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Miyajima
Miyajima

Miyajima

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Sights and Museums, Outdoors, Landmark, Scenic Lookout
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Miyajimacho, Hatsukaichi, Hiroshima Prefecture 739-0588, Japan
+81 829 44 2011
http://visit-miyajima-japan.com/en/
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Arguably one of the most breathtaking places in all of Japan, Mayajima is an island located 10 miles southwest of Hiroshima. The mountainous island is largely considered a holy place in Japan and is ... Read more
home to many Shinto temples and Buddhist Shrines. One of the most notable to see during a visit to the island includes the bright red Itsukishima Shrine and its torii, or "floating gate," aptly named because the gate appears to float in the water when the tide is high. Mayajima also features the Museum of History and Folklore, which houses artwork and crafts that tell the history of the island and the Miyajima Public Aquarium, which is home to over 350 sea creatures and marine life.

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Singapore, Singapore

One of the most scenic, island popular with both international and Japanese tourists. It's a short train ride and a ferry away from Hiroshima.

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Anchorage, Alaska, USA

This is one of the major attractions of Japan - the giant tori gate out on the beach that gets covered when the tide comes. Great opportunities to photograph at sunset, but the deer can be an unbelievable annoyance. Take the ferry out to the island.

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New London, Connecticut, USA

While not technically in the city of Hiroshima, Miyajima Island is part of the prefecture. It is a wonderful day trip. Home to the famous Itsukushima shrine and Mount Misen. The island offers some of the best maple treats and views in Japan. Be cautious of the "friendly" deer, they'll steal any paper that looks like food, especially money.

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Santa Clara, California, USA

Miyajima Island is a 10 minute ferry ride from Hiroshima and is known for the iconic Itsukushima shrine.

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Atyrau, Kazakhstan

Took the last ferry to Miajima. There are many dosile dwarf deer here. Ended up sleeping on a temple floor in my sleeping bag. Really wonderful views from the top at dawn.

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Chicago, Illinois, USA

This is probably one of the most famous places in all of Japan and it's worth the visit. It's only a short distance from Hiroshima and is accessible by boat. Make sure to stay for high tide as that's when the torii gate looks most impressive out in the water. During low tide you can run out and touch the torii gate which is a different experience as well.

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Pittsford (town), New York

This is a very nice island a short ferry ride from Hiroshima. The island has many shops and places to eat, even a hotel. They have protected deer that are wild but seem to like tourists. Island of shrines with something for all.

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Sydney, Australia

The famous 'floating torii' gate on the island of Miyajima is its major draw, and one of the most photographed sights in Japan. While this is one of the top tourist draws in the Hiroshima area, it is an unabashed tourist trap, and although the island has some nice short hikes, visitors are often left wondering what to do after they snap their photographs of the enormous orange arch. If you're going to go, be sure to check the tide schedule -- the gate sitting on a mudflat when the tide is out is rather uninspiring.

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San Luis Obispo

When you're in Hiroshima, make time for an excursion by boat to this sacred offshore island, where vermilion torii gates stand in the water (making for memorable vacation photos). It's a pilgrimage site, and also a family-friendly day trip for the hike to the top of the holy mountain. Tip: This spiritual retreat is a soul-soothing antidote to the sadness of visiting Hiroshima's WWII atomic bomb memorial & museum earlier in the day.

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Kiryat Gat, Israel

Beautiful, tasty, nice. We were there at spring, and I falled in love with this island.

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Helsinki, Finland

It was spring when I visited Miyajima and the weather was cloudy. There was fog in the air and it rained many times that day.. But I loved every bit of it. Miyajima was so beautiful with fog surrounding the landscape. The atmosphere was really relaxing and you could see some beautiful nature and landscape, also a figure of Hiroshima from there. I recommend to visit it for even few hours if you stop by at Hiroshima!

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Bangkok, Thailand

Miyajima is one of the Nihon Sankei, one of the three most scenic places in Japan, and is definitely my favourite place. Miyajima is situated just outside Hiroshima and is reached by ferry.
Miyajima is a place to enjoy in any season and I definitely recommend a visit to this beautiful island.

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Bangkok, Thailand

Beautiful place. Lots of deer hanging around. Just don't feed them, Japanese people are trying to make them wild again. Lots of local shops and delicious restaurants. Beautiful shrines. Avoid going there is summer, it's just too hot. Also, since the shrine is practically ABOVE the water, there's a lot seaweeds stuck inside and they smell when there's a lot of heat. But it's still beautiful either way :)

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A beautiful island with many traditional Japanese sites to see! Just a short boat ride from Hiroshima.

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Miyajima Island is a place with great food and deers but it is mostly famous for the Itsukushima Shrine. The shrine looks the best when there is high tide because it looks as if it is floating on the water. On the way to the shrine you will see shops selling oysters, quite a few deers and a street full of things you can buy, you could stop and try the oysters or anything else that catches your eye and take photos of the deers. The deers roam freely around the island and sometimes might get in the way of your photo. Overall, I think it is quite a nice place to be.

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Singapore, Singapore

Love the deers roaming freely, the quaint shops and delicious local delicacies. Main attraction is the Torii of Miyajima island, the beloved icon of Japan, (to me) a symbol of hope and love for Hiroshima.

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Brooklyn, État de New York, États Unis

This lovely seaside temple is a must-see in Hiroshima. It can feel a bit commercial but the setting is perfect and the deer are a pleasant, if sometimes, pesky addition to the experience.

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San Severino Marche, Italy

MIyajima is the popular name of the island of Itsukushima, just in front of Hiroshima.

It is also the name of the amazing red shrine, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In order to maintain the sacrality of the island, common people was not allowed to set foot on Miyajima, therefore the shrine was built like a pier over the water, so that it appeared to float.

People can reach by foot the torii from the island only in certain time of the year, when the tide is low.

The islan is also full of deers (shika) and you can have wonderful walks through natural spots, such as waterfall, parks and historical temples.

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A view of the famous torii gate from the Itsukushima shrine in Miyajima.

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Loved this place!

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