Miyajima

I visited Miyajima last fall but I did not have yet time to upload the pictures I took and share them. It is one of my favorite places in Japan, it is near Hiroshima and you can visit Miyajima easily staying in a hotel in Hiroshima and taking the ferry. But the option I took I think it is much better, I stayed in a hotel in the Miyajima island. Staying in Hiroshima is boring so I would suggest to stay in one of the hotels-ryokans in Miyajima and enjoy the island when it is quiet. During the day Miyajima is filled with tourists coming with the ferry for daily trips. But during the night there is not much people in the island and you can enjoy walks next to the sea, bothered only by deers and tanukis and enjoying views like this one:

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Miyajima (宮島), also known as Itsukushima (厳島), is a little sacred island. It has tons of Shintoist shrines and some Buddhist temples. The whole island is considered to be sacred land and in fact the name says it Miyajima (Miya宮: sacred shrine, jima=島:island).

The island in itself is a Shinto shrine, many Gods live in the island and some people even consider that the island is a God. It is not allowed to die or give birth in the island, animals can’t be killed in the island and trees can’t be chopped. In fact there are tons of monkeys, deers and tanukis wandering freely in the island. Shinto tradition considers deers as God messengers.

The most famous shrine in the island Itsukushima, a world heritage. It is considered one of the most beautiful sceneries in Japan and also in the whole world. It was built more than 1.500 years ago and of course it has been rebuilt many times. The big torii gate is the most photographed part of the shrine, when the tide is low you can even walk until the door.

In the old times it was not allowed to walk on the island, that is why the Itsukushima temple is all built above the water of the sea in the beach like a pier. To enter the island a little boat passed by the torii gate to purify and enter the sacred territory. The torii gate is 16 meters tall and it is designed to be able to resist typhoons.

This are some of the pictures I took in Miyajima last fall:

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Low tide.

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My friend Albert and me in front of the famous torii gate.

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Mini-shrine I found in a hidden beach.

17 Comments
  • ekowc

    June 3, 2009 at 3:16 am

    Excellent photos!
    And beautiful shrines.

  • Anthony

    June 3, 2009 at 3:22 am

    Great Pictures!
    And good memories…

  • oliphant

    June 3, 2009 at 3:22 am

    some amazing photos! its looks gorgeous

  • Muza-chan

    June 3, 2009 at 4:12 am

    Excellent reflection and colors!

  • Brian

    June 3, 2009 at 5:54 am

    Great, some of your best shots yet-

  • Riley A. Vann

    June 3, 2009 at 6:11 am

    Absolutely stunning.

  • Gorgo

    June 3, 2009 at 6:45 am

    This photos are just awesome! Some of them looks like HDR…

  • thammuz

    June 3, 2009 at 1:59 pm

    Those are some beautiful pictures (I especially like the one with the deer and the last one). I’ll have to put that place on my list of places to go next time.

  • TheAndySan

    June 3, 2009 at 2:22 pm

    Wow, I’m blown away by the quality of these photos!

    These make Danny Choo’s pics look like my grabasstic attempts at photography, haha!

  • paul

    June 3, 2009 at 3:59 pm

    guess that means i cant go hunting

  • mallocup

    June 4, 2009 at 11:37 pm

    beautiful shots hector!

  • Jamaipanese

    June 6, 2009 at 8:29 am

    amazing pictures, looks like a must visit when I make it to Japan

  • The Envoy

    June 8, 2009 at 5:42 am

    The gods must be pleased with your pictures. I like the ones with the light play and the deer/reindeer

  • inkawasaki

    June 9, 2009 at 8:56 pm

    Wow… I’ll definitely try to get there before summer is out. Looks beautiful!

  • ah

    July 3, 2009 at 4:07 pm

    wow these are stunning. any chance on some wallpaper sized versions?

  • inkawasaki

    July 6, 2009 at 7:10 am

    After reading this post I finally got to Miyajima this weekend. It wasn’t quite as stunning as in your pictures! But a really nice and scenic place to spend the nice, and relax. ^_^

  • blauereiter

    July 11, 2009 at 10:55 am

    Amazing pictures, really have to visit it one day !