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Sacred Island

Itsukushima, more commonly known as Miyajima, is an island close to the city of Hiroshima in the western region of Honshu. Just off the coast in Japan’s Inland Sea, Miyajima is an easy and worthwhile day trip from Hiroshima, although escaping the crowds of other visitors is no easy task.

Miyajima’s fame is mainly due to the national treasures that are located on the island and the historical significance attributed to the island. Itsukushima Shrine is the jewel in the crown of Miyajima. This UNESCO World Heritage Site was originally a shrine dedicated to the daughters of Susano no Mikoto, the Shinto deity of Seas and Storms. The first buildings located here wereprobably first erected in the 6th century but have been replaced, renovated and expanded many times over the centuries. The present day shrine dates from the 16th century and today is the focal point of the entire complex.

Apart from the shrine itself, Miyajima’s other main draw is the great floating gate or ‘Torii’, which has been proclaimed as one of Japan’s Nihon Sankei or 3 Most Scenic Views. The torii stands in the bay just in front of the Itsukushima Shrine and at high tide appears to float on the water. The other main sites within the complex are the magnificent Soribashi Arched Bridge, Noh Butai (Stage), Hirabutai, as well as the beautiful temples and pagodas that surround the shrine.

Of course, the historical and architectural wonders of the Itsukushima Shrine and surrounding buildings, are not the only attraction of Miyajima. With multiple island trails, abundant flora and fauna, stunning scenery and coastal views, Miyajima has something for everyone and once you get over the typically kitsch Japanese souvenir shops, the cobblestone streets winding around the temples and along flowing streams have an irresistible charm

  • Last visit to Miyajima: Feb 2010
  • Intro Updated Sep 20, 2010
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  • HORSCHECK's Profile Photo
    Jul 9, 2012 at 4:08 AM

    Brian, fascinating page with brilliant photos of your day trip from Hiroshima.

  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    May 26, 2011 at 12:28 PM

    Hello, Brian! Thanks for your wonderful story! ~ Long live Japan!~

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