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Getting around Miyajima 宮島の巡り方

1. Getting around Miyajima
2. Access to Miyajima
3. Fun street of Miyajima: Machiya Street
4. Itsukushima Shrine
5. Senjokaku Hall
6. Daisho-in Temple
7. Mt. Misen
8. Momijidani Park
9. Cafe with best view in Miyajima "Kakiwai"


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1. Getting around Miyajima
Miyajima is also called Itsukushima Island. The name means "Place where God came down." Because of this, the people strongly believed in the holiness of this island. Besides famous Itsukushima Shrine, there are quite a few attractive tourist destinations here. If you stay in Miyajima, you can visit all of them.

map: Itsukushima Sheine

2. Access to Miyajima
There are two ways to get to Miyajima Island:
1) Take Hiroden tram or JR Sanyo Honsen Line from JR Hiroshima to Miyajima-guchi, and walk to the ferry platform. Both Miyajima Matsudai Kisen and JR West Ferry connect Miyajima (A 10-minute ferry ride)
2) Take this route from Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima to Miyajima (50 minutes)



The main tourist destination spots are below:
Click on the titles to watch a video.

3. Machiya Street
In the old days, Miyajima Island was protected as a place of God. So, people were not allowed to land here, and even Shinto priests weren't permitted on the island, except during special rituals. Ancient Japanese offered a prayer to Mt. Misen (the place where God came down) from a distance. It was only from around the year 1300 that residents begin to live here. After that, the approach to the shrine, streets, and a town were built. Nowadays, the bustling shopping street of Omotesando, Machiya-dori with its old houses, Taki-koji with big houses of Shinto priests, and a path to Momijidani Park lined with hand-craft shops, are all interesting to see. We can feel the energy from world-wide visitors and the daily lives of locals at the same time.

4. Itsukushima Shrine
Around 850 years ago, Tairano Kiyomori (samurai and political leader; 1118-1181), sponsored the building of this "Shrine on the Sea". The original building that he had built was completed in around 1168.
The fine view of Itsukushima Shrine changes minute by minute, as the sunshine, wind, and the ebb and flow of the tide changes. At high tide, the reflection of the vermilion building flickers on the surface of the sea. While at low tide, a large sandy beach appears. The original formal procedure to worship here at Itsukushima Shrine was to enter the shrine through the big famous red torii gate on a special boat.

5. Senjokaku Hall
Senjokaku, a hall 1,000 tatami mats in size, is on the top of a hill commanding a view of Itsukushima Shrine. And from down below, the hall and five-story pagoda next to the hall make beautiful scenery from Itsukushima Shrine. Many Japanese visit here at the end of their final destination of their Miyajima tours. They enjoy a nice breeze and view, have a good stretch, and relax on the wide-open wood floor. When I visited here in late November, the surrounding hills and fields were cloaked in autumn colors and a comfortable breeze was blowing through the hall.

6. Daisho-in Temple
Daisho-in Temple was under the administration of Itsukushima Shrine until the end of the Edo era (1603-1868). It is said that it was established by Kukai (774-835), but there is no historical evidence to prove that. Daisho-in is located to the south of Itsukushima Shrine, a 20-minute walk from Miyajima Pier. Go to the backstreets of Itsukushima Shrine (called Taki-koji), and you will see the temple buildings sitting at the foot of Mt. Misen (535m).
I visited this temple in late November. The autumn leaves surrounding the temple buildings were at their best. Walking up the stone steps, I really enjoyed a great view of the inlet.

7. Mt. Misen
Mt. Misen is considered to be a sacred mountain, standing north of Itsukushima Shrine. For thousands of years, Japanese climbed Mt. Misen only as an object of their faith. They left their footprints here and there along the mountain paths. In 806, legendary Buddhist priest, Kukai, stopped by here and lit a sacred fire.
On a morning in late November, we went up Mt. Misen. The sun was completely hidden behind thick clouds. So I thought we wouldn’t have a nice view from the top of the mountain. But surprisingly, in spite of my dire prediction, I saw an unexpected fine view in all directions from the peak. The islands of the inland sea of Japan were mysterious and beautiful and seemed to be floating in the sparkling sea.
There are basically four ways to climb Mt. Misen: hiking along the river from Momijidani Park (a 90-minute climb), walking along a long path following stone steps from Daisho-in Temple (100 minutes), a gentle slope from Omoto Park (120 minutes), and a ropeway (20 minutes) plus walking (60 minutes). The autumn leaves of Mt. Misen are at their best from mid to late November.

8. Momojidani Park
Momijidani Park is in a valley at the mountain foot of Mt. Misen. There are about 700 Japanese maple trees scattered around the park, and they create a stunning view of autumn foliage. Here, the subtle gradation of red, orange, and yellow are just breathtaking! Trees are on the slopes, on the flat paths, and along the river. The park is a 20-minute walk from Miyajima Pier, and a 15-minute walk from Itsukushima Shrine. The best time to see the autumn leaves is usually mid to late November.

9. Cafe "Kakiwai"
Café “Kakiwai” sits on a hill commanding a magnificent view of Miyajima's five-story pagoda and the inland sea of Japan. The open terrace and the large-windowed wide dining room are simple, created from an old house. We can get a breath-taking view from every table. You might enjoy a glass of white wine along with marinated oysters cooked in oil, or artistically decorated cakes with tea. The café provides a nice and quiet time remote from the hustle and bustle of this very busy and crowded tourist site. This is the antenna shop of an oyster restaurant “Kakiya” at Omotesando Street in Miyajima. The main restaurant is very popular among both locals and tourists.
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