Miyajima Island, Japan

Miyajima Island, which is accessible by ferry from Hiroshima, is one of the top most scenic spots in Japan. Home to Itsukushima Shrine, a World Heritage site, this charming island is historically rich and romantic at the same time.

The Great Torii which stands in the sea. During low tide, you can walk out to the foot of the great torii.
The Great Torii which stands in the sea. During low tide, you can walk out to the foot of the great torii.
Ferry view
View of the great torii from the ferry as we approach Miyajima Island.

In Shinto, deers are thought to be sacred animals as they were messengers of the gods. On the island, the deers wander freely and are very friendly towards people.

Deer in Miyajima Island
As soon as you get off the ferry, you’ll be warmly greeted by the island’s habitants, deers. They’re really friendly, so don’t be afraid of them.

The evening atmosphere at Miyajima was just what we needed to rest our aching feet after all the walking we had been doing. We sat on a rock next to each other quietly and watched the sun set before us. It was brilliant and definitely a good way to end the day after learning Hiroshima’s tragic past.

While it’s easy to be disturbed and depressed over the past and be angry over the fact that innocent lives were lost, I reckon it is also important to respect the fighting spirit of Hiroshima. The city quickly rebuilt itself and people learnt to move on to face whatever the future had for them. It is with this mindset and spirit that I believe we can overcome the difficulties before us and come out as stronger individuals.

Unfortunately, we didn’t plan to stay for the night on Miyajima Island. It would have been a great experience for Daniel. I was fortunate to spend a night in a ryokan (traditional Japanese inn) in 2004 when I was there for a field trip. When we have the chance to visit Japan again, I’ll make sure we book a night in on this treasure island.

Related articles:

Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, Japan

Kyushu University Summer Exchange Programme

Useful links when planning your visit to Miyajima Island:

1. Welcome to Miyajima Island

2. Miyajima Travel Association

3. Visit Hiroshima


7 thoughts on “Miyajima Island, Japan

  1. Pingback: Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum | Chronicles of Yoyo

      1. I haven’t booked anything yet, but I’d love to. We’re staying in Hiroshima for 3 nights anyway, so could as well stay one of them on the island.

  2. Packing my Suitcase

    Good to know! I love islands, would love to go there one day. Awwn I wish I could play with the deers, they are so cute. 🙂

    1. Japan is amazing!! I really recommend staying ONE night at a traditional Japanese Inn there. It would be quite an experience. There are tonnes to do on the island but I conveniently (cos I’ve done them before) forgot about them when I went with my husband.

      1. Packing my Suitcase

        I can imagine!!!! Japan looks like ab amazing country, so much culture and tradition… And so much beauty in these small cities! I have to go there!

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