Miyajima Travel Guide

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    View from Mount Misen
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    Itsukushima Shrine
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Miyajima Things to Do

  • Itsukushima Shrine

    The Noh Stage at Itsukushima stands in the water near the western side of the shrine. The first No stafe was constructed in 1605, and the current stage was built in 1640. This is one of the few buildings that has never been painted. On this stage there are several events including the Peach Blossom Festival in April and a tea offering ceremony...

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  • Five-Tiered Pagoda

    Miyajima's Five-Storied Pagoda, or gojūnoto, is a vermillion-colored tower that stands 27 meters tall and is located on a hill next to the main Itsukushima Shrine. Constructed in 1407 and rebuilt in 1533, the tower is dedicated to the Buddhist god of medicine. It was declared one of Japan's Specially Preserved Buildings in 1900 and last...

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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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  • Daisho-in Temple

    Daishoin Temple was founded in the year 806 by a monk named Kūkai, who founded the Shingon, or "True Word," school of Buddhism. A prayer hall in the temple was established in the 12th Century by Emperor Toba, as a place to pray for the peace and security of Japan. The temple is part of the Itsukushima UNESCO World Heritage Site. Famous...

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  • Tahoto (Two-Story Pagoda)

    The Tahoto, Two-Story Pagoda, was constructed around 1523. Originally a Buddhist Temple, it was converted to a Shinto Shrine during the Meiji Restoration. The pagoda is surrounded with cherry trees, making it a good local spot for hanami in the springtime.

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  • Itsukushima's Noh Stage

    The Noh Stage at Itsukushima stands in the water near the western side of the shrine. The first No stafe was constructed in 1605, and the current stage was built in 1640. This is one of the few buildings that has never been painted. On this stage there are several events including the Peach Blossom Festival in April and a tea offering ceremony...

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Miyajima Restaurants

  • Oysters on Omotesando

    Miyajima's Omotesando is packed with small restaurants, many offering fresh local oysters (or kaki in Japanese). Typically the oysters are grilled in the shells, or grilled on sticks (kakiyaki?). You can also buy boxes of fresh oysters at several locations.The Miyajima oysters are featured at the annual Miyajima Oyster Festival, held in...

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  • Eat oysters

    I saw several restaurants in hte island but I was not hungry and I had no much money, so I just ate a few oysters and immediately went to sleep on the beach. Oysters!

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  • 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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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

  • Hiroshima Streetcar to Miyajima

    The streetcars, called the Hiroshima Electric Railway, are one of the best ways to get around within Hiroshima City. Many of the lines start at Hiroshima Station and cover much of the city including the A-Bomb dome, and as far away as Hiroshima Port and Miyajima Shrine. To get to Miyajima Shrine, take the Miyajima Line to Miyajima-guchi Station,...

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  • JR Ferry between Miyajima Shrine and...

    When traveling between Hiroshima and Miyajima, you can take the JR Train or Hiroshima Streetcar to Miyajima-guchi Station, then the short JR Ferry to Miyajima. The cost for the short 10-minute ferry ride is 180 Yen per adult one way, or 300 Yen round trip. The ferry also allows cars and bicycles for an extra cost.It is about a 5-minute walk from...

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  • Ferry between Hiroshima and Miyajima

    One easy, but expensive option for the trip between the Peace Park and Miyajima is the Aquanet Ferry. The Hiroshima terminal is a short 5-minute walk south of the A-Bomb Dome, and the Miyajima terminal is the ferry station about 10 minutes from the temple entrance. It is pricey a about 2,000 Yen per person, but it can be easier than the alternate...

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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

  • a monk waiting for donations

    This is one of the mysteries that I could not find an answer for after my stay in Japan, BUT now I am glad to have found an answer in the VT-forum:What is this Person doing? - thanks a lot for the answers !It is a Buddhist monk with an alms bowl and bell. Buddhist monks obviously are collecting alms in a different way and different understanding...

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  • 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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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

  • Doppo White Beer for Oyster

    Okayama Doppo Beer's "White Beer for Oyster" is made in Okayama, but it is a natural fit in Miyajima, where oysters are so common. The uniquely and specifically named beer comes in a brown bottle with a white label that says only "Doppo," "Since 1995," "The Pioneer of Japanese Microbrewery," and "White Beer for Oyster" in English. I'm assuming the...

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  • Miyajima Beer Itsukushima Ginger Beer

    Miyajima Beer Itsukushima Ginger Beer is , according to Untappd,brewed by Miyajima Beer. During a visit to Miyajima in November 2014, I found and tasted this unique beer. Itsukushima Ginger comes in a bottle with a cartoon of the torii gate of Miyajima. This is a very good beer brewed with ginger.The Miyajima label beers are contracted to two other...

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  • Miyajima Beer Pilsner

    During a recent visit to Miyajima, I found Miyajima Brewery's Pilsner. The beer comes in a bottle featuring the fall leaves of Miyajma over an orange flash where the beer style is printed. I drank this beer from the bottle, so I didn't see the color of the beer beer or head, but the beer itself was a good crisp pilsner with hints of wheat and a...

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