We recently took a break in Japan and spent time traveling to a few of Japan’s cultural treasures. We visited the island of Miyajima in Hiroshima Prefecture, as well as Kyoto and our annual visit to Fukushima. I have many images from this trip to share, starting today with the area around Itsukushima Jinja (Shrine) and it’s famous floating torii (Shinto gateway in front of all shrines).
The shrine and the forested slopes of Mt Misen directly behind it are listed as World Heritage. Miyajima is only a 15 minute ferry trip from the train station Miyajimaguchi which is around 30 minutes from central Hiroshima. It is easy to visit as a day trip but we spent a couple of nights in order to have a proper exploration!
It is well worth staying a night or two as the island is an incredibly popular tourist destination, and most visitors are day-trippers. In particular if you would like to take photos, the evenings and mornings will be the best opportunity as there are significantly less people around – even the deer make themselves scarce overnight!
The shrine itself costs only 500 yen (ie less than $6) to enter. It doesn’t take long to wander from one end to the other and it is a great Japanese experience.
There will be many posts coming in the next couple of weeks from our travels in Japan so stay tuned!