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Itsukushima Shrine Torii – Miyajima

Posted in Places by tokyobling on July 18, 2014

The grand torii of the Itsukushima Shrine is one of the many reasons that Hiroshima’s Miyajima Island is considered one of the top tourist attractions of Japan (in my opinion, even maybe the top attraction). At high tide the torii sits seemingly in the middle of the ocean but on low tide the water recedes and you can easily walk right up to it.

This torii was designed not to be anchored to the ground, it actually remains in place just by its own weight which makes it more or less earth quake proof. During high tide many tourist boats pass through ut and I as is customary people like to offer money to the gate. At low tide the money becomes visible in droves underneath the gate, in some places it piles up in droves. Still, to pick anything up or remove any of the money would be big no-no, so most people leave it alone where it is.

It was raining during most of my visit and together with this being a weekday afternoon meant that there were quite few other tourists during my visit. I even managed to meet one of the many wild deer out for a stroll later in the afternoon after the school kids and tourists had left.

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  1. amadl said, on July 18, 2014 at 7:24 am

    The first and third photos are beautifuL! ^^b

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  2. Ms B. said, on July 18, 2014 at 9:46 pm

    I’d previously dismissed Miyajima as too touristy but now I’ve got a trip planned for October – can’t wait! Your series on Hiroshima ken has been really interesting. Any more stories to come?

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    • tokyobling said, on July 22, 2014 at 3:11 am

      Thank you! Yes, I have about a dozen more stories to come, mostly about the war and temples and stuff. (^-^;) Miyajima is full of tourists but not too touristy. It is simply gorgeous. And the further you get from the crowds the better it gets. Most people don’t bother with the temples far inland.

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  3. Byunghun said, on July 20, 2014 at 4:49 am

    when is the best time to visit Miyajima, would you say?

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    • tokyobling said, on July 22, 2014 at 3:09 am

      Hi! I have only been once and it was off season, rainy season and on a weekday morning. I seem to have beat the crowds though! Whatever you do, I recommend a weekday, full day. Hotels on the mainland are cheaper, so get the first ferry in and the last ferry out, enjoy the cool cafes and nice views on the island as long as your stay lasts. I think a full day is good, but on a busy schedule half a day is more than enough to see it all. Autumn is the most popular so might be the busiest.

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