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Hiroshima to Miyajima, Omishima and Ikuchijima Islands

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Hiroshima to Miyajima, Omishima and Ikuchijima Islands

I will be on an organized tour in 2015 basically from Tokyo to Kyoto. I want to save some money and travel on my own from Kyoto (or from Osaka) to Hiroshima. I am American and don't know any Japanese. I "think" I can pretty easily see the sights in Hiroshima on my own. However I would also like to see the Itsukushima Shinto Shrine at Miyajima. I have seen instructions on TA how to get there from Hiroshima. Would I get more explanation if I were on an organized excursions or go on an excursion once I get to the Shrine?

Also, are there organized excursions that would take me to Omishima and Ikuchijima Islands to see the sights there? I have looked on-line but don't see any excursions to those islands from Hiroshima. Could my concierge at my Hiroshima hotel help me?

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1. Re: Hiroshima to Miyajima, Omishima and Ikuchijima Islands

Officials say some 150,000 foreign tourists visit Miyajima annually. http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e3454.html

If you wanna get more explanation about the Shinto shrine, read English wikipedia article or the report from UNESCO World Heritage Commitee.

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2. Re: Hiroshima to Miyajima, Omishima and Ikuchijima Islands

You might need a book on Japanese history to know in depth to know who was Taira no Kiyomori and what were his ideas behind funding that Shrine, but you can learn the basics by browsing Wikipedia as mentioned. I think that even good guides would struggle to give you thorough explanations to everything related to the Shrine, the architecture, or history associated with the Island. You would be better off by reading.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Itsukushima_Shrine

If you can ease your uncertainty by traveling in Japan a bit, really there is no "need" for a tour or excursions. Most foreign travelers to Japan only know a couple of words like Thank You and Good Bye; as a tourist, I would say that should be enough (get a phrasebook if you like). You can relax and travel like in your home town. Ask people around for help if you need one.

Omishima (大三島) is located on Onomichi-Imabari route of the Honshu-Shikoku crossing (aka Shimanami Kaido) linked by a series of bridges. There are some ferries along the way and you can browse the following sites for information. You can take the JR Sanyo Line train to Onomichi (for a scenic route, take the JR Kure Line); you may also take the Shinkansen that stops at Shin-Onomichi then take a bus (limited runs).

http://www.go-shimanami.jp/global/english/

http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e3478.html

http://www.ononavi.com/

Edited: 10:01 pm, March 27, 2014
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3. Re: Hiroshima to Miyajima, Omishima and Ikuchijima Islands

Miyajima: (click on "access" also): http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e3401.html

http://www.miyajima.or.jp/english/

Take the JR Sanyo Line Train from Hiroshima Station or Hiroden Tram No.2 from inner city stops to get to Miyajima-guchi ferry crossing point.

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The Shimanami Kaido area is most notable in Japan for a bike path from Imabari to Onomichi which is about 80 km, which is misleading. Yes, it's 80 km for the shortest route which is short, flat segments on each island for the briefest amount of time. 80 km in a day is easy for a road cyclist except you are sightseeing nothing.

I decided to nix the bike ride and rent a car for three days to really see the area. The biggest island is around 80 km in circumference alone. There are several mountain top observatories with steep roads. There are two caveats when planning a trip to the area: finding accomodations are difficult on English web sites, and the toll fees from island to island are expensive. The toll from Imabari to Onomichi in a straight shot is something like $135 U.S. If you hop from island to island, you don't notice the toll fees so much. I found one ryokan on Japanican and booked it for two nights, which means I had to head back to the island the 2nd day.

I suggest those who want to see Shimanami Kaido plan a dedicated trip to the area and not cram it into another itinerary. As an off-the-beaten path venture it's very rewarding, but shouldn't be your top priority on your first couple of trips to Japan. From the Tripadvisor reviews, it seems some have gone out of their way to see Kosanji Temple. Here is an excellent guide I used to sightsee the area (beware it's a 12 MB download):

go-shimanami.jp/download/…imabari_en.pdf

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BTW, I'd like to mention that the voluminous guide to Shimanami Kaido on the link I gave is typical of the kind of 'extended' English info you can get when you arrive to many areas in Japan. Check out the tourist info office at the local train stations. These extended, extremely detailed guides - in color and with maps - add more 'resolution' in things to see. In most cases, they are not available over the web.

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