Miyajima is a small island that has a lot to offer. The first thing you notice when you arrive is the amount of deer that roam around. Cute little fellas, just be careful, they're kind of like goats and love to chew stuff. There is the famous Itsukushima Shrine you can visit--for a modest fee of course--and then there is the iconic floating gate (have your camera at the ready!) The island is also heavily populated by tourist shops and many other small shrines and temples.
If you want to get away from the big crowds--usually it is a very crowded attraction--you can head to Mount Misen and get a great view of Hiroshima bay. You don't have to climb up the whole mountain--although nothing is stopping you from doing so--just stop at the observation deck and soak in the view (expect a good half hour hike though).
You can also take a walk through the shopping district where you can buy many sweets, snacks and delicacies, including the famous "Momiji Manjuu". These are maple leaf-shaped yeast buns that come with a bean paste, chocolate or cream filling.
In the late afternoon (when we went), the low tide makes it so you can walk up to the "floating gate". Unfortunately, we were pressed for time, so we had to leave before.
If you ever visit Japan, make Miyajima one of your destinations!
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