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Miyajima 
# 12   of 170 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. 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 (851 votes)
Visited by: 1495 users
 2  Mount Misen
The island's highest mountain.
User rating: 90/100 (379 votes)
Visited by: 683 users
 3  Daisho-in Temple
Buddhist temple at the foot of Misen.
User rating: 87/100 (440 votes)
Visited by: 861 users
 4  Senjokaku
Large wooden hall built by Hideyoshi.
User rating: 81/100 (226 votes)
Visited by: 454 users
 5  Walking Trails
Leading around town and up Misen.
User rating: 88/100 (344 votes)
Visited by: 673 users
 6  Museum of History
Housed in a former merchant residence.
User rating: 78/100 (61 votes)
Visited by: 135 users
 7  Miyajima Aquarium
Nice aquarium at the far end of the town.
User rating: 67/100 (26 votes)
Visited by: 60 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.

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

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User Rating (by 1107 users):
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Best rated destinations (out of 160):
1.  Yaeyama Islands   97/100
2.  Kyoto   97/100
3.  Yakushima   97/100
4.  Miyajima   96/100
5.  Mount Fuji   96/100
6.  Tokyo   95/100
7.  Ogasawara Islands   94/100
8.  Mount Koya   94/100
9.  Okinawa Island   93/100
10.  Alpine Route   93/100
Most visited destinations (out of 170):
7.  Kamakura   2959
8.  Nagoya   2502
9.  Kobe   2492
10.  Hakone   2319
11.  Nikko   2284
12.  Miyajima   2051
13.  Himeji   1993
14.  Fukuoka   1856
15.  Fuji Five Lakes   1829
16.  Sapporo   1786

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

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