Miyajima for Beginners

  • Itsukushima Shrine
  • The size of the giant rock formations is striking
  • The scenery where Momiji Bridge and fall foliage interweave is beautiful
  • Finless porpoise, the symbol of the aquarium
  • Miyajima's specialty “conger eel rice”
  • Enjoy the different flavors of each manufacturer
  • Itsukushima Shrine
  • The size of the giant rock formations is striking
  • The scenery where Momiji Bridge and fall foliage interweave is beautiful
  • Finless porpoise, the symbol of the aquarium
  • Miyajima's specialty “conger eel rice”
  • Enjoy the different flavors of each manufacturer

Miyajima is a tourist attraction representing Hiroshima. It is counted as one of the three most scenic spots in Japan, and many people visit it every year. Here are some must-see spots you should definitely stop by when you visit Miyajima.

First, go to Itsukushima Shrine

The symbol of an island floating in the Seto Inland Sea

  • The Great Torii Gate Standing Majestically in the Sea
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  • The Otorii gate seen up close is impressive
  • The Great Torii Gate Standing Majestically in the Sea
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  • The Otorii gate seen up close is impressive

Itsukushima Shrine was registered as a World Heritage Site in 1996. The shrine built by Taira no Kiyomori is one of the most famous shrines in Japan that conveys the style of Shinden-zukuri in the Heian period, with an original arrangement structure based on the sea. At 200m off the coast of the precincts, there is a large torii gate with a height of about 16 meters, which is also a symbol of Miyajima, built only under its own weight, and you can walk to the bottom when the tide goes down. The vermilion-lacquered shrine, which connects the sea with a corridor, looks like it floats in the sea when the tide is full, creating a unique world view.

Natural monuments too! Misen

You can enjoy a large panorama from Mt. Misen
The size of the giant rock formations is striking
If you enjoy Mt. Misen well, climbing is also fun
You can get to Shishiiwa Station halfway from Momijidani Station by ropeway

The sacred mountain that rises behind Itsukushima Shrine

Misen, the main peak of Miyajima at an altitude of 535 meters, was founded by Kobo Daishi in 806. You can see the beauty of the natural forest, the varied landscape dotted with giant rock formations, and the archipelago beauty of the Seto Inland Sea, where oyster rafts are characteristic, and from the observation deck at the top of the mountain, you can see Mt. Shikuni in the distance. Coniferous forests are mixed with southern plants, and primitive plants remain in nature. The “Yushan Primitive Forest” is designated as a national natural monument and is part of the World Heritage Site Designated Area.

Enjoy the nature of the four seasons! Momijidani Park

The scenery where Momiji Bridge and fall foliage interweave is beautiful
As the name of Momijidani Park, the spectacular fall foliage is a sight to see

A famous spot for fall foliage representing Miyajima

It is a park that spreads along the Momijidani River in the valley at the foot of Mt. Misen, which has about 700 autumn leaves. It was pioneered in the Edo period and is said to have started when maple saplings were planted. The beautiful garden is created by a local gardener in Hiroshima, and the stone is used in its natural form without damaging the local ones. Furthermore, trees are not cut, and the concrete surface is wrapped in field stone so that it does not come into contact with the eyes, taking into consideration not only safety but also the natural environment. You can fully enjoy the changing nature with cherry blossoms in spring, fresh greenery in summer, and autumn leaves in autumn.

The whole Seto Inland Sea! Miyajima Aquarium

An aquarium with a Japanese-style architecture that takes into consideration the landscape
Finless porpoise, the symbol of the aquarium
Are oyster rafts rare to see in aquariums
Some penguins swim above their heads

Conveying the nature and characteristics of the Seto Inland Sea

Miyajima Aquarium (nicknamed Miyaji Marine) is one of the leading aquariums in the Chugoku region that exhibits more than 13,000 items of 350 species, centering on creatures from the Seto Inland Sea, including the symbol Finless porpoises. With the basic philosophy of “healing” and “petting”, it is a participatory and experience-based aquarium where you can feel closer to the creatures of the sea. The museum is full of highlights such as “Umi no Megumi,” which reproduces oyster rafts floating in the sea, “Healing Sea”, the largest in Miyajima Aquarium, and “Fureai no Iso,” where you can directly touch the creatures on the shore.

A must-eat! Miyajima gourmet

Miyajima's specialty “conger eel rice”
Fresh and large oysters are excellent in response to eating

Taste the two major gourmet foods of Miyajima

When you visit Miyajima, you should definitely try “conger eel rice” and “oysters.”
The conger eel caught in Ono Seto, which faces Miyajima, is exceptional in flavor and softness. “Conger eel rice,” which brings out the flavor of conger eel with a lot of fat, is known as a specialty of Miyajima.
Like conger eel, “oysters” farmed in Ono Seto are superb gems in both aroma, taste, and chewiness. It contains plenty of flavor and minerals from the shore, and the moment you put it in your mouth, the unique flavor spreads firmly. Let’s fully enjoy the blessings of the sea nurtured in the Seto Inland Sea.

■ Click here for details on “conger eel rice” and “oysters”
⇒ Gourmet special feature “Conger eel from MiyajimaHow to eat delicious oysters from Hiroshima

Miyajima souvenirs with a deep history

Enjoy the different flavors of each manufacturer
A ladle with everything from large ones to straps

The royal road “Momiji manju” and “shakushi (shakushi)” of Miyajima souvenirs

Speaking of Miyajima souvenirs, after all, momiji manju. Momiji manju was born in 1906. It is said that it started when Miyajima’s ryokan Iwaso no Okami commissioned Takatsu Tsunesuke confectionery craftsmen to make it. In addition to koshi-an and tsubu-an, you can enjoy a variety of flavors, from chocolate, custard, matcha, and cheese, which are now standard, to unique variants devised for each store. There are many shops that can only be found on the island, so why not find your favorite momiji manju and use it as a souvenir?
Shakushi, a representative Miyajima souvenir along with momiji manju, is a traditional craft boasting a history of more than 200 years, and is popular not only as a practical item but also as a lucky souvenir. It seems that it became famous as a lucky charm because of the phrase “to meet happiness.” Be sure to buy it for your family and friends, as well as for yourself and go home.

■ Click here for details on “Momiji Manju” and “Shakushi”
⇒ Souvenir special feature “Momiji Manju”, Traditional crafts (shakushi)

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