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Miyajima (Shrine Island) is, as the name implies, the site of a number of striking shrines and temples. It claims to be “one of Japan’s Three Most Scenic Spots” (the others being the Amanohashidate sandbar and Matsushima Bay, neither of which I have seen.)

The island was visited by Kobodaishi in they year 806 and has a number of Shingon Buddhist temples. Because of the island’s sacred status, no one is allowed to die or be born there. I don’t know what the penalty is for breaking this rule.

To get to the island you must take a ferry, which runs every half hour.
Miyajima Ferry

The ferry passes rows of oyster farms.
Oyster Farms

As the ferry approaches the terminal, the famous Otorii, the “floating” torii of the Itsukushima Shrine, can be seen to the right.
Otorii from Ferry

Deer wander everywhere on the island. They are totally unafraid of humans and you can pet them.
Kid with Deer

However they are still wild animals and should be treated with a certain amount of caution.
Stay Away from Deer with Antlers

Deer with Antlers

Feeding the Deer

Guidebooks warn that the deer will eat just about anything including paper shopping bags, tickets and other valuables.
Deer Eating Paper

The Omotesando shopping district is a small group of stores located midway between the ferry terminal and the Itsukushima shrine.
Going Shopping

A number of shops have huge machines in their windows for making “momiji manju”, a maple-leaf-shaped pastry that comes with a variety of fillings.
Momiji Machine

Momiji Manju

Fresh oysters are available in a number of different forms. Yum!
Fresh Oysters

Restaurant Cats

Another form of the “beckoning cat.”
Hello Kitty

The world’s largest rice scoop.
Big Rice Scoop

Actually the island is famous for rice scoops and many are sold as souvenirs. Apparently they are traditional offerings to the shrine.
Rice Scoops for Sale

OK, I don’t know what a pocari is, but this is still sort of disturbing.
Pocari Sweat

This shop has a beautiful garden in back.
Shop with Garden


All Entries For This Trip.