Miyajima Island, JapanOctober 18 in Japan
A day trip to Miyajima today! Only an hour or so from Hiroshima makes this a perfect outing, the kids loved having to ride the ferry over! We expected it to be full of tourists as we hadn't arrived until about 11am, surprisingly it wasn't that crowded (for tourist attraction standards!)
Touted as one of Japan's most beautiful views is the vermillion floating torii of Itsukushima-jinja shrine. Even if you don't recognise the name, you would definitely have seen many photographs of this magnificent site. It was easily spotted from the ferry trip and just as spectacular in the distance and up close! We arrived at low tide and by the time we left it was almost high tide so got to see it from both perspectives.
Unfortunately the shrine itself was quite busy, which meant we skipped the walk along the pier like walkways and headed straight towards the Mt Misen ropeway. Misen is the highest peak of Miyajima. Being fairly hot and bothered by the time we made the climb just to get to the ropeway entrance (and 2 cable cars later) the kids had no more energy left to actually climb to the peak (about a half hour hike up and down walking trails). The observatory from the ropeway exit station still offered stunning sea views.
Along the way to Misen ropeway we walked past gorgeous park areas and many more deer! The deer also roam freely here, but are much more wild than the deer at Nara. They are quiet and creep up behind you looking for anything that resembles food. One actually snuck up behind Addy and tried to snatch her ice cream off her! Mik also ended up being cornered by another deer, I think they took an immense dislike to him. He begs to differ!
Having walked much of the day already and needing to get back to Hiroshima, the kids were happy to spend the rest of the afternoon sampling some local food, and of course looking through the souvenir shops along the walk back to the ferry.
I would definitely return again and stay longer, but a day trip is sufficient to see the main attractions of the island.Read more