On Tuesday Kris had his first entire day off since I have been here and it was suppose to be spring like weather, so we decided to go visit Miyajima Island and spend the day outside. In order to get there we took a taxi to the train station, rode the local train to the ferry station, then took a short ferry ride to Miyajima….AND we bought all the tickets and found the right train all by ourselves! ( We gave each other a high five.) I took a million pictures, so I will try not to write too much and let you just enjoy the photos. It is said that Miyajima is one of the three most scenic spots in Japan, I know I haven’t seen much of Japan yet, but so far I would have to agree!
WARNING: This post is super long with a ton of photos, so make sure you have a few extra minutes to spare. 🙂
Traveling to the island only took us about an hour total and the process ended up being easier than we thought.
We then walked through the little shopping “arcade” ( The covered outdoor shopping area.) and came across an entire Hello Kitty store…I of course had to find something for my niece. Yes, I admit I loved the store just as much as she would.
( That is the date above me. 27 is the Japanese year, I haven’t learned all about that yet, but it has something to do with when there is an Emperor year it starts over? Do not quote me on that because I am not 100% sure.)
They have this little cake like dessert all over this island with all kinds of different fillings. Kris picked strawberry and I of course made him get the Kitty one! ( He will kill me for this photo!)
We also finally broke down and bought a selfie stick, below is our first picture. I admit the stick is very helpful, I have a new love for it.
I believe this is a giant rice spoon.
At lunch this deer stood right outside the door, and at one point was halfway in the building. it was too cute and very entertaining. We both had rice with chicken and egg on top, it was yummy.
After lunch we decided to walk to The O-torii Gate. At high tide the gate looks like it is floating and when it is low tide you can actually walk under it. Low tide was suppose to be during the afternoon so we decided to head there first.
At high tide all of this sand would be under water. ( I will prove it to you in later photos. 🙂 )
Standing right under The O-torii Gate. This is the eighth gate since the Heian period and was built in 1875. We placed coins in between the barnacles on the gate and made a wish. When high tide comes they will be washed away.
Behind us is the Itsukushima Shrine. The shrine is dedicated to the three Munakata goddesses and they are worshiped as three deities of sea; traffic safety, fortune, and accomplishment. By the end of the day the Ocean was all the way up and underneath the shrine.
Next we climbed what seemed like a hundred stairs to the Toyokuni Shrine, also known as Senjokaku. The shrine was built as a library of Buddhist sutras by Hideyoshi Toyotomi, the building was put on hold due to his death and is still unfinished to this day. This structure was absolutely gorgeous.
The cute tank I have on has little cherry blossoms all over it, so I had to buy it for my trip to Japan. I got it at franklybasic.com ,it’s not online, but they have a ton of cute spring tanks on the website! ( Or if you love it as much as I do you could stop by one of the stores, AND it’s only 48 dollars, it’s a steal, I know!)
Behind this shrine was the Five-Storied Pagoda said to be built in 1407! ( Crazy, right?) I think this would have been my Mom’s favorite. The shrine was a gorgeous orange color and the coolest palm tree stood right in front of it.
Call me cheesy, but I had to take a picture by a Sakura tree since I had on my cherry blossom tank!
As we were walking around we came across some carnival games, Kris shot the cork gun ( and won!) and I played the ring toss…and duh, I won too!
We then climbed more stairs to the Tahoto Pagoda. ( This was my favorite name, it’s just too fun to say.) It was built in 1523 by the priest Shunkan.
The island also has an aquarium and I insisted we go through it. We saw all kinds of different sea life, but since I have a million pictures I will just show you the finless porpoise and this creepy spider crab! ( The spider crab was at least 3 feet across, he was huge!)
After the aquarium we decided to grab a treat and see if the tide had come in at all.
I had to walk on the little beach they had.
The tide had started to come in by late afternoon. It doesn’t look like it but we are standing up on a ledge several feet above the water.
Lastly we decided to ride on the Miyajima ropeway to the top of Mt. Misen. We chose to walk up to the ropeway instead of taking the shuttle. ( Lets just say I got a serious leg work out in yesterday.) Seeing the scenery along the walk was worth not taking the shuttle.
The ride to the top was a little scary, but not too bad!
The view from Mt. Misen was absolutely breathtaking. We had no idea that once you made it to the top there was an hour long hike you could take. If you chose to go on the hike there is an observatory where you could have a 360 degree view of the island. We made it up the mountain too late to do that, so we plan on going back in our work out gear and doing the three hour hike from the bottom to the top!
We ended the day watching the sunset over the mountains and The O-torii Gate it was stunning.
As you can see we had a great off day and that was a ton of photos, but I’d say you now know why it is called one of the three most scenic spots in Japan. Thanks for stopping by!