Torii of Miyajima

Miyajima Travel Blog

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It's low tide in Miyajima when we arrived there that afternoon after a convenient 50-minute tram ride from our hostel in Hiroshima to the ferry terminal that will bring us to Miyajima.

We caught the ferry - a 15 minute ride onto the island and saw the famous 'floating' torii of Miyajima - well, not quite floating. It was low tide!

The ferry terminal was a 10 minute away from the torii and along the path are shops and restaurants. We stopped by to have a taste of their specialty - grilled oyster on mochi! Yummy! We saw some deers and looked into the manju shops. I bought the area's famous momiji manju (maple-leaf manju)! I bought the red bean and green tea momiji manju which were just oishii~!

Miyajima, meaning 'shrine island', is famous for Itsushima Shrine and its floating torii gate.

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During the morning when it is high tide, the torii is at its pictureques, floating. But we arrived in the afternoon - during low tide. During this time, we were able to view the torii up close, and some people say it is good luck to walk under it.

I wasn't able to walk under the torii gate since the tide started coming in, but it was cool to be close to it.

We took pictures, goofing around, and realizes that we wanted to take the ropeway to the summit of Mt Misen... but alas, we missed the last one for the day! Boo~!

Instead we walked around the island, checked out more of its temples, before finally leaving, as the lights turned on, illuminating the surrounding area of the Itsushima Shrine and the now floating torii gate - as the tide has finally come in...

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photo by: liekevo