Photo Post: Miyajima

It’s Wednesday, which means… it’s time for a photo post? Yeah, we can go with that. The subject: Miyajima!

Miyajima (宮島), actually called Itsukushima (厳島), is a small island in the Seto Inland Sea, specifically Hiroshima Bay. The island is famous for Itsukushima Shrine, which is why it’s referred to as Miyajima (shrine island). Itsukushima Shrine is a World Heritage Site, as well as one of the Three Views of Japan, and it really is very beautiful. I’ve been twice, so I hope you enjoy some pictures from my two visits!


Coming up on Itsukushima, from the ferry.

Itsukushima Torii

The famous “floating torii”. Unfortunately, both times I went the tide was out.

Itsukushima Shrine

Inside the shrine.

Itsukushima Pagoda

A pagoda from inside the shrine.

Itsukushima Town

The town on the island. There’s only one and it’s very small.

Itsukushima Island

The town and shrine from up one of the hills.

Miyajima is a lovely place and, if you go to Hiroshima (which you should!), please take an afternoon to check it out. Maybe you’ll have better luck than I have and get to see the torii float and everything!

Access: Take the JR Sanyo Line from JR Hiroshima Station to Miyajimaguchi Station. Walk to the ferry pier and then take the ferry to the island. The train ride is about 25 minutes and the ferry is 10.


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