Miyajima Island, Japan

Itsukushima is a Japanese island in the Sea of Japan that is most commonly referred to as Miyajima Island (Island of Gods). Miyajima is very well known for its popular floating Torii gate (at the Itsukushima Shrine), which became a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site in 1996.

The island is home to tame, red-brown deer that are very well accustomed to being around people – even gently taking food that is offered to them. Miyajima Island offers many historical sites and daytime activities – ranging from hiking, hot springs (onsen), kayaking, sunbathing, ropeway,  parks, shrines, a castle, and much more.

To get to Miyajima Island, take the train to Miyajimaguchi Station and then follow the signs to the ferry. While I was pressed for time the day I visited, I couldn’t have asked for better weather. I will absolutely be back to visit Miyajima again soon!

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