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Miyajima 
# 12   of 177 destinations
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Itsukushima Shrine and its floating torii gate

Miyajima is a small island less than an hour outside the city of Hiroshima. It is most famous for its giant torii gate, which at high tide seems to float on the water. The sight is ranked as one of Japan's three best views.

While officially named Itsukushima, the island is more commonly referred to as Miyajima, Japanese for "shrine island". This is because the island is so closely related to its key shrine, Itsukushima Shrine, in the public's mind. Like the torii gate, the shrine's main buildings are built over water.

Miyajima is a romantic place, best enjoyed by staying overnight at one of the island's ryokan. There are usually many day tourists, but in the evening the area becomes much quieter and more peaceful. There are wild deer on the island that have become accustomed to people. In the day the deer wander around the same sites as the tourists, and in the evening they sleep along the walking paths.

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Attractions
 1  Itsukushima Shrine
Famous shrine with floating torii gate.
User rating: 94/100 (873 votes)
Visited by: 1544 users
 2  Mount Misen
The island's highest mountain.
User rating: 90/100 (390 votes)
Visited by: 706 users
 3  Daisho-in Temple
Buddhist temple at the foot of Misen.
User rating: 87/100 (454 votes)
Visited by: 888 users
 4  Senjokaku
Large wooden hall built by Hideyoshi.
User rating: 81/100 (233 votes)
Visited by: 472 users
 5  Walking Trails
Leading around town and up Misen.
User rating: 88/100 (358 votes)
Visited by: 699 users
 6  Museum of History
Housed in a former merchant residence.
User rating: 78/100 (60 votes)
Visited by: 134 users
 7  Miyajima Aquarium
Nice aquarium at the far end of the town.
User rating: 68/100 (30 votes)
Visited by: 67 users
  

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Miyajima Grand Hotel Arimoto
17th century sukiya style Japanese hotel built in the Edo Period. With private open air baths with view of Itsukushima Shrine torii.

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Hiroshima and Miyajima Tours
Various tours and travel packages for Hiroshima and surroundings.

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Best rated destinations (out of 162):
1.  Kyoto   97/100
2.  Yaeyama Islands   97/100
3.  Yakushima   96/100
4.  Miyajima   96/100
5.  Tokyo   95/100
6.  Mount Fuji   95/100
7.  Ogasawara Islands   95/100
8.  Mount Koya   93/100
9.  Okinawa Island   93/100
10.  Alpine Route   93/100
Most visited destinations (out of 177):
7.  Kamakura   3081
8.  Kobe   2619
9.  Nagoya   2615
10.  Hakone   2416
11.  Nikko   2377
12.  Miyajima   2140
13.  Himeji   2060
14.  Fukuoka   1945
15.  Fuji Five Lakes   1915
16.  Sapporo   1865

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Hatsukaichi City
Official website of the municipality where Miyajima is located.

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