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Miyajima – the shrine island

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The once holy island of Itsukushima (厳島) is popularly known as Miyajima (宮島).

In the past it was not allowed to be born or to die there. Both was concidered unproper for the holy island.

The Gate (Torii) and the Itsukushima Shrine

The Gate (Torii) and the Itsukushima Shrine

The island is one of the most beautiful landscapes of Japan and the Torii of the Itsukushima Shrine is a famous landmark of Japan. At high tide the Torii stands in the water. A Torii marks the entrance of a shrine. The Shinto shrine belongs since 1996 Itsukushima UNESCO-Worldheritage. The shrine has existed since the 6th century and was built in its present form in the 12th century under General Taira no Kiyomori.

tourists on route to the torii of the Itsukushima Shinto Schrine

tourists on route to the torii of the Itsukushima Shinto Schrine

Many tourists stroll to the gate at low tide. The shrine is one of the most exclusives spots to get married on traditional japanese rites.

Torii of the Itsukushima Shrine low tide

Torii of the Itsukushima Shrine low tide

 

From Hiroshima you can get on a train and then get on the JR ferry. If you travel with a Japan Rail pass, the train and ferry are for free.

Ferry of the JR line going to Miyajima

Ferry of the JR line going to Miyajima

At your arrival you get good information at the counter of the local Tourist Information.

friendly and helpful staff at the Tourist Information

friendly and helpful staff at the Tourist Information

At the promenade you will encounter beautiful deers everywhere.

street deers get food

street deers get food

But tourist get good food as well. There is a big variety of dishes available. But only if you pay cash.

a big menu with a lot of image of a vast variety of meals

a big menu with a lot of image of a vast variety of meals

If you have enough time, you can a the top of the island with the Miyajima Ropeway.

view out of the cabin

view out of the cabin

The cabins bring you up Mount Misen and you can a panoramic view on the Hiroshima Bay.

View of the Hiroshima Bay from Miyajima

View of the Hiroshima Bay from Miyajima

On my way back to Hiroshima I met a group of nice sisters on the train. They had much fun on their daytrip to Miyajima.

5 sisters from Kagoshima on a daytrip to Miyajima island

5 sisters from Kagoshima on a daytrip to Miyajima island

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