Miyajima is a small island just off the coast from Hiroshima in the Hiroshima Bay. There is a ferry that takes passengers back and forth to the mainland and the trip is only ten minutes and there is frequent service.
The actual name of the island is Itsukushima, but it is popularly known as Miyajima or the Shrine Island. The most famous site is the torii at the Itsukushima Shrine. The torii sits out in the bay during high tide and welcomes visitors.
The island is mountainous and a great place to hike around. For those that spent an emotional day at the Hiroshima Peace Park and Museum, the island is a great place to relax and calm the nerves after the horrors of the previous. The island is even more beautiful if you are lucky like me and can time your visit during the cherry blossom season.
The bullet train or Shinkansen is the best way to get to Hiroshima and subsequently to Miyajima. The train that is fast as superman links most of Japan’s major cities like Osaka, Tokyo, and Kyoto.
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