Miyajima was worshipped for a long time as a sacred area, many inn style houses from Edo period for prayers and travellers still remain today.
After touches of solemn temples and shrines, we can enjoy walking around these streets, or trees of untouched virgin forest in the mountain, that might be a real appearance of Miyajima.
Built in the sea, Itsukushima Shrine is worshipped as the guardian deity of the sea. The Shirine is known for its unique construction, which displays the artistic beauty of the Shinden style of architecture. Firtst buil in 593, it was remodeled into the present grand structure by Taira-No-Kiyomori in 1168. Itsukushima Shrine is composed of a main shrine, a Noh drama stage, music rooms. and several other shrines arranged aorund it. All these structures are connected by corridors with a total length of about 300 meters. Itsukushima Shrine was officially designated in December 1996 as a precious asset of world heritage.
MAP A1－1 Miyajima-cho Hatsukaichi-city HIROSHIMA
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As the headquarters of the Omuro Branch of the Shingon sect of Buddhism, Daishoin is the most distinguished temple of Miyajima, having been in charge of all the rituals as Betto(adminisrtator) of Itskushima Shirine prior to the Meiji Restoration(1868).
Fodo-myo-o, or Immovable King, is an incarnated figure of Dainichi Nyorai, or Cosmic Buddha. The image is characterized by the fierce face to show his determination to destroy evil. Hideyoshi Toyotomi, one of three great unifiers of Japan in the 16th century, prayed to this image for safety at sea and victory in battle.
MAP B210 Miyajima-cho Hatsukaichi-city HIROSHIMA
U R Lhttp://galilei.ne.jp/daisyoin (Japanese text only)
Situated next to the exit of Itsukushima Shrine, this temple was in chage of the repair and construction of Itsukushima Shrine until the Meiji Restoration(1868).
The founder of this temple is not known though, Priest Ryokai and Priset Enkai are known to have contributed to prosperity of the temple.
Daiganji Temple is dedicated to Benzaiten, the Goddess of eloquence, music, wisdom and wealth, and is known as one of the three most famous Benzaiten Temples. The Benzaiten is opened to the public only once a year on June 17.
Also, the statue of Yakushi Nyorai(Healing Buddha) in this temple is said to have been made by Kobo Daishi, who is the founder of the Shingon sect of Buddhism.
MAP C3 Miyajima-cho Hatsukaichi-city HIROSHIMA
Miyajima ropeway, which connects Momijidani Park with Shishiiwa on Mt. Misen operates two types of aerial rope systems, circulating and reversible in series, which is unique in Japan. As the gondola proceeds over the primeval forest, passengers can enjoy a wonderful view of the Seto Inland Sea and far-away mountain ranges of Shikoku on a clear day.
MAP DMomijidani Park Miyajima-cho Hatsukaichi-city HIROSHIMA
U R Lhttp://miyajima-ropeway.info/en
Coverd with pristine, primeval forests, Mt. Misen, the higtest peak on Miyajima, rises 535 meters above sea level. The panoramic view from the top of the mountain is magnificent. Mt. Misen has long been considered sacred and has various spiritual sites related to Kobo Daishi, the founder of the Shingon sect. The Eternal Flame in the Reikado Hall, which was lit by him, is said to have been burning over 1200 years.
MAP EMt.Misen Miyajima-cho Hatsukaichi-city HIROSHIMA
Momijidani Park extending along the quietly flowing Momijidani river is fresh and green in spring, and has a cool breeze blowing constantly in summer. In autumn, when the maple leaves turn red it's like the entire mountain is aflame.
MAP FMomijidani Park Miyajima-cho Hatsukaichi-city HIROSHIMA
Omotesando(main approach road to the shrine) is the best shopping street in Miyajima, gathering many restaurants and souvenir gift shops, also with some experience workshops.
MAP GMiyajima-cho Hatsukaichi-city HIROSHIMA
Old main street Machiya-Dori(town street) is so attractive with those old remaining days’ buildings.
MAP HMiyajima-cho Hatsukaichi-city HIROSHIMA
Finless porpoise, Oyster on Raft, and over 350 species are displayed living mainly in the Seto Inland Sea.
MAP I10−3 Miyajima-cho Hatsukaichi-city HIROSHIMA
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Seaside Park surrounded by white sand and green trees: for out-door recreations and sports, swimming in summertime as well.
MAP J1195 Miyajima-cho Hatsukaichi-city HIROSHIMA
About 10 min. from Ono IC or Hatsukaichi IC
About 22 min. from Hiroshima port
About 45 min. from Motoyasubashi Pier.(World Heritage Sea Route)
10 minutes by car from Oono IC or Hatsukaichi IC, and 10 minutes by ferry.
5 minutes walk from JR Miyajima-guchi station and 10 minutes by ferry.
1 minute walk from Hiroden Miyajima-guchi station and 10 minutes by ferry.
Miyajima was said as a sacred island, a short hiking will reach to the untouched primeval forest covering whole island.
There are 3 climbing courses: Daigen, Daisho-in, and Momiji-dani to Misen, the highest mountain in Miyajima, that is another popular activity leading to the top of excellent observatory showing many beautiful islands.