Miyajima Tori
Miyajima Floating Torii Gate
Miyajima
Miyajima

Miyajima

Miyajima is a small island located near Hiroshima. The island can be accessed by a short 10 minute ferry ride, It is most famous for its floating Torii Gate, part of Istukushima Shrine. There are a number of deer wandering the interesting streets, so the best way to take in the island is wandering the streets and parks. Take the walking path (or cable car/ropeway) up to the peak of Mt Misen. At the peak the reward is some stunning views across the Seto Inland Sea. Miyajima can be visited as a day trip from Hiroshima, or some clients prefer to spend the night. When you stay then night in one of the many traditional ryokans you get to enjoy the peace and views after the day trippers depart.

 

Stay

On the island there are a number of ryokans . These Japanese style inns include the Grand Arimoto Hotel which features western style beds in Japanese style rooms, and the Iwaso which is a traditional ryokan with futon mattresses on tatami mat flooring in traditional Japanese style.

 

Location

Kyoto - It is approximately three hours from Kyoto to Miyajima via Hiroshima. Shinkansen (Bullet Train) from Kyoto to Hiroshima, a local train to Miyajimaguchi Station, and a short walk to the ferry terminal for a 10 minute ferry ride across to Miyajima. Total journey is around three hours.

Hiroshima - a local train to Miyajimaguchi Station, and then a short walk to the ferry terminal. Next is a 10 minute ferry ride across to Miyajima. Total journey is around one hour.

 

Miyajima Events (Note dates subject to change each year)

  1. Cherry Blossom - April  - The timing of the cherry blossoms can vary from year to year but the cherry blossoms in Miyajima are usually at their peak in early April.
  2. Miyajima Oyster Festival - 2nd weekend in February
  3. Kiyomori Festival - March - Itsukushima Shrine prayer parade
  4. Miyajima Hina Doll Festival - March or April  - See the antique dolls on display at over 30 locations throughout Miyajima.
  5. Toka-sai - 15 April - The court dance and music introduced into Miyajima from Kyoto by Kiyomori Taira is dancing by the gagaku.
  6. Shin-noh - Mid April - Shin-noh is part of the  Toka Festival was assumed to be held for three days
  7. Kangen-sai - Mid June - This event originating during the Heian period (794 - 1185 AD), is the largest annual festival observed at Itsukushima Shrine
  8. Kikka-sai - Mid October -The court dance and music introduced into Miyajima from Kyoto by Kiyomori Taira is dancing by the gagaku.
  9. Chinka-sai - December 31 - The Chinka-sai, Fire Prevention Festival, takes place on the last day of the year in front of Itsukushima Shrine.

 

Useful links about Miyajima

  1.  Miyajima Tourist Association