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2011/11/21 - Miyajima Report
by schauwecker

Miyajima Island just outside of Hiroshima is not Japan's most outstanding fall foliage spot, but it does offer a moderate amount of colors that are currently around their peak and can further enhance a visit to the shrine island.

Itsukushima Shrine and pagoda seen through a colorful cherry tree

Single trees and small groups of colorful trees - mostly maple and ginkgo trees - are scattered around the shrine and town, while two spots with larger concentrations of maple trees are located at Daishoin Temple and in the fittingly named Momijidani Koen or "Maple Valley Park".

Scattered colors around the town of Miyajima

The colors on the grounds of Daishoin Temple, the island's most important temple, were just about reaching their peak and should remain attractive for several days to come.

Daishoin Temple
Tengu Statue at Daishoin Temple
Ginkgo leaves in front of maple leaves

The Momijidani Koen (Maple Valley Park) is located in the forested slopes behind Itsukushima Shrine and stretches along the walking trails that lead to the lower station of the Miyajima Ropeway. In some areas of the park, the trees have reached the peak of their seasonal beauty.

Momijidani Koen (Maple Valley Park)
Momijidani Koen (Maple Valley Park)
Momijidani Koen (Maple Valley Park)

The slopes of Misen, Miyajima's tallest mountain, are covered mainly in evergreen trees and featured only dots of autumn colors. The hiking trails up the mountain and the area around the summit, too, displayed only occasional colors.

Some colors along the Daishoin Hiking Trail
Most of the colors along the hiking trail were provided by this type of tree
Reikado Hall with some colorful maple trees near the summit
Lots of cute Jizo statues were added to the Daishoin temple grounds and Mount Misen
View from Mount Misen

While on the island, I visited the Miyajima Aquarium which newly reopened this summer after a renovation that lasted over two years. The aquarium was much improved compared to before, although it remains off the must-see list for Miyajima. Among some of the original displays is an oyster farm of which there are many in the waters around Miyajima.

Oyster farm at the Miyajima Aquarium
Miyajima Aquarium
Another original display at the Miyajima Aquarium
Itsukushima Shrine's large torii gate being recaptured by the sea

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List of Posts:
2011/12/13 - Tokyo Report
2011/12/08 - Kamakura Report
2011/12/05 - Tokyo Report
2011/12/02 - Kyoto Report
2011/12/01 - Nara Report

2011/11/30 - Kyoto Report
2011/11/29 - Kyoto Report
2011/11/28 - Kyoto Report
2011/11/27 - Tokyo Report
2011/11/27 - Kyoto Report
2011/11/23 - Kanazawa Report
2011/11/22 - Tokyo Report
2011/11/22 - Kyoto Report
2011/11/21 - Miyajima Report
2011/11/20 - Kyoto Report
2011/11/18 - Kyoto Report
2011/11/15 - Tokyo Report
2011/11/13 - Kyoto Report
2011/11/12 - Unzen Report
2011/11/09 - Sakurayama Report
2011/11/08 - Fujigoko Report
2011/11/04 - Kurobe Report
2011/11/02 - Mitakesan Report

2011/10/27 - Nikko Report
2011/10/27 - Towadako Report
2011/10/26 - Hakkodasan Report
2011/10/21 - Fukushima Report
2011/10/20 - Zao Report
2011/10/19 - Naruko Report
2011/10/12 - Nikko Report
2011/10/12 - Oze Report
2011/10/07 - Nasu Report
2011/10/03 - Nikko Report

2011/09/27 - Norikura Report
2011/09/14 - Ginsendai Report
2011/09/13 - Asahidake Report

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