Top 5 Miyajima ExperiencesJapan . Uncategorized
Read on to see my top 5 favorite activities on Miyajima Island…
Exploring Japan has been quite an adventure! One of my favorite places to visit is Miyajima Island. Here you can see over 1,200 Sika deer roam freely about the island. I spent a day enjoying temples, nature, food and so much more! Of course, I used Dermadry to effectively minimize all of the sweat I usually produce in the sun and under layers of clothing.
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The journey to Mt. Misen was my first stop after arriving to the island. You will enjoy the enchanting Momijidani Park on the way and a very lovely koi fish pond. Take the ropeway to the top of Mt. Misen making sure to stop at the Eternal Fire Temple and Misen Hondo temple on the way.
It’s about a 30 minute hike to the Mt. Misen observatory from the ropeway but the views are so breathtaking and the trail makes for good excercise. Instead of taking the ropeway to the base of Mt. Misen I actually walked all the way down. It took about two hours and I had on neither hiking shoes nor activewear. It was a beautiful way to experience the nature of the island. You can actually take the ropeway back down but I thought it would be easy. Would I do it again? No. Am I glad I took the scenic route? Yes.
Near the base of the mountain is the beautiful Daisho-In temple. Be sure to stop at the Niomon Gate statue a little ways up the trail before continuing on to the temple.
Before climbing the stairs you’ll see a path to your left. Walk the path to see a beautiful garden with well hundreds of rakan statues representing the 500 disciples of Buddha in colorful knitted hats. Once you climb the stairs to the temple you can enjoy the gardens, many beautiful sculptures and the Henjyokutsu cave. The enchanting Henjyokutsu cave or room of 1000 lanterns, is a vault with a ceiling studded in the most beautiful amber-colored lanterns. There are Buddhist icons depicting the 88 temples along the pilgrimage route to the Shikoku islands with sand from each temple underneath.
It’s said that visitors to the cave will get the blessings of each of the temples by visiting the cave.
Along the route to Omotesando street you’ll see beautiful views of the Inland Sea and deer roaming the riverside and streets. Since Miyajima is famous for having the largest and juiciest oysters in all of Japan you can expect to find many oyster restaurants and dishes in this shopping district. There are souvenirs, sweets and anything you could think of! I ordered the most amazing oyster set at Yakigaki No Hayashi composed of raw oysters, fried oysters, steamed oysters, oyster rice, pickles and miso soup. The food was delicious and the service was amazing. I’ll definitely be going back.
Make sure to stop at the momiji manju factory to try one of Miyajima’s most famous deep fried desserts momiji manju with a filling of your choice. You can choose from anko, chocolate, lemon and cream fillings!
Itsukushima shrine and Treasure Hall
A lot of people may recognize the famous Floating Torii of Japan. It can be found here! Designated a UNESCO Heritage site, at high tide the gate looks like it’s floating on the water! However, it is currently under construction and only scaffolding can be seen. The vermilion temple is also worth walking through as is the additional ticket for the Itsukushima Shrine Treasure Hall that can be purchased together for ¥1000. You can see many ornate rooms with decorative sakè barrels as well as unique armor and other unique valuables a part of Japanese history.
Take a jinrikisha ride from Itsukushima shrine through the twisting streets and alleys to the Gojunoto. The Five Story Pagoda and its intricate details can also be viewed from the nearby Senjokaku Hall, Hall of 1000 tatami mats.
I hope this short guide is helpful on your journey to exploring Miyajima Japan! Also, be sure to check out the Dermadry website to help you enjoy your travels without breaking a sweat! Literally!