When you think about Torii shrines in Japan, one of two places will come up: Fushimi Inari Taisha in Kyoto (check my post here) and the iconic Itsukushima Shrine in Miyajima.
Itsukushima is known as Miyajima which literally means “shrine island.” Said that when you die your soul will cross over via boat into the next world. I can’t suggest going to this little off the track island from Hiroshima enough! It’s ended up being one of my favourite places within Japan so far!
Getting to Miyajima:
Check out how to get Hiroshima here under ‘the basics.’
25m ¥410 | AUD: $5.18| USD: $3.69
From Hiroshima / Nishi-Hiroshima take the JR Sanyo Line to Miyajimaguchi Station. This is covered by the JR PASS
When you get to Miyajimaguchi, the first thing you’ll see is signs for the Ferry Port. You need to go under the road and continue straight to get to the port.
10m ¥180| AUD: $2.27| USD: $1.62
There are two ferries that run you over to Miyajima – both cost the same, however, the JR pass is only valid on the JR Miyajima line.
There is a direct boat that connects to the Miyajima that runs from down from the Atomic Bomb Dome in Hiroshima Peace Park that costs ¥3600 return trip.
MY TOP CHOICES!
Miyajima is known for the iconic red Torii shrine which during low tide you can walk out to and then high tide allows you to take a boat under. From what I read/remember – the reason why they built the shrine with the sea levels is so as not to disrupt the whole island, which is considered to be a god in itself.
Whilst researching for prices again, I came across this post here called Daisho-in Temple and If I had known about this temple, it would have been my top choice!
⏰ Mon-Sun 6:30 to 18:00
Mt Misen is beautiful, you can take the cable car up for ¥1000 and walk down (aka the lazy way to do it) which is what I did. Make sure you take water if you’re climbing up, be aware of snakes – if you see one just let it pass and keep still, it’ll get out of your way.
Also, I have no idea how I missed everything but people say you can see temples along the way. I don’t know if I missed the whole area but I really just saw the summit and the surrounding area. I think it’s because there was a path I didn’t take. This just means I’ll have to return.
WHAT I DID
I got up pretty early to head off to the island, I got lost three times on the walk to Nishi-Hiroshima station because I had previously broken my phone (tyyyypical) however once I noticed other tourists I asked if they were off that way and then we walked together.
Arriving at the island, I saw some deer trying to get into a store and so I sat by an apple tree cracking apples and feeding the deer probably too long for it to be normal but hey, they’re pretty cute, and much tamer than Nara. As well as all the things I recommended, I grabbed some juice that was made out of oranges on the island – perfect for the heat.
WHERE TO STAY
🏢 H O S T E L:
HOSTEL MALLIKA T A (Trip Advisor)
Great location – take bus #24/25 from Hiroshima Station. It’s about a 15-minute walk to Nishi-Hiroshima.
|Free toast + coffee.|
|Free shampoo, conditioner & body wash. Private showers, toilets in rooms (kinda close)|
|Mixed Capsule Dorms. Light, Fan & power plugs in each bed.
lockers + bag locks.
|Free wifi, common area, kitchen.|
Have you been to Miyajima? Is it on your list?
As always, stay cool.