This is me hung over and almost dying, haha. After a gnarly hangover and a day of recovery, lots of ramen, pho and ginger ale, for me, we decided to head on over to Miyajima. The one thing I had been looking for since knowing I was going to visit Hiroshima. We headed over around 9:30 and arrived at 10:30 I believe. We were in the center of Hiroshima so if you decide to visit plan accordingly.
Anyways, after the hour trip we were finally at our destination! While on the ferry ride you can see the Itsukushima Torii Gate. I was so excited! When we got off we grabbed a map of the island and headed on over to the shrine!I was obsessed with the streets. They just look like they were taken out of an anime!
On our way there we spotted some deer! The Sika Deer was considered sacred messengers from the Gods. They were super friendly and were not scared when we approached them. So cute!The views here, incredible.
The great Torii is the boundary between the spirit and the human worlds.The first Otorii of Itsukushima Shrine was constructed in 1168 and was built about 200 meters offshore. The shrine is dedicated to the three daughters of Susano-o no Mikoto, Shinto god of seas and storms, and brother of the sun goddess Amaterasu. I mean seriously, is this even real!?
By the way the only day it rained was the day we decided to visit this amazing island. First I wear jeans on the hottest day and then we go to an island when it’s raining, obviously we suck!
The gate was pronounced a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site in 1996. Another to add to the list of ones we visited.
The treasure hall was also beautiful.
I noticed a lot of people did not purify themselves before heading inside and it was a little confusing at first but we did it anyway. Always show respect even when you don’t know what’s going on please ask someone.
Looks like a mini Kintai Bridge!
I swear the streets made me think of the streets I see on Anime.
Miyajima truly is magical!
We headed back to the Torii Gate to get a closer look since the tide went down. I mean I really couldn’t get enough of this beauty!
And on our way to the next stop we spotted the deer being a little aggressive for food, haha. They bit my jacket and were chasing a girl with a backpack; I think she had snacks in there or something.
Ok, if you guys go to Miyajima please try their Oysters! They were so fresh and good! I grew up with my family eating raw oysters and just adding some lemon and chili, so this was a definite treat for me.
Our next stop was Daisyoin Buddhist Temple!
Ema’s, the small wooden plaques in front of Buddhist or Shinto Temples. The ema are left hanging up at the shrine, where the kami (spirits or gods) are believed to receive them.
I’ve been to so many temples while I’ve been in Japan but I think this one has been my favorite thus far.
This room really made me feel some type of way. I don’t know what it was but I had to stay in there and just soak it all in.
The cutest statue!
Ringing the Bell of Peace.
After enjoying the beauty of what is Daisyoin Temple and getting our socks wet we were ready for some warm food and coffee. Seriously, wet socks are the worst. We headed to Sarasvati.
If anyone has seen Tokyo Ghoul I swear this reminded me of it!
After lunch, we went to explore some more and it stopped raining!
More deer encounters.
On our way to the ferry we saw a Shiba café and knowing me we had to go because I missed Sosuke and Jacks. You guys, they were not having it and I was so sad because I love when my pups jump and me and love me, haha.
We left the island right after. By the way to get to the island you just need your JR pass or Suica card, which we had. It was much easier to use it then to have to be pulling yen out every stop we made. Also, Danny was super familiar with the trams in Hiroshima and the trains! It was easier to use the train system this time then when we went to Tokyo because we had zero clue on what we were doing in Tokyo. We had such an amazing time in Miyajima we can’t wait to go back! I absolutely, 100% think anyone visiting Hiroshima should make a stop at Miyajima! It’s absolutely amazing. I hope you guys enjoyed the post, thanks for tuning in everyone! Stay tuned for the next post!