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Miyajima, or Itsuku-shima as it was formally known, has been sacred to the Japanese since the inception of the first shrine on the island over fifteen hundred years ago.

Shrines, MiyajimaThe present incarnation of the Itsukushima-jinja shrine is one of the island's greatest attractions, and the "floating" red torii gate that stands in the shallow waters of the bay when the tide is in remains one of the most photographed views in Japan. The small town has a pleasant, relaxed atmosphere, particularly in the evenings and early mornings once the day-trippers have returned to the mainland.

There are several other smaller temples and shrines dotted around the island that are well worth a visit and Mt Misen (530m) offers great views from its summit and is also home to troupes of wild monkeys.

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Suggested itineraries featuring Miyajima Island

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    Accommodation choices for Miyajima Island

    We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Miyajima Island. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.

    • Exterior view of the Iwaso Ryokan, Miyajima

      Iwaso Ryokan

      First Class

      Many of the rooms at the Iwaso ryokan have lovely views of the surrounding woodland or the ocean and torii shrine gate, and the peaceful atmosphere allows for an extremely relaxing stay.

    • Kawaguchi Minshuku, Front  Entrance

      Kawaguchi Minshuku

      Medium

      The Kawaguchi ryokan is a small family run inn with warm, wonderful hosts. Its rooms are Japanese in style with futon mats on tatami floors, which are laid out every night.

    • Kuroyado Iroha ryokan, Miyajima Island

      Kurayado Iroha Ryokan

      First Class

      The spacious rooms at the Kurayado Iroha ryokan fuse Japanese style tatami mat flooring and low dining tables with western style beds and modern hotel amenities.