Main Places to Visit
You can walk to the foot at low tide. It is magnificent to look up at the great Torii.
It is a World Heritage Site. It is a beautiful shrine. It looks different with the changing of the tide.
This is the main temple of the Singonshu Buddhist sect school of Omuro that is located at the foot of Misen.
It is the most famous temple in Miyajima, with a legacy of political power over Itsukushima Shrine until the separation of Shintoism and Buddhism.
Starting from Omoto Park where 100 year old fir trees and symplocos grow, then through the Komaga Forest which is the second only to Misen.
This was built by Hideyoshi Toyotomi, but has never been completed up to the present. It is a beautiful vemillion colored pagoda where both Japanese and Chinese styles are included in the design.
This is the oldest walking path in Miyajima.
It has a breathtaking view from the upper part of the hill.
As the saying goes, “You have seen Miyajima only after you have climbed Misen”. The best parts of Miyjima are the historical monuments on the way to Misen, the panoramic view from the top of Misen, and the abundant nature of her virgin forests.
There are a few routes provided to the top of Misen (535 m above sea level). It is possible to go up to 443 m above sea level by the gondola.
This is the biggest Shinto ceremony at Itsukushima Shrine. Kiyomori Taira, who founded Itsukushima Shrine, created and administered it as a ceremonial event of Shintoism to console the gods.
The tradition was originally an elegant play of Kangen where aristocrats enjoyed floating their boats on the river, but Kiyomori borrowed the tradition and brought it to Itsukushima Shrine.
The coastline is beautifully curved and about 700 meters long. The mild waves are suitable for families. There are cabins, campsites, an exercise area, and barbecue facilities available.
The quality of water coming from the virgin forest of Miyajima Misen, and the nutrition coming from the Ohta river blend well to feed these oyster farming sites. Miyajima oysters are thick, sweet and strong, and the meat is so pure and of a milky white color. Try the grilled shelled oysters.