Miyajima
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Scenic site that includes the Itsukushima Shrine, Otorii Gate and visit to Mt. Misen.
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  • Lorraine L
    Tarwin Lower, Australia3,431 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A nice way to spend a morning
    We took a private tour of this island firstly walking down to the huge Torii gate, the tide was out so it was easy to walk right up to it. From here the path took us to the temple, this temple is unique in that every room is connect by corridor, this is a one way path so you need to walk the whole way through the temple. From here our guide lead us down to the Main Street where there are lots of cafes and restaurants. Miyajima is a short ferry ride from the mainland.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 30 August 2023
  • Andy F
    Devizes, United Kingdom1,252 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An Island Experience
    Miyajima is an island reached by frequent ferry service, the crossing taking about 10 minutes. Once there there's lots to explore. There are deer roaming the streets & seemingly unafraid of humans. There are shrines, temples & pagodas to visit. There's a town full of shops with lots of options for eating, drinking & souvenirs. A good half-day or full day out from Hiroshima.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 28 September 2023
  • WHB75
    Minneapolis, Minnesota36 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must see Miyajima Island off Hiroshima
    Not to be missed amazing Shinto Shrine Tori gate floating in the water , or so it seems from the water. One of the outstanding sites of Japan. The island has lots of restaurants, shops . The Buddhist Temple higher up on the mountain called Itsukushima Shrine is beautiful, worth the small climb to see all the Buddha’s.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 10 October 2023
  • Norm the Nomad
    Australia1,245 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent. Well worth the travel to visit the island.
    We caught the local train down to Miyajimagucci station (~40km south) from where we caught the Ferry out to Miyajima Island. It is a UNESCO site, symbolised by the Itsukushima Shrine’s prominent vermillion Otorii (Grand) Gate, which rises from the sea. The island is also known for the herds of deer that intermingle with visitors. We enjoyed wandering the laneways, past the many traditional houses (featuring burnt-wood sidings “Shou Sugi Ban” style). As well as viewing the various shrines and temples scattered across the island. We also came across a young girls’ Shinto (?) Baptism in process; and sampled the food delicacies (popular was a warm, maple leaf shaped bun which is filled with a red-bean paste).
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 23 October 2023
  • Peter K
    Ryde, Australia517 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Culturally significant and iconic scenes
    Although busy, even during a 'shoulder season' this place is a must see if only for the iconic 'floating gate'. Heaps of culturally significant sites to see. A lot of local food vendors with a wide variety of cuisines ans offerings. Although crowded, it is still a place that should be visited.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 27 October 2023
  • iexpect
    130 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This island offers a lot
    We explored this area enroute to Hiroshima. It's well worth a visit and regret not having more time. There's everything you would want to see ina small area, O-toni gate, pagoda, temple, wild deer, ropeway to see a panorama
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 5 November 2023
  • drlcs1
    366 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice island to visit
    Nice island. And very pretty. It has very touristy built up areas and rather busy. But It does also hv nice hiking trails which seemed quieter. You can hike all the way to the top. We enjoyed about a half a day on the island. Budget a few more hours if you want to hike to the top
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 4 December 2023
  • LisaGordonSimons
    Long Jetty, Australia668 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Torii delight!
    Another bucket list item ticked off, I visited Miyajima during my Hiroshima stay and was not disappointed. It was a complete accident that I took the ferry from the Peace Park to Miyajima. A rather nice way to go - and an opportunity to see the Hiroshima area from another perspective; the little islands dotted around and costing 2,200 Yen one way. The alternative route is to go to Miyajimaguchi via JR and take a small ferry over to the island, or, as I later found out returning home (again by accident) the Streetcar. (I hilariously tried to show the conductor my pre-paid JR ticket to pay before I realised the error of my ways, i.e. I was in fact, not on a train at all). Obviously, the enormous Torii is the main attraction, and it was low tide when I visited so it was fairly hectic. There are many deer on the island who can be a little aggressive so watch out for them. The Itsukushima Shrine (built over the water) and Daisho-in Temple are other spaces on the island worth a visit. I had no intention of climbing Mt Misen so a felt that an afternoon was enough time for me to explore what I needed to see on the island. My main regret was failing to charge my 'phone enough to take enough photos.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 23 December 2023
  • JaneBloggsTravel
    Wellington, New Zealand59 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Still one of Japan's great three sights
    I had always wanted to return to Miyajima, Itsukushima and the Torii Gate in the water after visiting in a very sultry July 35 years ago. The place did not disappoint, although there are many more visitors these days. We managed to visit close to high tide. A highlight was a trip out to and through the gate on a traditional rowing boat complete with straw hats and capes. Very atmospheric and restored much of the sense of peace that had been a little shaken in the crowds to get out there. The walk through Itsukushima Shrine, "floating" on the water was enchanting. Take time to explore the little short paths off the main tourist route and the ancient Noh stage. Another highlight was lunch in a restaurant beyond Itukushima Shrine, looking back on the Torii Gate. If we came again, we'd look to stay overnight on the island and have it much more to ourselves than during the day. One of Japan's three traditional great scenic spots, this island continues to enchant.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 28 December 2023
  • hfot2 🌸🍁🌸
    Vermont7,547 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely stay as always
    After being unable to visit Japan since December of 2019 due to COVID, it was such a pleasure to return and to return to one of our favorite places, Miyajima. We were very touched that merchants, restaurateurs, and hoteliers, whom we have dealt with for years, remembered us and greeted us so very warmly. After three and a half years, the completion of the renovation of Itsukushima Shrine’s Torii was notable: the repainted vermilion pillars were stunning in the blazing sun; the less visible structural renovations should help the torii to stay standing for many years to come. Even though it can be very touristy, the island is much like a small rural town with none of the hustle and bustle of the big cities, which also means there isn’t much of a night life. For us, this is a positive break in the midst of the cities visited during any trip. We enjoy the quiet of the evenings, after the day-trippers have left. There is always plenty to do and see whether it’s visiting our favorite temple, Daisho-in, or climbing Mt Misen, or photographing the people and places on the island. There is always at least one bride and groom having a photo shoot at an overlook or bridge, a deer stealing a map from an unsuspecting tourist’s pocket, a butterfly balancing on a flower, sakura in a profusion of pink or momiji in red. Visitor’s Tips: There are no trash barrels, be prepared to pocket any trash. The newly constructed Tourist Information Center has welcome toilets (and trash barrels). Be sure to notice the changing light show on the walls. You can pick up maps and brochures here in addition to what you can get at the small kiosk at the ferry terminal.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 26 January 2024
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jphi67
Illkirch-Graffenstaden, France818 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2024 • Family
Really nice island!
Ok there is a shrine but not only.
A great complex, a nice pagoda with an old windy platform (👍 by hot summer)
Great great museum with old local armors.
Great places for food!
Worth more than a daytrip.
Written 11 July 2024
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Rosemarie P
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2024 • Couples
Amazing little island where the deer roam free. Souvenirs and amazing food is available and you experience the Japanese culture of beautiful Shrines and the amazing Floating Torii Gates
Written 11 July 2024
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RonSiemens501
Fort Lauderdale, FL48 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Solo
Beautiful place for a half day visit. Check in advance for when the tides are in/out if you want to get a photo of the Torii gate during high tide. Otherwise it's just surrounded by sand. The Daishon temple is a must visit. Very interesting buildings. Worthwhile getting a tour or reading up in advance. The cable car to the Shishiiwa Observatory is the other must see, Beware the cable cars stop running at 4:30pm so give yourself enough time to get to the top before they close down. It's approximately 20 minutes from the lower station to the top.
Written 23 June 2024
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San
Tokyo, Japan132 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
One of the best place to visit in whole Hiroshima. Miyajima island is super dreamy and like a place of fantasy. The deers 🦌 roaming around freely, the cute shops and the big Toori gate on the beach 🌊 ⛩️
You can just enjoy this place all day and night time view is amazing too.
Super recommend👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻
Written 20 June 2024
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Bernard W
Dallas, TX1,915 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
This is known for its close-to-shore floating Itsukushima Shrine tori which we saw at both low and high tides. Special. The entrance to the shrine is 300 JPN cash each. In addition to the grand torii, one sees the Hokoku shrine (Senjokaku), 5-storied pagoda, Morodo Shrine.

Omotesando Shopping Street where you can find many souvenirs at similar, decent prices and street food.

For 1800 JPN, go to observation at top of mountain with cable car and then take a gondola. There is a free, first come, first served small shuttle bus from near the Itsukushima Shrine that takes one most of the way to the cable car entrance. Otherwise, it is not too bad of a walk up.
Written 5 June 2024
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MichaelLindaG
Highbridge, UK449 contributions
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June 2024 • Couples
Went there and was a little concerned if there would be enough to do, but ended up running out of time. The deer are charming but they can get a little nippy if you have food, so keep an eye on them if your child has an ice cream or snack. There are plenty of shops and food outlets. The Tori gate is impressive, better for photo's when the tide is in. Well worth a visit.
Written 4 June 2024
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Firefly78
Ridgewood, NJ279 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Solo
I went on a day trip to this island. You will first be greeted by the plethora of docile sika deer. One may visit the Itsukushima Shrine and the “floating” Torii gate. In the morning the gate appears to float in the water. By the afternoon the tide recedes and you may walk right up to the magnificent gate. The island also features the Miyajima Public Aquarium and the Daishoin temple. There are wonderful shops and restaurants where fans of oysters will be especially happy. I also suggest trying a delicious chocolate filled Momiji manjū from one of the many purveyors of these baked treats. No trip to Japan is complete without a visit to this place.
Written 2 June 2024
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Hocha
London, UK423 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
We really enjoyed our day on the island. Bests me why anyone would bother messing around with trains when the ferry from the Peace Park is so scenic and convenient - it was part of the fun! The gondola up and the views from Mt Misen were breathtakingly beautiful, and the hike down too but definitely not for anyone not in good physical shape as it’s pretty uneven with some deep level changes. I actually think it would have been easier to hike up (if your fitness is good) than down. We spent 6 hours which was enough to see the shrine, do the above and have lunch and a wander round the very touristy village.
Written 31 May 2024
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DipuKV
Pune, India3,122 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
A lovely island, Miyajima welcomes you with lovely views, superb shrines, plenty of spots to relax & click selfies and a relaxing vibe.
Written 21 May 2024
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MarC25
New York City, NY886 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
When in Hiroshima, don’t miss Miyajima Island of which the floating Itsukushima Shrine is only one of its many attractions. The ferry to the island leaves every 15 minutes and the ride is only around 10 minutes. It’s a nice, leisurely walk from the ferry terminal to the shrine assuming the weather is good. I don't think it will be as enjoyable if it’s rainy and wet. The walk is lined with shops and food stalls and we enjoyed very fresh and juicy grilled oysters for which Hiroshima is known for. Another staple is the freshly baked Momiji manju, a sweet pastry shaped like a maple leaf filled with red bean paste, custard, chocolate or cheese. However, look out for the aggressive deers who will go after your food! Because the island is an open space, it does not feel crowded like the other shrines in Japan. I recommend going late in the afternoon when it’s cooler and the day-trippers have gone.
Written 21 May 2024
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