The beauty of Torii gate of Itsukushima Shrine at Miyajima island

Just a short trip away from the Hiroshima city,  you can see one of the most iconic views in Japan, which is on the Miyajima island called the Torii gate of the Itsukushima Shrine. What is so special about it? It is the boundary between the spirit and the human worlds. The first Torii of Itsukushima Shrine was constructed in 1168 and was built about 200 meters offshore. This giant red Torii gate is famous because it stands out on the beach, especially when it is at high tide, it appears to be floating on the sea. On the other hand, while at low tide, visitors can walk out along the beach to see it in close distance.

Getting to Miyajima island is easy from the Hiroshima city.  Ride on the local tram to the station and a short ferry ride across to the island. If you are using the JR pass, you will save more compared to buying the ticket on the spot. There is a huge signboard as below to guide visitors who are going to Miyajima island.   
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Torii gate in front of the ferry station
We were so excited when the ferry is approaching.  Local residents who travel by car will board the ferry first then passengers. The moment that ferry gate was open, we noticed everyone was excited rushing to board in order to secure the best spot.
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Top view from the deck
Along the ride you able to see the tiny floating gate afar on your right. Be sure you secure the correct place once you up the ferry.  Everone went crazy the moment they saw this magnificent view. 
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Zoom in effect.
Once you arrived, out from the ferry station and keep walking to the right along the Omote-Santo street, you’ll notice deer that roam freely around the island. In Japan deer are considered sacred and so they are left to walk around and are often fed by visitors. However, in Miyajima island, deer are restricted from feeding not like those in Nara. Sometimes the deer might be a little too bold in trying to get food from people.  So be mindful not to hold any food in your hand while you walk past those deer. LOL! As we walked through the town, we saw the signs saying that we are not allowed to touch or go near to the deer.
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Since it was our first time seeing deer, we had to break the rules. We ended up taking heaps of pictures with the local deer and most of them are very tame and relaxed. Noticed that most of the deer are without antlers or horns, this is to protect visitors from getting hurt.
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Me with the deer. How adorable it is!
In case you missed taking the best shot of the floating Torii gate at the ferry, not to worry. You can catch your best shot along the Omete- Sando main street.  While you are there, don't forget to try the local delicacies like grilled oysters ( grilled smells is in the air while you walk past) and the most popular gift which shape resembles the maple leaf named Momiji Manju. Inside filled with various fillings, such as cheese, chocolate and traditional Japanese red beans (azuki). It is so delicious and melts in your mouth! Then, we straight headed to Mt Misen, to read my experience hiking up to the top, please click the link below.
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After our amazing experience of Mt Misen, along our way back, we are so lucky to witness the low tide of the red Torii gate. This time we are able to walk down along the beach and have a close-up look. You need to be extra patient as there are many visitors trying to catch their best shot with the giant red Torii gate. 
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Since it was freezing on that day, we decided to buy 2 hot drinks from the vending machine. Those honey and lemon hot drink really sooth our dry throats and warm up our cold hands. 
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That is how we ended our 1 day trip to Miyajima island. Lastly, don't forget to like my post if you enjoy reading it. LOL! 

Colleen Chong