Miyajima Itsukushima Shrine
Miyajima Town Cherry Blossom
Miyajima Town Cherry Blossom
Miyajima Town Busy People
Facts & Figures
Miyajima Island also called Itsuku-shima or shrine island, is located near Hiroshima within the Seto Inland Sea. The Itsukushima Shrine with its famous huge torii, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is located at the island. It is considered as one of the three most scenic spots of Japan. The other two are Matsushima Bay and Amanohashidate. During high tide the shrine and its torii appear to be floating over the water. The island is full of temples (Daisho-in Temple, Itsukushima, Senjokaku Hall), pagodas (Miyajima Tahoto, Miyajima Gojunoto), statues, hiking tracks (Mount Misen), parks (Omoto Park), old houses, green virgin forest, wild deer and so much more. To get an good overview over the island you should use a cable car to the top of Mount Misen (535m).
- Miyajima Itsukushima Shrine:
- Opening Hours - 6:30 am to 6:00 pm - March to October
- Opening Hours - 6:30 am to 5:00/5:30 pm - November to February
- Admission Fee - Adults: 300 yen, High school student: 200 yen, School child: 100 yen
Since ancient times locals and famous people had worshiped and visited here at Miyajma Island. In 1168 (Heian Period) the huge torii of Itsukushima Shrine, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was created in its current form by Tairo no Kiyomori (head of the Heike clan).
Miyajima Island is located within the city Hatsukaichi in the southwestern part of the Hiroshima prefecture.
How to get to Miyajima Island?
- 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 at Miyajima
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.
Senjo-kaku - huge pavilion built in 1587 by Toyotomi Hideyoshi
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 >
Goju-no-to (Five-Storied Pagoda) - the vermillion colored pagoda with a height of 27.6 meters is an impressive sight 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)
Miyajima Oysters Festival (9th till 10th)
Miyajima is famous for its oysters. This festival gives you the chance to enjoy this delicious food.
Kiyomori Festival (22nd)
The Itsukushima Shrine prayer parade is held from 1 to 3pm.
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.
Hiwatarishiki in Daiganji (3rd)
Monks from Miyajima island walk over fire during the ceremony. If you are brave enough you can join them:)