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  • Miyajima Gojunoto Five-storied Pagoda

  • Miyajima Gojunoto Five-storied Pagoda

  • Miyajima Gojunoto Five-storied Pagoda

  • Miyajima Gojunoto Five-storied Pagoda

  • Miyajima Gojunoto Five-storied Pagoda

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Goju-no-to (Five-Storied Pagoda) at Miyajima island is dedicated to the Buddhist God of Medicine. The vermillion colored pagoda with a height of 27.6 meters is really an impressive sight. The mainly Japanese architecture style shows also some Chinese influence, especially in parts of the top of the wooden pillars. Best Ryokans in MiyajimaExplore Ryokans in Miyajima
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Goju-no-to is located on a little hill, which offers you from the top great views over the Senjokaku Shrine (Hall of One Thousand Tatami Mats), Itsukushima Shrine, village and the bay area. The cherry blossom season at the end of March and beginning of April is the best time to visit this beautiful place.

  • Miyajima Goju-no-to:
  • Closed - pagoda is not open for the public

History

Goju-no-to was built in 1407 and reconstructed in 1533. A special moment came in 1900 when the structure was declared a Specially Preserved Building. In 1945 major work were done to bring back the Five-Storied Pagoda to its original style.

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The Five-Storied Pagoda (Goju-no-to) is located at Miyajima Island right at the entrance of the Itsukushima Shrine.
Address: Miyajima-cho, Hatsukaichi City 739-0521

How to get to Goju-no-to?

  • 4-5hrs from Tokyo to Hiroshima Station by JR Tokaido-Sanyo Shinkansen Line
  • 25min from Hiroshima Station to Miyajima-guchi Station by JR Sanyo Line and
  • 10min from Miyajima-guchi Station to Miyajima by ferry

Sightseeing spots

nearby:

Senjo-kaku - huge wooden hall built in 1587 by Toyotomi Hideyoshi, it is the largest building on Miyajima Read more >

Itsukushima Shinto Shrine - a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a must-see destination in Japan Read more >

Miyajima-cho - The only village on the island Miyajima has the name Miyajima-cho. At the moment 1942 people living there and in 2005 it was merged with the city Hatsukaichi.

Mount Misen - the view from the top of the mountain (530m) is amazing Read more >

Daiganji - important Buddhist temple, dedicated to the Goddess Benzaiten, is dating back to the Heian period (794 to 1185)

Daishoin Temple - this Shingon temple is one of the most important in the western part of Japan Read more >

Miyajima Aquarium - reopend in August 2011, it is a Seto Inland Sea themed aquarium

Museum of Historical and Folklore Materials - constructed in 1830's, 3000 items about the Miyajima history are on display

Momijidani Park - located at the base of Mount Misen, best time to visit is the Autumn season

Taho-to - beautiful pagoda, located south of Itsukushima-jinja Read more >

Omoto Park - it is one of the best cherry blossom spots at Miyajima island Read more >

Festival & Events (dates can change without notice)

February

Miyajima Oysters Festival (9th till 10th)
Miyajima is famous for its oysters. This festival gives you the chance to enjoy this delicious food.

March

Kiyomori Festival (22nd)
The Itsukushima Shrine prayer parade is held from 1 to 3pm.

August

Kangensai Festival (4th)
The largest annual festival at the Itsukushima Shrine is dating back to the Heian period.

Miyajima Water Fireworks Display (11th)
Every year more than 300 000 visitors enjoy this spectacle. It is considered to be one of the most famous in Japan.

November

Hiwatarishiki in Daiganji (3rd)
Monks from Miyajima island walk over fire during the ceremony. If you are brave enough you can join them:)