Miyajima : One of the top three scenic spots in Japan
The Island of Gods, well known for its floating shrine and Otorii.
Miyajima Island, one of the most scenic spots in Japan, has long been regarded as an Island of Gods on the beautiful Seto Inland Sea. It is a romantic and historical island where Itsukushima Shrine, a World Heritage site, is located, along with the Virgin Forest of Mt. Misen, and numerous preserved shrines, temples and historical monuments.
Do you have any idea what Itsukushima Shrine is?
It is a shrine floating on the sea.
There are many other places to visit in Miyajima.
The Shrine Island: Buddhism and Shintoism
A number of wondrous shrines and temples.
Places to visit:
- Daishoin is the main temple of the Shingon Buddhism school of Omuro. There are many prayer halls, Mandala arts, Buddhist statues, and caves...
- Senjokaku has a surprisingly large floor space, commonly called the palace of a thousand tatami mats.
- The five storied pagoda skillfully combines Japanese and Chinese styles.
- The Daiganji temple contains a well known Benzaiten, one of three major Benzaiten statues in Japan.
- Tahoto is based on authentic Japanese style, and has partially adopted some Tenjiku influences and the Kara style from China.
- Shrines and temples were built and preserved on the summit of Misen, a place of magic and wonder.
Hiking, Walking , Discovering Rare Plants
Don’t miss the virgin forest of Mount Misen, the Momiji dani Park, the Uguisu walking path, and the fir trees in Ohmoto park and sakuras.
Mount Misen: Numerous miracles and legends, a panoramic view.
Ever since Kobodaishi and Kukai founded this holy site in 806, Kiyomori Taira and Hirobumi Ito also reverred this place and since then numerous visitors have also visited and legends have evolved about these figures.
The virgin forests of Mt. Misen, Kisekikaiseki (rocks of unusual shapes and sizes) and the historical momuments found everywhere in Mount Misen are truly harmonius, and create splendid landscapes.
The two observatories (Shishiiwa and Misen) make the panoramamic view complete and free of obstructions. It is also possible to see the spectacular islands of the Seto Inland Sea.
Festivals and Matsuri
Various events and ritual festivals held around Itsukushima Shrine, and in many other places on the island, help us to fully appreciate the changing seasons, the graceful Heian culture, and the heroic Muromachi culture of ancient Japan.
Old District of Miyajima and Surrounding Areas
Local handicrafts and unique foods are available at the shops along the entrance path. These Miyajima crafts are traditional historical handicrafts, and the special foods unique to Miyajima include sweet and fleshy oysters, and maple leaf shaped Momiji Manjyu. (Sweet bean paste cakes)
Staying at a Traditional Japanese Inn
There are many inns and hotels (ryokan) on Miyajima, and the Japanese style inns are traditional and inviting to guests. Why not stay in Miyajima and view the sunset over the Otorii gate, cruise aroud the sea in the late afternoon, or dress up in Yukata and take a walk whilst enjoying the local fresh foods. You could even take a nice, relaxing hotspring bath (onsen) at night.