Miyajima: Floating Tori Island

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Miyajima Island, hands down, beats every cliched double-page spread in any holiday glossy magazine any time of day. We arrived at sunset, and as the crowds gathered around the magnificent floating Tori, we walked over to the structure as the tide came in...

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The excitement started as we approached the island on the ferry. Passengers slowly left their seats and gathered with their cameras pointing at the giant floating Tori. The sun was setting and though the sky was a bit hazy for a vibrant sunset, the view was impressive.

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We researched an awesome little Ryokan away from the touristic area, down by the city centre below. We were picked up by our host and left our bags in our beautiful little Japanese room before heading back out to town.

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Floating Tori Island, Japan // A Day Trip to Itsukushima Island // www.journographie.com

The town had old houses and deer walking around looking for food - similar to Nara!

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By the sea front, the crowds had picked their posts to watch the sunset. The tide was still very low so we walked up to the Tori for a close up.

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Floating Tori Island, Japan // A Day Trip to Itsukushima Island // www.journographie.com
Floating Tori Island, Japan // A Day Trip to Itsukushima Island // www.journographie.com
Floating Tori Island, Japan // A Day Trip to Itsukushima Island // www.journographie.com

It was not just the floating Tori that looked amazing against the night sky. Itsukushima Jinja also looked spectacularly eerie in the night, without tourists to trod its broad-walks.

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Floating Tori Island, Japan // A Day Trip to Itsukushima Island // www.journographie.com

After walking around and breathing the lovely fresh spring air from the last light hours in the day, we headed back to our lovely little Ryokan for an amazing dinner and after a super hot bath, we succumbed to a deep sleep.

Momiji-so: a wonderful little traditional Japanese Ryokan in the primeval forest // Itsukushima Island, Japan. See the adventure on www.journographie.com now!
Momiji-so: a wonderful little traditional Japanese Ryokan in the primeval forest // Itsukushima Island, Japan. See the adventure on www.journographie.com now!

The next morning we were treated to beautiful views of the mountain and the quiet sound of a stream splashing outside. After a delicious breakfast, we headed out to check out the temples.

Momiji-so: a wonderful little traditional Japanese Ryokan in the primeval forest // Itsukushima Island, Japan. See the adventure on www.journographie.com now!
Momiji-so: a wonderful little traditional Japanese Ryokan in the primeval forest // Itsukushima Island, Japan. See the adventure on www.journographie.com now!
Momiji-so: a wonderful little traditional Japanese Ryokan in the primeval forest // Itsukushima Island, Japan. See the adventure on www.journographie.com now!
Momiji-so: a wonderful little traditional Japanese Ryokan in the primeval forest // Itsukushima Island, Japan. See the adventure on www.journographie.com now!

We started with Itsukushima Jinja. It's a temple with origins as far back as the 6th century, and gives the island its name.

The shrine sits atop a pier-like structure of interconnected broad-walks and in the old times, commoners were not allowed to set foot on it, instead having to approach the island via the floating Tori.

Itsukushima Jinja Temple in Miyajima. Floating Tori Island, Japan // Explore the Day Trip from Hiroshima on www.journographie.com
Itsukushima Jinja Temple in Miyajima. Floating Tori Island, Japan // Explore the Day Trip from Hiroshima on www.journographie.com
Itsukushima Jinja Temple in Miyajima. Floating Tori Island, Japan // Explore the Day Trip from Hiroshima on www.journographie.com
Japan Day Trips: Itsukushima - Island of the Floating Tori // Explore now on www.journographie.com
Japan Day Trips: Itsukushima - Island of the Floating Tori // Explore now on www.journographie.com

As the day went by, more and more tourists arrived at the shrine. It was as interesting to watch them enjoy the attraction as it was to explore the attraction itself.

Japan Day Trips: Itsukushima - Island of the Floating Tori // Explore now on www.journographie.com
Japan Day Trips: Itsukushima - Island of the Floating Tori // Explore now on www.journographie.com

I walked around every last corner of the place, enjoying the quiet corners and the striking views of the floating tori from every last angle.

Japan Day Trips: Itsukushima - Island of the Floating Tori // Explore now on www.journographie.com
Exploring the wonderful Miyajima: Island of the Floating Tori // Japan. Read about it now on www.journographie.com
Exploring the wonderful Miyajima: Island of the Floating Tori // Japan. Read about it now on www.journographie.com

Leaving the shrine around noon on its Southernmost side, we climbed some stone steps just before the History and Folklore Museum which lead us up to a lovely Pagoda.

Exploring the wonderful Miyajima: Island of the Floating Tori // Japan. Read about it now on www.journographie.com
Exploring the wonderful Miyajima: Island of the Floating Tori // Japan. Read about it now on www.journographie.com
Tahō-tō Pagoda in Itsukushima Island
Exploring the wonderful Miyajima: Island of the Floating Tori // Japan. Read about it now on www.journographie.com

Coming back downstairs after a fair amount of island-spotting from that high vantage point, we descended onto the beachy area for a different view of the floating Tori and Itsukushima Jinja. 

Exploring the wonderful Miyajima: Island of the Floating Tori // Japan. Read about it now on www.journographie.com
Exploring the wonderful Miyajima: Island of the Floating Tori // Japan. Read about it now on www.journographie.com
Senjō-kaku and the pagoda in the background
Senjo-kaku iand Itsukushima Jinka: Miyajima Island, the Floating Tori Island in Japan // see the adventure now on www.journographie.com

After some people-watching, we turned around to climb Daisho-in, a Buddhist Shingon temple with several building housing collections of dolls, Buddhist images, prayer wheels and even tengu (bird-like demons).

Buddhas in Miyajima Temple: Visiting the Amazing Itsukushima Island, Japan.
Buddhas in Miyajima Temple: Visiting the Amazing Itsukushima Island, Japan.
The Temples of Mijayima (Itrsukushima Island) JAPAN. Read the adventure on www.journograhpie.com
The Temples of Mijayima (Itrsukushima Island) JAPAN. Read the adventure on www.journograhpie.com
The Temples of Mijayima (Itrsukushima Island) JAPAN. Read the adventure on www.journograhpie.com
The Temples of Mijayima (Itrsukushima Island) JAPAN. Read the adventure on www.journograhpie.com
The Temples of Mijayima (Itrsukushima Island) JAPAN. Read the adventure on www.journograhpie.com
The Temples of Mijayima (Itrsukushima Island) JAPAN. Read the adventure on www.journograhpie.com
The Temples of Mijayima (Itrsukushima Island) JAPAN. Read the adventure on www.journograhpie.com
The Temples of Mijayima (Itrsukushima Island) JAPAN. Read the adventure on www.journograhpie.com

After some exploring and meditating we said our goodbyes and headed back up the mountain to climb atop the Momiji-dani for the most amazing views of the island. But that is another story....

The Temples of Mijayima (Itrsukushima Island) JAPAN. Read the adventure on www.journograhpie.com

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