The sacred island of Miyajima and the famous floating torii
Miyajima Travel Blog› entry 13 of 34 › view all entries
March 16th, 2008 – by: portia
After getting off the ferry, we were immediately greeted by several tame deer. And there were a lot of deer to be sure. Some were very bold and pestered tourists for treats. Even though there were signs saying to not touch or feed them, the signs were ignored by most. So you do have to walk a little carefully to avoid stepping on the deer droppings.
The vermillion colored torii, about 50 feet high, is set in the sea to appear floating when the tide is high, but it's not actually floating. When the tide is low, you could walk up to it. I didn't time it so it would be high tide, so it was just our luck that the tide was high enough. The Itsukushima Shrine built on stilts dates from the year 593 behind it could also be in the water, but the tide wasn't high enough for that when we were there, still it was a very interesting place and lots of photo opportunities.
We walked through the street lined with shops to get to the are of the torii, and bought tickets to go into the Itsukushima Shrine. We probably should have gone to see the Senjokaku Paviilion first, which was a big pavilion measured by the number of tatamis it held. By the time we looped around, the pavilion was closed. We walked through the long corridors of the shrine and exited on the other side of the cove. Some people were walking toward the torii in the water. We walked back around the back of the shrine and to where we started to take some photos of the torii during sunset. Many photographers were lined up with tripods for their shots. We left Miyajima in the dark on the ferry, and went back to Hiroshima to find our dinner. One can also stay on the island overnight, which might also provide a chance to take photos at dawn.
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