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Miyajima 
# 12   of 179 destinations
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Itsukushima Shrine and its floating torii gate

 
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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. While there are usually many day tourists, in the evening the area becomes much quieter and more peaceful. There are also 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 (913 votes)
Visited by: 1618 users
 2  Mount Misen
The island's highest mountain.
User rating: 89/100 (415 votes)
Visited by: 744 users
 3  Daisho-in Temple
Buddhist temple at the foot of Misen.
User rating: 87/100 (473 votes)
Visited by: 925 users
 4  Senjokaku
Large wooden hall built by Hideyoshi.
User rating: 81/100 (248 votes)
Visited by: 501 users
 5  Walking Trails
Leading around town and up Misen.
User rating: 88/100 (379 votes)
Visited by: 732 users
 6  Museum of History
Housed in a former merchant residence.
User rating: 78/100 (63 votes)
Visited by: 138 users
 7  Miyajima Aquarium
Nice aquarium at the far end of the town.
User rating: 70/100 (33 votes)
Visited by: 72 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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User Rating (by 1195 users):
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Best rated destinations (out of 167):
1.  Yaeyama Islands   97/100
2.  Kyoto   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
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7.  Kamakura   3216
8.  Kobe   2747
9.  Nagoya   2741
10.  Hakone   2537
11.  Nikko   2494
12.  Miyajima   2241
13.  Himeji   2141
14.  Fukuoka   2038
15.  Fuji Five Lakes   2013
16.  Sapporo   1953

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

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