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Review of Miyajima

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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and Miyajima Island Tour from Hiroshima
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Owner description: Scenic site that includes the Itsukushima Shrine, Otorii Gate and visit to Mt. Misen.
Ibara, Japan
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“A must visit!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 30, 2013

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!

Visited November 2013
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Austin, Texas
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“Make the effort to stay on the island”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 28, 2013

Like all islands, the day trippers can make this place a nightmare. The trick is to stay on the island so that you have it to yourself when the daytime visitors leave. The beauty of the island is in the early mornings or late at night when most of the daytime visitors have gone back to the mainland. Experience the shrines early in the calm mornings before the ferries start. Your pictures will come out perfect without unexpected people. And in the evenings when the tide is out you can literally walk up to the Torii gate for wonderful pictures of the gate with the setting sun. There is also an unadvertised wildlife preserve that is well worth the visit. We took the tram up to the top of the mountain then walked down through the preserve. The walk down can be tough but well worth the experience.
Our Japan Rail passes covered the ferry rides each day. So after visiting the shines in the early mornings we headed to the mainland while the island was crowded, returning in the evening for our special time.
Note the restaurants close early when the daytime visitors leave so plan ahead for dinner.

Visited August 2013
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Singapore, Singapore
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“Will visit again!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 26, 2013

Be there early of the day if you're traveling during winter period as night falls early and shops closed around 5plus pm.

There are deers roaming around! They are tame so it's safe to touch them. If you love deers, you could visit Nara as well. There are many many more deers in Nara!

I love the peaceful yet exciting path to the shrines and little paths. I tried the Eel rice and the grilled oysters. Oysters taste fresh and Oishiiii !

I will probably stay in Miyajima when i visit this place again.

Visited December 2013
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 25, 2013

Miyajima is an island devoted to the Kami, to the Shinto Gods. So, constructions in old times must be made over the water. This generated the incredible sanctuary literally situated in the water, with the imposing torii that became the postal of Japan. There si also an important pagoda and other temples and sanctuaries, and a lovely village. You can stay there for the night, as hotels and riukan exist. Or you may come from Hiroshima and return, in what case half-a-day could be enough. Prepare to feel Japan at its maximum! And to take a lot of photographs.

Visited February 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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“Should have stayed longer”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 22, 2013 via mobile

Miyajima was a stopover on our way from Kyoto to Fukuoka. We left Kyoto early morning and arrived in Hiroshima to visit Atomic bomb dome. Then from Hiroshima we took JR train for about an hour then changed over to the JR ferry to Miyajima. The transfer to ferry is super easy as it's signed everywhere.

Short ride to Miyajima and then we just walked to the famous gate. Deers were everywhere just like in Nara. They are just adorable. As we arrived around 1100 or so there weren't that many people yet so it was quite okay.

I absolutely loved the shopping street. We passed a restaurant that does grilled oysters and we had to try - grilled oysters and beer - yumm. Unfortunately we didn't have much time as we had to go back to Hiroshima to catch our train to Fukuoka (all within one day).

I definitely would have stayed much longer, at least a whole day to go all the way up the hill, walk the entire shopping street, sample all sorts of local delicacies, sit in a restaurant to have a meal and would even stay the night.

Visited October 2013
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