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Asia » Japan » Hiroshima » Miyajima May 20th 2019

For breakfast every day so far I have had salad and fruit but today I was able to have my favourite cereal - cocoa pops! We were met in the hotel by our guide for the day Masako Unezaki. Our first stop was the island of Miyajima. We took a train to Miyajimaguchi and then a ferry across to Miyajima. Whilst we were on the train I asked a question about the railway. All the rail lines are run by JR - Japan Rail. The railway started off as a nationalised enterprise until 1 April 1987. It split into seven companies - six being passenger companies and one being a freight company. Although they all carry the same logo they are distinct companies; they do not have a group holding company or a group headquarters, they ... read more
Tori gate of Itsukushima shrine
Itsukushima shrine on Miyashima island
Kukai (Kobo Daishi) founded Shingon Buddhism

Asia » Japan » Hiroshima » Miyajima May 24th 2018

The sun has come out, so we decide that today we will spend the day at Miyajima Island, which is just off the coast about thirty kilometres south-west of Hiroshima. We catch the train to the port of Miyajimaguchi and then a ferry over to the island. The island is well known for its torii gate just offshore from the island‘s Itsukushima Shrine, and we’ve seen pictures of it on lots of Japanese travel posters. It’s low tide when we arrive so the base of the gate is above the water level, and lots of people are wandering around it on the sand. It is spectacular. I’ve broken my sunglasses so we try to find another pair. It seems that sunglasses aren’t all that popular in Japan, and we go into lots of shops before we ... read more
Shops, Miyajima Island
Torii gate, Itsukushima Shrine
Wedding, Miyajima Island

Asia » Japan » Hiroshima » Miyajima April 22nd 2018

The first sight of Miyajima (the Shrine Island) , is the Torii Gate, one of the most recognizable scene of Japan. It took a 6 hour train ride from Takayama to Hiroshima, then a very short ferry ride (about 10 minutes) to Miyajima Island. We were greeted warmly by a group of deer. They came up to all the tourist, nudging for handouts and ready to be petted. This small island is only 12 square miles and very walkable. Miyajima is sacred to both Shintoism and Buddhism. The Itsukushima Shrine was initially constructed in 593 AD and expanded in later years. The temple complex was built without any nails and gaps were purposely left between the floor slabs to allow water to flow through at high tide. The temple would appear floating on the sea during ... read more
It floats on water at high tide
Greeting by friendly deer
digging clams at low tie

Asia » Japan » Hiroshima » Miyajima April 23rd 2017

The island of Itsukushima is more famously known as Deer Island. The Sika deer roam freely amongst the shrines, shops, and visitors. They are very tame and friendly . In ancient times, the deer on Miyajima were worshipped as messengers of the Gods and of the locals. Just don't let your guard down, bc they will come after your breakfast muffin!... read more
Found a grapefruit
They will walk with you
They are all over the island, to include the top of Mt Yokoyama

Asia » Japan » Hiroshima » Miyajima October 10th 2016

Itsukushima island , were the Japan born....... read more
Miyajima Itsukushima 2016
Miyajima Itsukushima 2016
Miyajima Itsukushima 2016

Asia » Japan » Hiroshima » Miyajima September 27th 2016

Z Hiroshima’ą jest podobnie jak z włoską Pizą. Niby jedziesz do niej ale po zobaczeniu krzywej wieży i zrobieniu z nią 10 obowiązkowych fotek, gdzie ta wyrasta partnerowi z głowy, robi za dezodorant pod pachą etc., każdy zwija manatki i jedzie do Sieny lub Florencji. Miasto nie ma po prostu wiele więcej do zaoferowania. Podobnie, głównym celem naszej obecności w prefekturze Hiroshima nie było samo miasto, lecz oferująca wiele więcej atrakcji dla podniebienia i oczu, wyspa Miyajima. Park pamięci ofiar wybychu bomby, przykry i dołujący obowiązek, został spełniony dzień wcześniej więc po zjedzeniu śniadania od razu wsiedliśmy w pociąg podmiejski, który dowiózł nas do przystani promowej, z której dbijał prom na wyspę. Pogoda byla tak piękna a prom tak malowniczo i spokojnie sunął po wodzie, że nie przepadająca za pływaniem Basia (przybiera zaz... read more
Promem na Myiajima.
Tori Gate. Myiajima.
Miyajima Tori.

Asia » Japan » Hiroshima » Miyajima September 23rd 2016

Hungry deer, a mountain to climb, a dipstick and bizarre weather in Hiroshima Let's start with the weather. I'm half way down the stairs of the hostel and I think 'hang on I've forgotten my raincoat.' No-one in their right mind is going to go out in Japan without a raincoat. I have my umbrella of course. But no raincoat as well would be madness. And then, in what must be the first time ever in Japan....it hasn't rained!! All day!! I've used my brolly though to keep the sun off because of course I didn't bring a hat or sun cream with me. It's been really hot so it was nice to get some shaved ice late in the day. I haven't had that for a while and some effort and half a block of ... read more
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Asia » Japan » Hiroshima » Miyajima September 23rd 2016

Today was a first in that I relaxed on the beach with a few deer. It was also a first in that I saw three small dogs and a cat all being pushed around in a pram by an elderly man. But as I'm in Japan, I'm getting used to experiencing 'firsts'. We were a bit worn out due to many long days of exploring Japan, so I decided we could have a lie in, oooh at least until 8.30am! At Hiroshima station, an employee whose job is to direct tourists in the right direction placed us on the correct platform for Miyajimaguchi Station where we planned to catch a ferry to Miyajima Island - all of this was free with our JR pass. The train was ram packed full of tourists so we had to ... read more
Deer on Miyajima
Chilaxing with deer on the beach
Itsukushima Shrine

Asia » Japan » Hiroshima » Miyajima April 14th 2016

While preparing for our trip to Japan, Danny and I listened to a Japanese history podcast. The image for the series was the floating tori gate of the Itsukushima shrine so it was a special treat to see it today. The gate stands in the Inland Sea as the entrance to the shrine on the island of Miyajima, near Hiroshima. Its foundations are sunk in the sand so it appears to float when the tide is high. The rest of the shrine, a sprawling structure of orange pillars and curved rooftops, is on the water's edge with canals lapping around it like a Shinto Venice. Miyajima is a beautiful island. Much of it is a nature preserve and there are wild deer who try to eat anything tourists have but are otherwise docile. The island has ... read more
Floating Tori gate
Wedding ceremony, Itsukushima Shrine

Asia » Japan » Hiroshima » Miyajima March 31st 2016

After a heavy day I was up for some hiking. So I took the bike ( for free :D ) as a true Dutch person should to the island. The weather wasn't all that nice but it was warm enough for a shirt, so I'm content with that. I biked through the small town up to the famous 'floating' torii gate. Floating because in high tide the torii gate appears to be floating. Anyway, it was a nice view but meh. I checked out a few temples but they looked far too basic to go in. So I went for a coffee. Best coffe I have had in Japan so far and the staff was very nice. After that I went for some homemade ice cream, flavors: green tea and black sesame. The black sesame was ... read more
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