Miyajima
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Scenic site that includes the Itsukushima Shrine, Otorii Gate and visit to Mt. Misen.
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  • Chris W
    Budapest, Hungary543 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must visit
    Obviously if you're seeing the famous gate you're coming here too. Excellent little shopping/ restaurant village with many street food shops and a brewery hehe. Many oyster varieties and Japanese cakes.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 7, 2023
  • Jesper
    Copenhagen, Denmark9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Miyajima, always worth a visit!!!
    If your travel schedule permits I recommend that you check the calender for a date of your visit when high tide is around sunset so you can see the torii gate ‘floating’ out in the sea and, if the sky is clear, even have a fair chance to get a snapshot of the sunset behind the gate…! Be advised, however, that under such conditions do NOT expect to be alone on the island, so come prepared!!! By the way, remember also to visit the other beautiful sites around this island!
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written July 8, 2023
  • Lorraine L
    Tarwin Lower, Australia3,384 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
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 30, 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
    Traveled with friends
    Written September 28, 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
    Traveled with friends
    Written October 10, 2023
  • Norm the Nomad
    Australia1,246 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
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 23, 2023
  • Peter K
    Ryde, Australia522 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
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 27, 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
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 5, 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
    Traveled with family
    Written December 4, 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
    Traveled solo
    Written December 23, 2023
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Priscilla T
Berkeley, CA92 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Family
Highly recommend making time for excursion to this small quaint island just a short and gorgeous ferry ride away from Hiroshima and staying overnight to experience ancient Japan. Debated given our 8 day trip to Japan splitting time between Kyoto and Tokyo whether to invest the extra night given side trip to Hiroshima. So glad we did as this was the highlight of our entire trip. Booked a traditional tatami hotel complete with onsen, kaiseki, robes and slippers. After last tour boat leaves the island becomes a quiet experience. Me and early riser youngest son went out at dawn to explore island in robes and slippers seeing many deer and watching the sun light up ocean, island and Tori gate. It was magical.
Written June 23, 2022
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roy v
Traralgon, Australia5,660 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Friends
We visited Miyajima a few days ago while staying in Hiroshima. A ten minute ferry ride takes you to this divine island that is Heritage Listed and one of the best sights in Japan.When we were arriving on the ferry you see the huge RED TORI GATE and behind it the magnificent Shrine
Tide was out so you could walk right up to the majestic gate made from massive tree trunks.You stroll along a walkway lined with ancient stone lanterns and statues to the beautiful red shrine.Entry fee is 300 Yen to enter. After lunch the tide slowly came in and surrounded the TORI Gate and shrine so it looked like they were floating on the ocean, a truly unique site.
There are some great walks in the parklands above the shrine area, beautiful nature at its best. A definite must to visit when your in Japan
Written January 2, 2023
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LisaGordonSimons
Long Jetty, Australia668 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Solo
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.
Written December 24, 2023
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Jesper
Copenhagen, Denmark9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Solo
If your travel schedule permits I recommend that you check the calender for a date of your visit when high tide is around sunset so you can see the torii gate ‘floating’ out in the sea and, if the sky is clear, even have a fair chance to get a snapshot of the sunset behind the gate…!
Be advised, however, that under such conditions do NOT expect to be alone on the island, so come prepared!!!
By the way, remember also to visit the other beautiful sites around this island!
Written July 8, 2023
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David T
Auckland, New Zealand172 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
Omg the whole temple in the water thing o-Tori gate is covered in scaffolding and crap. It is clearly under renovation but NOONE tells you! This is very poor form by Japanese people that pride themselves on integrity and transparency. The rest of the island is ruined by tourists and associated traps. They must think we are morons. We got there on a fast river boat which was good even when one of the staff lost a plastic lid whilst feeding seagulls lol.
Written February 1, 2020
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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 May 21, 2024
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Norm the Nomad
Australia1,246 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
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).
Written October 24, 2023
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C Y
10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019
It is a very pleasant ferry trip and a tranquil island walk. You walk passing by friendly deers along the way.

It is a pity that too much rushing on walking but not enough stop time to appreciate the tranquillity of the island scenery.
Written January 8, 2020
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David B
York, UK114 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
We had a magical visit to Miyajima on a day trip from Hiroshima. When we arrived it was very busy with tourists so we hiked up mount Misen which was much quieter and had spectacular views. When we descended it was sunset. The last tourist boat leaves at 5pm but there are local ferries which leave much later so we were able to enjoy the sunset views peacefully with only a few people around. It is well worth waiting for the sunset.
Written March 2, 2024
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Vermont7,532 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
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.
Written January 26, 2024
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