Miyajima Island is a small island located one hour away
from Hiroshima. It can be reached by hopping on a ferry
to the island. It is where the famous Itsukushima Shrine
resides with its famous floating torii gate. Miyajima is
usually a day trip for people to enjoy, but there are
ryokans (Japanese traditional inns) available for people
to spend the night. It is said that there is a romantic feel
at night because of the quiet and peaceful atmosphere.
During the day you will have the chance to run into wild
deer that are accustomed to people.
In 1996, the Itsukushima Shrine was inscribed in the World Heritage Site. This shrine reflects Shinto religious practices because of its blend with nature. The Itsukushima Shrine is best known for its floating torii gate, which is built in the sea. During high tide the gate gives the illusion of floating on the water, but at low tide you can walk up to the gate and see the foundation. This same effect applies to the shrine behind the torii gate. It is considered one of the best temples to visit because of this iconic torii gate.