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 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.
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.
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.
At your arrival you get good information at the counter of the local Tourist Information.
At the promenade you will encounter beautiful deers everywhere.
But tourist get good food as well. There is a big variety of dishes available. But only if you pay cash.
If you have enough time, you can a the top of the island with the Miyajima Ropeway.
The cabins bring you up Mount Misen and you can a panoramic view on the Hiroshima Bay.
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.