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Miyajima 
# 12   of 178 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 (878 votes)
Visited by: 1554 users
 2  Mount Misen
The island's highest mountain.
User rating: 90/100 (391 votes)
Visited by: 712 users
 3  Daisho-in Temple
Buddhist temple at the foot of Misen.
User rating: 87/100 (455 votes)
Visited by: 891 users
 4  Senjokaku
Large wooden hall built by Hideyoshi.
User rating: 81/100 (234 votes)
Visited by: 478 users
 5  Walking Trails
Leading around town and up Misen.
User rating: 88/100 (362 votes)
Visited by: 704 users
 6  Museum of History
Housed in a former merchant residence.
User rating: 78/100 (60 votes)
Visited by: 135 users
 7  Miyajima Aquarium
Nice aquarium at the far end of the town.
User rating: 68/100 (30 votes)
Visited by: 68 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 1145 users):
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Best rated destinations (out of 162):
1.  Yaeyama Islands   97/100
2.  Kyoto   97/100
3.  Yakushima   96/100
4.  Miyajima   96/100
5.  Tokyo   95/100
6.  Ogasawara Islands   95/100
7.  Mount Fuji   94/100
8.  Okinawa Island   93/100
9.  Mount Koya   93/100
10.  Alpine Route   93/100
Most visited destinations (out of 178):
7.  Kamakura   3101
8.  Kobe   2641
9.  Nagoya   2632
10.  Hakone   2437
11.  Nikko   2394
12.  Miyajima   2151
13.  Himeji   2068
14.  Fukuoka   1955
15.  Fuji Five Lakes   1935
16.  Sapporo   1886

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

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