The Five Yen of Happiness! Visiting Itsukushima – Miyajima Island
- I give in – I need a break (Introduction)
- To Heathrow and The BA Galleries North Lounge
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- The Hotel JAL City Haneda Tokyo
- Shikansen Adventures to Hiroshima!
- Time in Hiroshima (featuring the ANA Crowne Plaza Hiroshima)
- Hirosihima – 70 years on
- A day trip to Itsukushima
- More Shinkansen fun to Kyoto (Featuring Kyoto Tower Hotel)
- A trip up to Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine
- Dinner with The real_jetsetr!
- The JR Central SC Maglev and Rail Museum
- Shinkansen to Tokyo
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- Nartia Airport, The JAL Lounge
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- More time in Frankfurt
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- And about that Five Yen Coin – The Sensoji Temple, Asakusa
If you’re in the Hiroshima area, there is a day trip that you’ve got to take. And its to Itsukushima. Itsukushima is sometimes called Miyajima Island – translated “Shrine Island”, and is home to one of the Three Views of Japan.
Getting there: There are a few ways to get to Itsukushima. One way is to take a direct ferry from Hiroshima port for a 22-minute ride (¥1800 on way). If you have a JR Rail Pass (or want to take the train from JR Hiroshima) it’s a ¥410 train, and another ¥180 for the ferry). You’ll need to get off at Miyajimaguchi station and walk across to the ferry. There’s two which go every 10 minutes or so – one operated by JR West (which if you have the rail pass is also free), or Matsudai ferries (who also charge… ¥180).
The inbound train… and a posh one at that (for the Train Otaku, it’s a JR West 227 series)
The ride to Miyajimaguchi is a reasonably long one – so grab a seat, and watch the urban sprawl on the left or the urban sprawl and some mountains on the right. I’d sit on the right if you can.
Urban Hiroshima. As I said before. Ferro-Concrete land.
Once you get to Miyajimaguchi station, exit and follow the signs.
Or if you’re really looking for directions – look for the Torii.
If you need to get your ferry ticket, do so – and then just follow the signs.
When ready, the crew will allow you to board. Cars do have priority first, so be careful.
And then board. Head to the top deck, and use your eyes where to sit/stand.
And if you pick the right spot, you’ll be rewarded with the sight of the Torri in the Sea.
Once on the island, it’s very much walk around by foot time. And so it should be – for there are wild deer everywhere!
This one was very hungry. So much so – it thought my Qatar Airways purple luggage tag was food. Turns out it isn’t .
Entering the Shrine area.
It was time to wander into the main Itsukushima Shrine. For ¥300, I was let in to this holy site.
The shrine is a holy place at the end of the day. According to Wikipedia, it is dedicated t the three daughters of Susano-o no Mikoto, Shinto god of seas and storms, and brother of the sun goddess Amaterasu (tutelary deity of the Imperial Household).
Japanese Shrines are businesses too – here you can get blessed items which will bring good fortune and luck.
Of course, you can hire someone to take you around traditionally.
Once done there are other things to explore – such as a mountain trek, the Pagoda or the Shopping Street.
No, I wasn’t in the mood to climb.
And there’s the shopping street for all your nick-nacks.
This is the world’s biggest rice stirrer – called a Shamoji – invented in this area
Eventually, with my legs a little more than weary, I headed back to the ferry terminal and back to Honshu and back toward Hiroshima.
Overall: If you want an experience that is peaceful, un-rushed and brings you one of the greatest sights Japan has to offer – a trip to Itsukushima Island is one of those things. It’s easy to reach from Hiroshima and a great way to soak up some of the spirit of Japan.
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