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The following model course is an ideal way to experience Miyajima and works either as a day-trip from nearby Hiroshima or in combination with an overnight stay on the island. The course includes a steep 90-120 minute hike up to the summit of Mount Misen, but this can be easily substituted for a ride on the ropeway.

Start
Start at the ferry pier
Turn right and walk along the seafront until you come to a gate and stone lantern, then turn left and into the shopping arcade
5 minutes
Omotesando Arcade
Lively shopping street 20 minutes
The busiest part of the island, here you will find shops selling souvenir crafts as well as local delicacies including grilled oysters and maple cakes.
Continue along the seafront to Itsukushima Shrine, passing the floating torii on your right
5 minutes
Itsukushima Shrine
Famous shrine with floating torii gate 20-40 minutes
Appearing to float over an inlet at the base of the sacred Mount Misen, Itsukushima Shrine is one of the most visually striking and culturally important shrines in the country
From the shrine's exit, cross the road and go up a flight of stone steps to the right of the treasure house. Walk around the Tahoto Pagoda, then continue along a wooded path to Daishoin Temple
10 minutes
Daisho-in Temple
Peaceful wooded temple at the foot of Mount Misen 30 minutes
Founded by Kobo Daishi, Daishoin Temple is one of the most important temples of Shingon Buddhism and features a number of buildings, statues and religious objects. Look out for a row of spinning metal cyclinders as you make your way up the temple steps - inscribed with Buddhist sutras, just turning them is said to provide the same benefit as reading them.
Double back to the river, cross over and follow the stone steps uphill to the summit of Mount Misen
90-120 minutes
Mount Misen
The island's highest mountain about 30 minutes
At 500 meters above sea level, Mount Misen is the highest peak on Miyajima. On clear days, it affords spectacular views of the Seto Inland Sea and as far as Hiroshima City. There are also a number of Buddhist structures near the peak.
Make your way from the peak down to the ropeway station
20 minutes
Take the ropeway back down to the foot of the mountain
20 minutes
Momijidani Park
Attractive park at the foot of Mount Misen 20 minutes
Largely untouched since the Edo Period, Momijidani Park boasts around 700 maple trees and is particularly beautiful in the autumn when their foliage erupts into reds, oranges and yellows, typically around mid November.
Walk back to Itsukushima Shrine and up the hill to the 5-storiedpagoda next to the shrine
5 minutes
Senjokaku Pavilion
Large wooden hall with five-story pagoda 10 minutes
Commissioned by the great warlord Toyotomi Hideyoshi and left unfinished after his death, the Senjokaku Pavilion ("thousand mat hall") was intended as a place for monks to copy sutras while surrounded by nature. Despite its simple exterior, the hall is famous for its views, the many paintings lining its roof beams and its iconic five storied pagoda.
Take the path to the left of the five story pagoda, turn left then immediately uphill to your right. Follow the path around, make your way through the town to the seafront, and keep going until you reach the ferry terminal.
15 minutes
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    • Ryoso Kawaguchi
      Budget-friendly
      Located at Miyajima and featuring beautiful views of the five-story pagoda of Itsukushima Shrine, Ryoso Kawaguchi offers Japanese-style accommodations with free Wi-Fi. Guests can take the ferry boat from Miyajima-guchi Ferry Terminal to Miyajima Ferry Terminal, which is a 10-minute walk from the hotel. A free shuttle is also available from Miyajima Ferry Terminal. This hotel was selected as one of Top 25 B&Bs and Inns in Japan by TripAdvisor's Travelers' Choice Award 2013. Smoking is prohibited in all areas. The air-conditioned rooms feature tatami (woven-straw) flooring and Japanese futon beddings. A flat-screen TV, a fridge, and an electric kettle with green tea are included. Yukata robes and a private toilet are included in each room, but bathrooms are shared. The shared bath is available from 16:00 to 23:00. A common room is located on the 3rd floor and features books, a microwave, and mineral water. A free-use computer with internet is provided by the lobby. Drink vending machines and luggage storage services are also available. Dinner and breakfast can be served at extra charge. A Japanese set menu prepared with local delicacies is offered for dinner. For breakfast, guests can choose between a Western or Japanese set menu. Meals are served at the dining room. Kawaguchi Ryoso is a 5-minute walk from the historical Itukushima Shrine, and a 10-minute walk from Momijidani Park.
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    • Miyajima Guest House Mikuniya
      Budget-friendly
      Located on Miyajima (Itsukushima), Miyajima Guest House Mikuniya offers a Japanese-style accommodation and a small garden. Free Wi-Fi is available. Miyajima Ferry Terminal is a 20-minute walk away. Guests can choose to stay in a private Japanese-style room or a dormitory room shared with other guests. All rooms feature tatami (woven-straw) flooring and traditional futon mattress. Bathrooms, shower rooms and toilets are shared with other guests. The common lounge features tourist guide books, a TV and a desktop computer. Lockers, washing machine and the common kitchen are also available to guests for free. Mikuniya Miyajima Guest House is a 6-minute walk from Itsukushima Shrine and Daisho-in Temple. Guests can also walk to Marine Plaza Miyajima within a 10-minute walk. A simple Western-style breakfast consisting of break, jam and coffee is available in the kitchen. Lunches and Dinners are not served, but guests are welcome to bring their own food and use the kitchen to prepare meals.
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    • Oyado Tsukiusagi
      Budget-friendly
      Oyado Tsukiusagi offers Japanese-style rooms and free WiFi, within a 10-minute walk from Itsukushima Shrine. Some rooms come with sea views, and all have a private bathroom. Rooms feature a traditional minimalist interior with a tatami (woven-straw) floor, Japanese decorations and traditional futon bedding. They are fitted with air conditioning, a TV and a bathroom with a shower, bathtub and toilet.
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    • Hotel Miyajima Villa
      Mid-range
      Located in Miyajima, 1.6 km from Tsutsumigaura Beach, Hotel Miyajima Villa provides accommodation with a restaurant, free private parking, a bar and a garden. The property is close to several well-known attractions, 70 metres from Miyajima Ferry Terminal, less than 1 km from The great Torii and a 19-minute walk from Momijidani Park. The hotel features a hot spring bath, luggage storage space and free WiFi throughout the property. The hotel will provide guests with air-conditioned rooms offering a desk, a kettle, a fridge, a safety deposit box, a flat-screen TV and a shared bathroom with a bidet. All units in Hotel Miyajima Villa are equipped with slippers and a CD player. The accommodation offers a buffet or Asian breakfast. Popular points of interest near Hotel Miyajima Villa include Five Storey Pagoda, Itsukushima Shrine and Daisho-in Temple. The nearest airport is Iwakuni Kintaikyo Airport, 18 km from the hotel.
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    • Iwaso
      Luxury
      Located in the World Heritage Miyajima Island, Iwaso features Japanese-style accommodations with beautiful surrounding views. Guests can relax in the indoor and outdoor hot-spring baths and request for massages. A free shuttle is available from Miyajima Ferry Terminal, which is also a 5-minute walk away. The air-conditioned rooms feature tatami (woven-straw) floors and Japanese futon bedding. Rooms in the Annex include a private bathroom with a bath and toilet, while rooms in the historical Main Building and Cottage Annex have shared bathrooms and toilets. Guests can purchase local gifts at the souvenir shop and enjoy singing at the karaoke room. Photocopying and luggage storage services are available at the 24-hour front desk. A computer with internet is provided in the lobby for an extra charge. A traditional multi-course dinner featuring seafood and local ingredients are served at the dining room or guestsf rooms. A Japanese breakfast is served at Momiji restaurant. Iwaso Inn is a 5-minute walk from Itsukushima Shrine and Momijidani Park. Miyajima Aquarium is a 10-minute walk away.
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    • Kurayado Iroha
      Luxury
      Kurayado Iroha is located in Miyajimafs Omotesando Avenue, a 5-minute walk from Itsukushima Shinto Shrine and Miyajima Pier. The hotel offers a restaurant and Japanese-style rooms with free wired internet access. The stylish rooms at Kurayado Iroha feature tatami-mat flooring and private bathrooms. Amenities include a flat-screen TV and DVD player. The top floor indoor and outdoor public baths overlook Setonaikai Sea and the Otorii Shrine Gate. The hotel also provides business services and a souvenir shop. Caf? and Dining Yoimosezu provides freshly-ground coffee and tasty all-day dining. A Japanese breakfast and dinner are available, but dinner must be reserved in advance. Please note that nearby dining options are limited.
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    • Jukeiso
      Mid-range
      Jukeiso features Japanese-style rooms overlooking the majestic entrance gate (Torii) of Itsukushima-jinja Shrine, only a 5-minute walk from the Unesco World Heritage Site itself. The hotel offers public and private hot baths and a free shuttle to/from Miyajima Ferry Terminal. Free Wi-Fi is provided at the lobby. Japanese-style hotel Jukeiso is a 10-minute walk from Hokoku Shrine and Goju-no-To Pagoda. It's a 14-minute walk from Momijidani Park, and a 19-minute walk from the Miyajima Ropeway at Momijidani Station. Guests can unwind in a public indoor bath, which is available 24 hours, while an outdoor bath for private use offers views of Itsukushima-jinja Shrine. Free parking is available. Jukeiso serves a Japanese breakfast and dinner at its restaurant. Besides amazing nature views, comfortable rooms come with a flat-screen TV, a mini-fridge and an en suite bathroom. Yukata robes and green tea are provided. Guests sleep in Japanese futon bedding on the tatami (woven mat) floor.
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    • Nakaya B&B
      Budget-friendly
      Located on Miyajima Island and only a 5-minute walk from Itsukushima Shrine, Nakaya B&B has an English-speaking owner who provides local information. Free Wi-Fi is available in all rooms and the entire property is non-smoking. Miyajima Ferry Terminal is a 5-minute walk away. Guests can sleep in rooms with tatami (woven-straw) floors and Japanese futon bedding or in rooms with Western beds and hardwood floors. Includes both air conditioning and heating facilities, and a private toilet is included in some rooms. Bathrooms are shared with all guests or can be reserved for private use. B&B Nakaya is a 10-minute walk from Momijidani Park and Momijidani Ropeway Station. It is conveniently located just steps from a shopping arcade. Guests can enjoy DVDs on the flat-screen TV, drink complimentary coffee/tea or play board games at the shared lounge. A simple Western breakfast featuring freshly-baked bread is available at an additional charge, if reserved in advance. Meals are served at the dining room.
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    • Miyajima Grand Hotel Arimoto
      Luxury
      A 3-minute stroll from Itsukushima Shrine, Miyajima Grand Hotel Arimoto boasts an outdoor hot spring bath, 3 restaurants and karaoke. It offers luxurious Japanese-style and Western rooms, massages and a free shuttle from Miyajima Pier. Free Wi-Fi is available in public areas. Spacious rooms feature either traditional futon bedding on a tatami (woven mat) floor, or carpeting and twin beds. All feature a minimalist interior in neutral colours, with a Japanese-style as well as a Western seating area and an LCD TV. Guests can unwind in a soothing natural hot spring, which is separate for men and women. Arimoto Grand Hotel houses a souvenir shop, drinks vending machines and limited free parking. Authentic Japanese cuisine featuring fresh seafood is served at restaurant Shioji in a stylish contemporary setting, and in more traditional surroundings at Kappo Karaku. The Miyajima Arimoto also offers a coffee lounge, a bar and a Japanese noodle restaurant. Miyajima Grand Hotel Arimoto is less than a 5-minute walk from the beautiful Pagoda Goju-no-To and historical Senjokaku Hall. The Miyajima Ferry Terminal is a 10-minute walk away.
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    • Mizuhasou
      Budget-friendly
      Located right in front of Miyajima Aquarium and a 5-minute walk from Itsukushima Shrine's exit, Mizuhasou offers accommodations in a modern yet traditional d?cor. Free Wi-Fi is available at the entire building. Miyajima Ferry Terminal is a 15-minute walk away. The air-conditioned rooms feature a seating area, a flat-screen TV and a fridge. Rooms include a private toilet but bathrooms are shared. Japanese Yukata robes and room wear are provided for all guests, and you can choose to stay in either Japanese or Western-style rooms. Mizuhasou Inn is a 10-minute walk from Momijidani Park and a 15-minute walk from Momijidani Ropeway Station. Traditional multi-course meals are served for dinner and a Japanese set menu for breakfast. Japanese-style hotel Mizuhasou specialises in fresh seafood and exquisitely prepared local seasonal dishes. Meals are served at the dining room.
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