Miyajima

Miyajima, Hatsukaichi: Hours, Address, Miyajima Reviews: 4.5/5

Points of Interest & Landmarks • Historic Walking Areas • Islands
6:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Monday
6:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
6:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
6:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
6:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
6:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
6:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
6:30 AM - 5:30 PM
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Scenic site that includes the Itsukushima Shrine, Otorii Gate and visit to Mt. Misen.
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Wanderer277847
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Jul 2021
The deer are very aggressive and ate our maps! Still, this was a great experience. Def recommend taking a high day from Hiroshima to experience this unique beautiful little island. Don't forget to get maple filled cookies and grilled oysters when you are there.
Written August 9, 2021
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Evelyn Casey
London, UK34 contributions
Apr 2021
Lovely temple situated on an island. There are many friendly deer, such as the Bambi, that you can hug. A great place to spend a Saturday afternoon. The cable car will take you up the hill for a few hours' walk. It's a lovely place with many restaurants where oysters are served straight from the grill.
Written June 25, 2021
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Elisabethmh
Oslo, Norway566 contributions
Nov 2019
Myiajima is an absolutely fantastic little island, highly reccomended! A calm and nice atmosphere and a lot to see. It is easy to get to the island by boat/ferry from Hiroshima. I will remember my visit to this island for the rest of my life - it is simply perfect. Itsukushima, or Miyajima (Shrine Island) as the island is called is located in Hiroshima Bay just outside Hiroshima, has 2000 inhabitants and is best known for its huge Torii gate which looks like it floats in the water at high tide.There are several famous Shrines and Temples on the island, including the beautiful Itsukushima Shrine which is on the UNESCO World Heritage List and the red 5-store Goju-No-To Pagoda.

There is also falow deers in Miyajima. Plenty of them. The deers are considered sacred and the messengers of the Shinto gods. If you would like to cuddle with nice fluffy deers - this is the place to go.
Written October 8, 2020
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Rumples
Tucson, AZ11,020 contributions
Oct 2019
We considered this long, mountainous island with an overwhelming number of tame deer to be a pleasant outing in early October from Hiroshima. Our JR rail passes allowed us to make the round-trip by train and ferry for free. Approaching Miyajima, our boat passed extremely close to the island's iconic vermilion torii, which seems to float on the water during high tide. During that period, photo ops abound. But we arrived during low tide and the gate was covered with canvas and scaffolding for a restoration project.

The island, however, has much more to offer than the 52.5-feet-high, 60-ton gate, which signals the entrance to Itsukushima Shrine. The 12th-century shrine itself is pretty amazing with its corridors featuring red colonnades and lanterns and an elevated stage, where ancient court dances are performed. This large shrine also seems to be floating on water at high tide, but I still found it to be well worth visiting, even at low tide. Smaller shrines stand nearby, along with a 15th-century, 5-story pagoda, which has a nice basic view of the island from its hillside location. We didn't go to Mount Misen, the island's highest point, for its panoramic view. Instead, we stayed below to walk on trails, away from the crowds, and wander through the island's small town.

We saw places to eat galore with specialties, such as local oysters and Okonomiyaki, a savory version of Japanese pancakes. Souvenir shops abound, but I found them to be a bit pricier than the mainland. Deer and myriad tourists wandered everywhere. The deer made pests of themselves, hoping for food; and many visitors obliged, ignoring signs requesting that they refrain from feeding the wildlife. So it was not surprising to see one tourist running down the street, a deer in pursuit.

Though we enjoyed our time at Miyajima, it would have been even better if we could have gone at high tide. I've been there twice before at that time and the torii and shrine are almost surreal. But low tide worked much better with our schedule. I suggest that potential visitors check the tide tables to try to plan an itinerary that works with high tide.
Written September 19, 2020
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Safariholic
Horsham, UK1,935 contributions
Oct 2019
Amusing train ride from downtown Hiroshima, 15 mins on a Ferry, then a few hours round the Island & up the Hill by cable car up Mt Misen

Great Torri Gate - hidden.

Deer all over the place.

Whole place is mobbed with Tourists - yes, including us. Oh and deer.

Itsukushima Shrine - terrific. A real highlight. Very Photogenic.

Ghastly blaring speakers from some nutcases in Cars. No clue as to what nor why. More deer.

Literally hundreds of Restaurants in Main St of Town Centre.

Pleasant walk then Cable car up Mt Misen (3/4 of the way anyway as we ran short of time) & nice view. More Deer.

On balance, I would say go, but check-out the Torri Gate status first. Go anyway, but at least you know in advance. It’s a Tick-in-the-Box kind of experience.

Deer are very habituated, so incredibly friendly - they simply expect everyone to feed them and they are probably not wrong. Deer Tick risk - no idea.
Written August 24, 2020
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Ed H
Ontario, CA115 contributions
Nov 2019
There is definitely a lot to see and eat on the island so give yourself a half day here, maybe more if you take the lift up the mountain. Unfortunately, we went in November, 2019 during the time they were doing work on the giant torii shrine. So, it was covered up completely. We enjoyed the deer and took many pictures with them. We stopped to eat some grilled chicken kabob and an ice cream sandwich, which had the face of a teddy bear. The view on the lift going up the mountain was spectacular. There wasn't much once we got to the top so we came back down shortly thereafter. Luckily, one of the employees recognized my ugly mug and handed me my passport which had slipped out of my pocket when we arrived to the top.
Written August 15, 2020
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StripeyMiata
Lisburn, UK631 contributions
Jul 2019
If you can, stay over. It's very touristy during the day, but at night, it is deserted and very magical.
Written June 26, 2020
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Komator
Barcelona, Spain646 contributions
Aug 2019
Miyajima is famous for its torii. Most people come from Hiroshima on a day trip. My first advice: spend the night in the island. You'll see many more things and you'll be more relaxed. As a touristy places, prices are higher than in the mainland. In addition to the Torii, the Daishoin Temple was an amazing surprise. There are several trails to walk the island. By the way, beware of the schedules. Restaurants close quite early!
Written May 18, 2020
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Harald Gracholski
Cologne, Germany6,786 contributions
Nov 2019
Out of all day or two day trips we undertook in Japan (Nara, Hakone, etc.), did we enjoy our journey to Miyajima the most. When visiting the island during fall time, can one easily understand the creativity and spirituality of the Japanese culture that can be observed through their magical manga movies such as Chichiro or Akira. We were inspired by the nature and shrines, loved the hike and cherished the oysters there and would love to come back one day to re-experience the wonders to be found there.
Written April 24, 2020
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hkfoodora
Hong Kong, China99 contributions
Feb 2020
Calm, peaceful, easily-accessible scenic island, suitable for couple, friends, family or solo. You can enjoy fresh oysters cuisine, chill with a coffee by the sea, walk through heritage sites, take cable car up and do a little bit of hiking. A perfect well spent a day here.
Written April 20, 2020
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