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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
Walk
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.
Walk
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
Walk
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.
Walk
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.
Walk
20 minutes
Ropeway
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
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.
Walk
15 minutes
Finish

Hotels around Miyajima

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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. Private rooms feature tatami (woven-straw) flooring and traditional futon mattress whereas dormitory room provides wooden beds. Bathrooms, shower rooms and toilets are shared with other guests. The common lounge features tourist guide books, a TV and a desktop computer. Lockers 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 bread, cereal, coffee and other menu items are available with extra fees. 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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    • 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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    • Hotel Miyajima Villa
      Mid-range
      Located in Miyajima, 700 metres from Five Storey Pagoda, 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, less than 1 km from The great Torii, a 19-minute walk from Momijidani Park and 1.4 km from Museum of History and Folklore. The property features a hot spring bath, free WiFi throughout the property and luggage storage space. 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 Itsukushima Shrine, Daisho-in Temple and Miyajima Ferry Terminal.
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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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    • 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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    • Miyajima Seaside Hotel
      Mid-range
      Only a 5-minute drive from Miyajima Ferry Port with its free shuttle, beautiful ocean views can be enjoyed from Miyajima Seaside Hotel. The hotel features a public bath, a karaoke room and free WiFi at the lobby. Japanese-style rooms feature a tatami (woven mat) floor and shoji sliding paper screens. Some rooms offer tranquil views of the Seto Inland Sea. They are fitted with an LCD TV, a mini-fridge and traditional futon beds. An en suite bathroom and yukata robes are provided. Guests can savour Japanese dishes for breakfast and a traditional Japanese set menu for dinner. Miyajima Hotel houses a soothing hot public bath, a souvenir shop and free-use laundry facilities. Drinks vending machines are on-site, and free parking is available. Seaside Hotel Miyajima is a 5-minute drive from the Itsukushima Shinto Shrine, a Unesco World Heritage Site. It's a 5-minute drive from Senjokaku Hall, and an 8-minute drive from Daisho-in Temple. Miyajima Ropeway lift is a 5-minute shuttle and a 20-minute walk away.
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    • Kikunoya
      Mid-range
      Just a 7-minute walk from Itsukushima Shrine, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Kikunoya has free on-site parking upon prior reservation. Combining modern design with a homely decor, Kikunoya Hotel offers both Western and Japanese-style rooms. Entertainment options include cable channels and a DVD player. Certain rooms include an en suite bathroom. Toiletries and slippers are provided for in the private and shared bathroom. A Japanese breakfast set is available for an extra fee. Dinner is available at Kikunoya. The hotel is a 15-minute walk from the Miyajima Sanbashi Ferry stop, and a free shuttle is available. JR Hiroshima Train Station is 28 km 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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    • Sakuraya
      Mid-range
      Renewed in 2013, Sakuraya offers affordable Japanese-style rooms with mountain or sea views. Free Wi-Fi is available at the public areas. Miyajima Ferry Terminal is a 3-minute walk away. The air-conditioned rooms feature tatami (woven-straw) floors and Japanese futon bedding. Each comes with a flat-screen TV and an electric kettle with green tea bags. All rooms have a private toilet, and some have shared bathroom facilities. The shared bath is available between 15:00-23:00 daily. Luggage storage is offered at the front desk and drink vending machines are on site. Guests can enjoy fresh oysters at the property. Sakuraya Inn is a 10-minute walk from Itsukushima Shrine and Momijidani Park. Miyajima Ropeway is a 15-minute walk away. No meals are served.
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    • OUCHI HOTEL Miyajimaguchi
      Mid-range
      Set 700 metres from Itsukushima Shrine, OUCHI HOTEL Miyajimaguchi offers accommodation with a balcony and free WiFi. All units here are air-conditioned and feature a flat-screen TV, a living room with a sofa, a well-equipped kitchen and a private bathroom with shower, slippers and a hairdryer. Daisho-in Temple is 1.5 km from the apartment, while Five Storey Pagoda is 2.5 km from the property.
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