The island of Miyajima is famous for its Buddhist holy sites and its friendly, free roaming deer. Officially titled Itsukushima, the name Miyajima, which literally translates to "shrine island", was popularized because the island is part of a district called Miyajima in Hatsukaichi City. The most famous shrine on the island is Itsukushima Jinja, built on pillars directly on the shore facing the mainland. During high tide, sea water runs in underneath the buildings. During low tide, visitors can walk out to its giant torii gate out in the ocean. The island is accessible via ferry from Miyajimaguchi Station. The ride takes about 10 minutes and boats run every 15 minutes in both directions. JR Pass holders will be happy to know that one of the two available ferry services is run by JR and covered by the pass. Miyajima is known for momiji manju -- sweet, stuffed cake buns in the shape of a maple leaf. They are available in various styles, from steamed to deep-fried. If you are planning on taking momiji manju home as a souvenir, we strongly recommend you buy them shortly before you leave the island, as the deer are quite fond of them and actually will try to steal them from you.
Miyajima Water Fireworks Festival
Miyajima Water Fireworks Festival is held just 400m away from Itsukushima Shrine's torii gate.
This five-story pagoda was built in 1407 and stands 27,6 meters high. The tower mixes Japanese and Chinese architecture.
Hokoku Jinja Shrine Senjokaku
Hokoku Jinja Shrine, also called Toyokuni Jinja Shrine, is the biggest building of the island with its "Hall of 1000 mats", or "Senjokaku".
Located on Miyajima Island, Sarasvati serves different types of coffee inside a former storehouse building from the early 1900s.
Iwaso is truly historic, it's been around since 1854 and is located close to Itsukushima Shrine which is a designated World Heritage site.
Miyajima History and Folklore Museum
This museum is situated inside a building from the 1800s. It used to be the private residence of the Egami family and is now a public historical archive. New exhibition rooms were added to the existing main building and storehouses to make space for the 3,000
Miyajima Omotesando Shopping Street
Not to be confused with Omotesando Avenue in Tokyo, Omotesando Shopping Street is one of the busiest places in Miyajima, packed with souvenir shops and restaurants.
Miyajima Public Aquarium
At this aquarium, visitors can not only watch sea creatures go about their day, this is also a learning center. Here, young and old can study the environments and habits of water animals and in some cases even interact with them. Several times a day, visitors
Momijidani Park has over 700 maple trees that turn bright red from mid to late November.
Yamadaya (Miyajima Main Store)
This snack shop has been in operation for over 70 years and offers momiji manju. Momiji manju is a maple-leaf shaped bun with jam filling. Momiji is the name for the Japanese maple tree and its leaves, well-known for their distinctive shape. Viewing them durin
This is a Hiroshima-style okonomiyaki restaurant close to the Miyajima Ferry Station.
Miyajima Ropeway offers a 360-degree view of Mount Misen, the sea, the surrounding islands and mountains.
Located in the northwest of Hiroshima Bay, Miyajima, formally known as Itsukushima, is one of Hayashi Razan's "Three Views of Japan", a list of Japan's three most celebrated scenic sights. The island is famous for the Itsukushima Shrine, a UNESCO World Heritag
Misen is a mountain on Miyajima Island, the peak of which can be reached by the Miyajima Ropeway.
Reika-do is said to have a fire that was set by a monk 1200 years ago that still burns today.
Shishiiwa Observatory offers a panoramic view of the Seto Inland Sea and the surrounding islands.
Located only 1 minute from Hiroden-Miyajimaguchi Station, Okinado specializes in traditional Japanese sweets.
Sekitei is located near the island of Aki no Miyajima which is one of the most picturesque spots in Japan. This Japanese inn has guest rooms dotted around its well maintained garden. With its serene atmosphere, it's a great place to relax to get away from city
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
The Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, at the southern end of the Peace Memorial Park, has continuously appealed for the elimination of nuclear arms and the realization of permanent world peace.
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park
This park was built between 1950 and 1964. The Peace Memorial Museum at the southern end of the park was opened in 1955. Since 1952, the park has been the scene of the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Ceremony, held annually in the morning on August 6th.
Cenotaph for the A-bomb Victims
Designed by architect Kenzo Tange, the words "Let all the souls here rest in peace, for we shall not repeat the evil" are inscribed on the front stone.
Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims
Peace Memorial Halls for the Atomic Bomb Victims are located in both Nagasaki and Hiroshima, the two cities which suffered atomic bombings. They were built in order to impress upon people the preciousness of the sacrifices made by those who died after exposure
River Sightseeing Boat Pier
Ferries leave from this pier to Miyajima Island. Please check their schedule on the website.
Atomic Bomb Dome
The A-Bomb Dome, known as the Hiroshima Peace Memorial, is what remains of the former Prefectural Industrial Promotion Hall. The building served as a location to promote Hiroshima's industries. When the bomb exploded, it was one of the few buildings to remain
Miyajima Grand Hotel Arimoto
A 3-minute stroll from Itsukushima Shrine, Miyajima Grand Hotel Arimoto boasts an outdoor hot spring bath, 3 restaurants and karaoke. It offers luxurious Japanese-style and Western rooms, massages and a free shuttle from Miyajima
Miyajima Guest House Mikuniya
Located on Miyajima (Itsukushima), Miyajima Guest House Mikuniya offers a Japanese-style accommodation and a small garden. Free Wi-Fi and bicycle rentals are available. Miyajima Ferry Terminal is a 15-minute walk away.
Located in the World Heritage Miyajima Island, Iwaso features Japanese-style accommodations with beautiful surrounding views. Guests can relax in the indoor and outdoor hot-spring baths and request for massages.
Just 1 km from Itsukushima Shrine, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Kikunoya has air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi, a private bath and an LCD TV. Guests can soak in the hot spring bath.
Located at Miyajima and featuring beautiful views of the five-story pagoda of Itsukushima Shrine, Ryoso Kawaguchi offers Japanese-style accommodations with free Wi-Fi.
Located right in front of Miyajima Aquarium and a 5-minute walk from Itsukushima Shrine's exit, Mizuhasou offers accommodations in a modern yet traditional décor. Free Wi-Fi is available at the entire building.
Forest Villa Mizuha
Located in tranquil nature, Forest Villa Mizuha is a private 3-bedroom house for up to 10 people. It features a Japanese-style interior with tatami (woven-straw) floors and traditional futon bedding. A kitchen and washing machine