Shrine and the
Island of Miyajima
An island of natural beauty and history
The island of Miyajima in Hiroshima Prefecture is home to Itsukushima Shinto Shrine, a World Heritage Site since 1996. To get there, I rode about four hours on a high-speed Shinkansen train from Tokyo to Hiroshima, then took a local train from there to the island's gateway, Miyajima-guchi, about 30 minutes away. I arrived before noon, and someone told me about an old, reputable establishment near the ferry wharf. It serves anago meshi, a tasty Miyajima specialty featuring rice and sea eel, so I decided to eat before crossing over to the island.
After lunch I took the ferry and soon approached, on my right, the shrine's immense torii gate, painted in vermilion. It took the ferry only about 10 minutes to reach the dock at Miyajima Wharf. I used the walkway along the seacoast toward the shrine and was soon greeted here and there by wild deer. The island, nestled on waters in this part of the Seto Inland Sea, has been revered as a god since ancient times.