

    You won't be on Miyajima long before you run into a few of the local four legged inhabitants. The deer of Miyajima are as famous as the deer at Nara and are revered as sacred animals. In the Japanese Shinto religion, deer are deeply respected as they are believed to be messengers of the gods. On Miyajima as in Nara the deer are allowed to wander...

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  • Donations that were given to the temple

    Donations that were given as a present to the temple are mostly shown at the entrance of the temples and they are always a good advertisment for the companies who had given these donations. For us tourists they mostly make a great opportunity to take an exotic picture, maybe of rice-sacks or maybe some wine, who knows,they are colorful and unique...

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  • clean your hands before you enter the...

    For believers it is compulsory to clean their hands before they enter the shrine. For tourists this is not really necessary but in any case it is interesting to watch this ceremony that follows a certain method of cleaning first the mouth, then the hands and finally the instrument,that was used in order to take the water from the well, so it will...

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Miyajima Warnings and Dangers

  • Hungry Deer

    As I have outlined in more detail in my local customs tip, you wont have to wait long before you encounter herds of freely wandering deer on Miyajima. However, caution is needed around these cute creatures as although not dangerous and almost domesticated, these deer are hungry and will eat ANYTHING. There are even warnings at the ferry port...

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  • Watch the Weather!

    While I was in Miyajima, a typhoon was approaching. Fortunately, I caught the last ferry out, but had I been better prepared, I could have avoided that mess and took my time exploring Miyajima. Most likely, this will not happen to you, but because they shut down the ferries during typhoons and bad weather, if you want to avoid being trapped on the...

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  • Shops Close very early

    The restaurants and shops in Miyajima close at about 5:30pm. I couldn't see any restaurants nor shops are open when i was there on a wednesday. My advice is eat before you take the ferry there if you are going there after 5pm.

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Miyajima Tourist Traps

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    by Bilimari Written May 8, 2005

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    It's the souvenir shop mile, to and from the Itsukushima shrine.

    Most shops carry similar items.

    Unique Suggestions: Must buy items:
    - Maple leaf shaped cake - Momiji manjyu
    - Rice scooper, wooden spoon - Shamoji

    Something for everyone
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Miyajima What to Pack

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    by Rabbityama Written Sep 24, 2005

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Don't wear shoes that you would be upset to get dirty. If the tide is low, it's nice to walk on the shore. Even when the tide is out, there are still puddles and the sand is wet, so if you want to walk along the shore, just take this into consideration.

    Miscellaneous: When the tide is out, there are a lot of seashells. As I walked along the shore, I slowly began picking up interesting seashells but soon found that I had too many to carry. I was with friends, so they gave me a bag to put them in. If you feel that you or someone you are traveling with (like children) may want to collect seashells, just make sure to bring a bag or something to put them in!

    Lots of shells along the shore Don't wear nice shoes
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Miyajima Off The Beaten Path

  • Tahoto Pagoda

    Tahoto Pagoda is 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.

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  • Miyajima is a UNESCO-world-heritage site

    Miyajima is a UNESCO-world-heritage site and not far from the place, where you enter the island when you have left the ferry-boats you will find this monument and some explanations. Take a look through the hole in the sculpture-stone and you will see Otorii, the red gate of the shrine, like in my first photo.

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  • World's largest rice spoon

    I can't tell if this is a must see, an off the beaten path, or a tourist trap, but it's always cool to see the world's largest something. To celebrate the designation of Miyajima as a World Heritage site, the people of the city made this. It is in the market in between the stores, just a short walk from the the ferry terminal.

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Miyajima Favorites

  • Sacred Miyajima - under construction

    The shrines and temples area really beautiful and abundant. The nature is superb an all seasons. The autumn is special with golden maple tree leaves all around the island. The sea is calm and beautiful. The harmony of the blue sea, shrines and temples as well as beautiful nature and living quarters.

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  • Deer and plastic bag

    The deer here is naughty... they will come to you and take your plastic bag, especially if there is food inside. so just be careful ^-^

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  • The Deer are desensitized

    There are lots of deer roaming about and they are not afraid of strangers. Likely, they`ll hope that you have something for them. They will run, however, if startled.

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the nuns of Itsukushima Shrine
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