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Published on 06.07.2016
Miyajima Island is one of the famous sightseeing spots in Hiroshima also known as one of the three great views of Japan. It is located less than one hour from Hiroshima city and you can easily go there by ferry.
You will see many Japanese historical buildings along the street once you get there. Toyokuni Shrine is the largest building in the island which is known as Senjoukaku. The shrine was built in 1587 by Hideyoshi Toyotomi but it remains unfinished because Hideyoshi died in the middle of construction at that time.
The most popular place in Miyajima Island is Itsukushima Shrine. At high tide, the O-torii Gate and the main hall seem like they are floating on the water which is one of the most unique sceneries in Japan. It has been over 440 years since the last restoration work, although it has been rebuilt several times because of disasters such as fire. At nighttime, you can also enjoy the beautiful illuminated shrine which is different from the scenery in the daytime.
When you walk around Miyajima Island, you will see many deer. They are protected as “messengers of God,” however, they are still wild deer so you should take caution in approaching them.
After walking the streets, please enjoy local specialties in Miyajima Island. “Anago-meshi” is one of the specialties, which is a rice bowl with broiled eel on it. Miyajima Island is also famous for oyster farming. There are many oyster stands throughout the streets, and you can taste flavorful oysters cooked in its shell. For souvenirs, “Momiji Manju” is one of the popular sweets there. Momiji Manju is a steamed cake which has a shape of a maple leaf and has sweet red beans in it. They’ve been selling various kinds of flavors recently such as chocolate, custard, and matcha green tea flavors.
It will be definitely worth it to visit the attractive Miyajima Island.
Miyajimaguchi to Miyajima Island
Duration: About 10 minites
Fee: ¥180 (adult), ¥90 (children) (one way)
First departure (from Miyajimaguchi): 6:25, Last departure (from Miyajima): 22:00
Opening hours: 6:30~17:30
(March 1st – October 14th opens until 18:00)
Fee: ¥300 (adult)
¥200 (high school student)
¥100 (junior high and elementary school student)
Source: Japan Travel