Itsukushima Shrine(Miyajima island)

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Miyajima is quite a large island, but its attractions are concentrated in two main areas: the small town around Itsukushima Shrine and Mount Misen.
Itsukushima Shrine was built in 593 and is an important cultural property with a shrine built on the sea that adopted the Shinden-zukuri style by Taira no Kiyomori in 1168. Generally called "Aki no Miyajima", it is one of the three most scenic spots in Japan. In 1996, it was registered as a World Cultural Heritage site as a masterpiece that expresses the creative talents of humankind, with a landscape that integrates the buildings on the sea, which is rare in the world, and the nature behind it. It is a national treasure building that Hiroshima Prefecture is proud of, which is extremely valuable both historically and culturally and attracts tourists from all over the world. The shrine and its torii gate are unique for being built over water, seemingly floating in the sea during high tide.
At 500 meters above sea level, Mount Misen (弥山) is the highest peak on Miyajima. On clear days, it affords spectacular views of the Seto Inland Sea and as far as Hiroshima City. There are also a number of Buddhist structures near the peak. A ropeway leads up the mountain from town, but it is also possible to climb up on foot.

--Parking Lot: Miyajimaguchi Parking Lot (宮島口駐車場)
MC: 103 501 771*81
Fee: 1000 yen
Distance: 2 minutes walk to Miyajimaguchi Ferry Board
Note: 134 cars
--Parking Lot: Hiroden Miyajima Garden Parking Lot (広電宮島ガーデン駐車場)
MC: 103 531 086*83
Fee: 1000 yen
Distance: 2 minutes walk to Miyajimaguchi Ferry Board
Note:360 cars

Miyajima sightseeing is a bit complicated. Drive Japan introduces the following three courses. We especially recommend the Standard course, which takes 3 hours, but if you want to go to the mountain observatories by ropeway, please consider the time required when choosing a course. Please refer to the Town Map. The numbers for each course indicate the pin numbers on the map.

[Standard course]
3 hours in total

[Mt. Misen ropeway course]
4 hours in total

[Mt. Misen Summit course]
5.5 hours in total

There are two types of ferries that cross Miyajima, Matsudai Kisen, and JR Ferry, but the boarding fee is the same (360 yen for Adult and 180 yen for Child round trip), and the time required (about 10 minutes) is not so different. However, if you want to see the Otorii from the ferry (sea), we recommend the JR Ferry that runs nearby. It departs approximately once every 15 minutes from 7 am to 7 pm.

Itsukushima Shrine's Opening hours:
(Jan-Feb, Mid Oct-Nov) 6:30-17:30
(Mar-Mid Oct) 6:30-18:00
(Dec) 6:30-17:00
(Jan 1) 0:00-18:30
(Jan 2 and 3) 6:30-18:30

Those heading to Mt. Misen use the Miyajima Ropeway. There are two ropeways, and you will change ropeways on the way. The first is the 8-seater ropeway (about 10 minutes), and the second is the 30-seater ropeway (about 4 minutes) to reach the Shishiiwa Observatory. The operation interval is 1 minute for the first ropeway and 15 minutes for the second. The round-trip fee is 1840 yen for Adults and 920 yen for Children.

About 40 minutes by car or 24km from/to Hiroshima City.

Opening Hours
Average Staying Time
3 hour 0 minutes
Parking fee
1000 yen/day
Admission fee
(Shrine) Adult 250 yen High school student 200 yen Elementary and junior high school student 100 yen (Round trip ferry) Adult 360 yen Child 180 yen (Ropeway round trip) Adult 1840 yen Child 920 yen
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