Miyajima Island - Molluscs and Momiji Manju

Miyajima Island - Molluscs and Momiji Manju, Miyajima, Japan (B)

There was an air of anticipation as we crossed the narrow channel of water between Hiroshima port and Miyajima Island. Everyone was craning their necks for the first view of the torii gate of the famous Itsukushima shrine. A veil of mist draping the island enhanced the moment as we drew closer to the red gates that really does appear to be floating on the sea. Sadly, it is no longer a requirement to enter shrine island through this gate and we had to disembark at the ferry port.

I collected a map from the Information Point inside the terminal and was disappointed to see a sign indicating that the Itsukushima-shrine was closed. I asked the lady behind the desk and she assured me this was just a temporary closure due to the high tide and it would be open in an hour. She gave me a map in English, marked the most interesting places to visit close to the port and I set off to explore. I knew I would not have time follow one of the walking routes on the map. My route took me past the Itsukushima-shrine and I paused for a while to watch some frantic brushing of salty water back into the sea. ...... (follow the instructions below for accessing the rest of this article).
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Guide Name: Miyajima Island - Molluscs and Momiji Manju
Guide Location: Japan » Miyajima
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Article (B))
Author: Valery Collins
Read it on Author's Website: https://experiencedtraveller.com/journal/2016-11-27-miyajima-island-molluscs-and-momiji-manju
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Itsukushima shrine
  • Toyokuni Shrine
  • Daiganji Temple
  • Momijidani (Maple) Park