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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 Itsukushima Shrine welcomes our ferry as it approaches Miyajima


As we approach the cherry blossoms come into view in the distance


The Itsukushima Shrine


The Itsukushima Shrine is a UNESCO World Heritage Site


The Itsukushima Shrine is a UNESCO World Heritage Site


The Itsukushima Shrine is a UNESCO World Heritage Site

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.


Cherry blossoms in front of a temple


Cherry blossoms in front of a temple


Goju-no-to Pagoda from Senjō-kaku Temple


Cherry blossoms begin to fall and create a surreal pink landscape


Goju-no-to Pagoda from Senjō-kaku Temple



Watch out for these deer. They are cute, but they are kind of a menace


Cherry blossoms line the walkway

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.

This is the last post dedicated to Japan for the #Japanlife and #Blog4japan initiative. Thanks to Todd Wassell, Beehive Blog, and Art of Spa for creating these worthwhile initiatives. For those that are inspired to donate, click here for information on the Red Cross and here for some local Japan organizations recommended by Todd Wassell who is an aid and recovery specialist for the UN.

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