Nihon-sankei Aki no MIyajima Tour guide The three most scenic spots in Japan

Aki-no-Miyajina

An island full of mystery and romance.WORLD HERITAGE

From ancient times, people have sensed the spiritual sanctity of Miyajima, and have reverd and worshipped the island itself as a god. The main shrine is said to have been constructed in 593, the first year of the Empress Suiko.
The first record of Itsukushima Shrime in Japanese history was in the Nihon Koki(Notes on Japan), dated 881, and it was noted Itsukushima Shrine along with other famous shirines.
During the era of Taira-no-Kiyomori, it became a place of worship for the Heike clan, and around 1168, the main shirine building was constructed. As the power of the Heike clan increased,the number of worshippers at the shirine increased,the shrine itself began to become known among the members of the Imperial Court, and its grandeur became more and more magnificent.
The emperor and the Impeiral Court paid visits to the shrine, and the culture of the Heian period was amiably incorporated. Bugaku, ancient Japanese musical court dance, also began during this period. Even after the fall of the Heike clan, the culture of the Heian period was warmly accepted by the Genji clan and the shirne continued to experience a stable and prosperous era.


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Eating around Miyajima

Walking around is the real sightseeing of Miyajima: Machiya-dori in atmosphere of Edo period, Momiji-dani Park with colour changing trees by seasons, Misen climbing courses, and so on.
Shops are welcoming us with famous Momiji-Manju(Sweets shaped maple leaf), or all kinds of fish and shellfish in Seto Inland Sea.




Kangen-sai (Wind and Strings Festival)June 17 (old calendar)

Festival of entertainment for gods, started by Taira-no-Kiyomori(平清盛). Gods are traveling on the sea in the barges decorated with colourful banners and lanterns in the darkness, ancient Gagaku(graceful music) are performed, all are like in the picture scroll of Heian period.

The main annual events