Miyajima Discovery, Full Day

The Island of the Gods


The opinion of Japan Experience

Miyajima is the ‘Island of the Gods,’ where the famous floating torii and Itsukushima Shrine are located. From the moment you step off the ferry you know it’s a sacred and special place and somewhere you can relax while enjoying the peace and quiet of the nature that surrounds you. 

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Alexis has a particular gift to discover (and make discover) places in Hiroshima and Miyajima that few tourists know.

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Before all that though, you need to decide how you want to get to Miyajima. Do you want the cheapest option of streetcar and ferry, a combination of streetcar, train and ferry or the more expensive, but scenic boat, straight from the Peace Park to Miyajima’s doorstep?

Whichever way you choose, the trip from Hiroshima to Miyajima will give you some well-needed downtime and allow you to recover your spirits for the afternoon of sightseeing.

On your arrival to Miyajima, Alexis will let you take a minute to capture some photos of the waterfront area and of course, some of the many deer that inhabit the island. Be careful to keep hold of your possessions though because the deer are very curious creatures and enjoy eating whatever they can find!

After that it’s finally time to experience what you’ve previously only seen in photos: Itsukushima Shrine. You will definitely want to spend a fair amount of time wandering around the area and even walking out to the torii if the tide is low. You will be amazed and humbled by how big it really is when you stand next to it! The shrine itself is very beautiful and you can spend some time slowly walking through and taking photos. Don’t hesitate to ask Alexis to take a photo of you wherever and whenever you want either!

When you’ve had enough of taking photos and marveling at the shrine, Alexis will introduce you to Omotesando, the main shopping street, which leads from the port to the shrine. Here you’ll be able to indulge your taste buds in some of Miyajima’s famous foods such as momiji manju, the maple-leaf shaped cake or grilled oysters. If you’d prefer to have a sit-down meal in a restaurant, let Alexis know and he will lead you to her favourite places! If you haven’t tried okonomiyaki yet, this may be your chance! Miyajima is also famous for its local beer, which is brewed on the island and Alexis highly recommends having one or two with your grilled oysters or lunch. Of course, you may also want to spend some time in the Miyajima Beer Terrace enjoying the view and some freshly cooked oysters in their shells. It’s all up to you!

Once you’ve finished lunch it’s time for some physical activity. You have the option of visiting Mt. Misen by way of the ropeway or hiking up one of the trails to the top. Either way, you will be rewarded with spectacular views over Miyajima and the Inland Sea as well as being able to see Hiroshima in the distance.

After returning from the top it’s time to make your final purchases of any souvenirs you may want for yourself or for family and friends at home before taking the ferry back to the mainland.

Remember to ask Alexis if there’s anything else he recommends, or if you have somewhere you want to go, be sure to tell him!

She will ensure she sees you safely back to your accommodation and will of course be able to recommend a place for dinner if you’re still hungry after your day of eating and drinking on Miyajima. 

Access

Your guide will be in touch with you a few days before by email or phone to decide on a convenient meeting place and time and you are more than welcome to ask about any activities you are interested in.
Tours usually start in the lobby of your hotel or at your accommodation. Alexis will meet you at a mutually designated time before sitting down and talking briefly about what it is you would like to see, what you would like to do and where you would like to go on the tour. You can also ask Alexis to take you somewhere that few tourists know about!

Above 8 participants, extra fees will be applied. Children are considered as a full participant.