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Miyajima Island

About Miyajima Island

The island of Miyajima is famous for its Buddhist holy sites and its friendly, free roaming deer. Officially titled Itsukushima, the name Miyajima, which literally translates to "shrine island", was popularized because the island is part of a district called Miyajima in Hatsukaichi City. The most famous shrine on the island is Itsukushima Jinja, built on pillars directly on the shore facing the mainland. During high tide, sea water runs in underneath the buildings. During low tide, visitors can walk out to its giant torii gate out in the ocean. The island is accessible via ferry from Miyajimaguchi Station. The ride takes about 10 minutes and boats run every 15 minutes in both directions. JR Pass holders will be happy to know that one of the two available ferry services is run by JR and covered by the pass. Miyajima is known for momiji manju -- sweet, stuffed cake buns in the shape of a maple leaf. They are available in various styles, from steamed to deep-fried. If you are planning on taking momiji manju home as a souvenir, we strongly recommend you buy them shortly before you leave the island, as the deer are quite fond of them and actually will try to steal them from you.

Sights in Miyajima Island

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Itsukushima Jinja Shrine

This shrine is known for the unique and bold concept of being built in the sea as well as its elegant architectural style called “Shinden-zukuri”.

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Mount Misen

Misen is a mountain on Miyajima Island, the peak of which can be reached by the Miyajima Ropeway.

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Iwaso

Iwaso is truly historic, it's been around since 1854 and is located close to Itsukushima Shrine which is a designated World Heritage site.

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Goju-no-To Pagoda

This five-story pagoda was built in 1407 and stands 27,6 meters high. The tower mixes Japanese and Chinese architecture.

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Hokoku Jinja Shrine Senjokaku

Hokoku Jinja Shrine, also called Toyokuni Jinja Shrine, is the biggest building of the island with its "Hall of 1000 mats", or "Senjokaku".

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Daisho-in Temple

Daisho-in, built by monk Kukai in 806, is the oldest temple on Miyajima Island.

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Momijidani Park

Momijidani Park has over 700 maple trees that turn bright red from mid to late November.

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Miyajima Ropeway

Miyajima Ropeway offers a 360-degree view of Mount Misen, the sea, the surrounding islands and mountains.

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Shishiiwa Observatory

Shishiiwa Observatory offers a panoramic view of the Seto Inland Sea and the surrounding islands.

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Reika-do

Reika-do is said to have a fire that was set by a monk 1200 years ago that still burns today.

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Miyajima Water Fireworks Festival

Miyajima Water Fireworks Festival is held just 400m away from Itsukushima Shrine's torii gate.

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Miyajima Island

Located in the northwest of Hiroshima Bay, Miyajima, formally known as Itsukushima, is one of Hayashi Razan's "Three Views of Japan", a list of Japan's three mo

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Sarasvati

Located on Miyajima Island, Sarasvati serves different types of coffee inside a former storehouse building from the early 1900s.

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Miyajima History and Folklore Museum

This museum is situated inside a building from the 1800s. It used to be the private residence of the Egami family and is now a public historical archive. New ex

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Miyajima Omotesando Shopping Street

Not to be confused with Omotesando Avenue in Tokyo, Omotesando Shopping Street is one of the busiest places in Miyajima, packed with souvenir shops and restaura

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Miyajima Public Aquarium

At this aquarium, visitors can not only watch sea creatures go about their day, this is also a learning center. Here, young and old can study the environments a

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Yamadaya (Miyajima Main Store)

This snack shop has been in operation for over 70 years and offers momiji manju. Momiji manju is a maple-leaf shaped bun with jam filling. Momiji is the name fo

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Okonomiyaki Komitei

This is a Hiroshima-style okonomiyaki restaurant close to the Miyajima Ferry Station.

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Okinado

Located only 1 minute from Hiroden-Miyajimaguchi Station, Okinado specializes in traditional Japanese sweets.

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Mr.Thomas

Mr. Thomas is a restaurant serving Japanese-Italian fusion food using local products.

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Sekitei

Sekitei is located near the island of Aki no Miyajima which is one of the most picturesque spots in Japan. This Japanese inn has guest rooms dotted around its w