As part of Kizuna program for participant in Hiroshima, we had a program that can be called as study tour. This time we headed to Itsukushima (厳島) or popular known as Miyajima. As for your information, Miyajima is famous for the Itsukushima Shrine, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
How to get there?
You can go there by choosing either two ways
1. by train/street car(tram) and ferry
just take a train from JR Hiroshima station to Miyajimaguchi Station and then you have to walk for a few minutes to the pier. Then, take a ferry to Itsukushimaa(Miyajima).
Our group went there by using train from JR Hiroshima station.
if you choose to take tram, you can wait along Hiroshima center. It is easy as they wrote Miyajima in front of the tram. It is the same as taking train, you have to get out at Miyajimaguchi.
2. by direct boat
You can take the direct boat from Peace Memorial Park.
You can check this out : Guide to Miyajima
Check my photos below:
|view taken from ferry |
|view taken from ferry |
|view of "Itsukushima Torii Gate" from ferry|
|Many local people and tourist visit Miyajima, so, please plan your trip|
|as soon as you get out from the station, you will see this scenery|
|be caution of the deers.. they are not too wild but they will trying to steal something from you especially papers|
|mainland views from the island|
|the torii gate|
|as i said earlier, the deers were eating the papers and some people just give to them on purpose.. it was totally not good for their health.. so just keep away your belongings..|
|to enter the shrine area, you have to pay. for students(local/foreign), you can get discounts, just bring your id card|
For the design/architecture lovers, you will be absorbed with the beauty of the island. The scenery was so beautiful, the building were so traditional. Take your time to visit all over the island, you can study how they built the famous floating torii gate and also the architectures of each bulding(shrines).
|this shrine was totally amazed me, the colours gave it the another dimension view and the woodworking techniques were awesome|
|side view of the shrine|
On the day we were in Miyajima, we were so lucky as we can see the traditional Japanese wedding in this shrine. Not much photo were taken as there were so many people there. During, the ceremony, everything were done in silent.
|Japanese traditional wedding|
|the 5 storey pagoda from far|
|the old performance stage(if i'm not mistaken, my coordinator told me it was built +100 years ago)|
|you don't have to worry getting lost as the signboard also written in English|
There were three there types of food that popular in Miyajima, the 'unagi'(eel), oyster and mominji manju. As I don't really eat oyster, I chose unagi with rice. The food served were totally delicious and for your tips, if you went to Miyajima by large group(20+ people), it is better to split into two or three groups if you want to have your lunch because most of the restaurants are small and plus there are always a lot of people there.
|during our lunch, we met this cute little boy with his granny|
|this was so amazing as the Japanese government had done many things to keep this heritage|
|don't forget to try momiji manju, traditional sweet/cookies popular in Hiroshima|
|the Myajima pier's view before our ferry take off.|