Access to Miyajima with a Japan Rail Pass
Discover the beautiful island with its temples and shrines
Easily reached in about 40 minutes from Hiroshima with a Japan Rail Pass, Miyajima is a treasure of an island only 2 km (1 ¼ miles) off the mainland in the Seto Inland Sea.
Ride a JR Ferry
Trains depart from Hiroshima Station every 15 minutes for the 26-minute ride to Miyajimaguchi (JR Sanyo line), from where it is a 2-minute walk to the ferry bound for Miyajima.
What to see?
No doubt you’ve seen pictures of its most famous landmark, a huge red torii, or shrine gate, rising out of the water. Erected in 1875and made of camphor wood, it is one of the largest torii in Japan, measuring more than 16 m (53 ft.) tall. It guards Miyajima’s main attraction, Itsukushima Shrine, designated a World HeritageSite in 1996. It is ranked one of the three most scenic spots in Japan. Open daily, 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., ¥300.
Momijidani Koen (Red Maple Valley Park) is one of the most famous maple leaf valley parks in Japan. The park is located at the foot of Mt. Misen, along Momijidani River, behindItsukushima Shrine. In autumn, the blazing colors of the valley are truly breathtaking.
Where to stay?
Iroha Ryokan 蔵宿いろは
589-4 Miyajimacho, Hatsukaichi, Hiroshima, 739-0559
Tel : 08-2944-0168 / www.visit-miyajima.jp
Located in Miyajima’s Omotesando Avenue, a five minute walk from Itsukushima Shinto Shrine and Miyajima Pier. The hotel offers a restaurant and Japanese-style rooms with free internet access.
Momijidani-kouennai, Miyajima-cho, Hatsukaichi-shi, Hiroshima, 739-0500
In the famous Momijidani Park, this peaceful quiet accommodation is surrounded by beautiful maple trees
Where to eat?
Hiroshima prefecture’s most famous delicacy, oysters, right next to Itsukushima Shrine! From the ferry terminal, turn right and walk along the coast, turning left to enter the shopping street. Kaki-ya is just past the post office.
Open daily, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Tel:08-2944-2747 / www.kaki-ya.jp