Hiroshima – Miyajima, Mt. Misen & Itsukushima Shrine
Dates: 3 Apr
This marked the last day of my Japan Railpass, so I had to rush around Miyajima before jumping on the Shinkansen over to Osaka in the evening. Easily done.
To get over to Miyajima you hop on the train down to Miyajimaguchi Station then take the ferry, which is free with the JR Pass, over to Miyajima island. I did have fairly limited time on the island however I had plenty of time to get the main attractions done – Itsukushima Shrine & Mount Misen.
Itsukushima Shrine is a large Torii gate that is slightly out at sea – I was there at high tide, which personally is the best time to view it as the base is submerged. I’ve seen photos of it in low tide and it’s just like any other Torii gate but in sand.
Mount Misen is a fairly easy climb at 535m, I did initially plan to take the ropeway up but when I saw there was a 45 minute queue I decided to walk up instead. There are a few different routes to take depending on what you want to see during your hike, I took the Mimiji route up and the Daisho-in route down. The Daiso-in path takes you out at the back of a fairly large temple which is a nice end to the hike before heading back to the boat.