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Romantic Getaways: Miyajima, Japan - The Shrine Island
By: Ben Hall
Photography by Ben Hall
Like most temple and shrine complexes on Miyajima, there are multiple buildings and halls displaying ancient statues and artifacts, but the most uplifting experience is to simply relax and enjoy the tranquil atmosphere of the grounds. From Daisho-in, a hiking trail leads to the summit of Mt Misen at a height of just over 500 metres and the reward for the one and a half hour hike is not just a great view, but more ancient temples and walking trails at the summit.
Most visitors tend to stick to the lower levels near the sea where the Goju-no-to Pagoda, or Five-Storied Pagoda, towers over the main town at 27 metres. The Pagoda was built in 1407 and is used to enshrine a Bhuddist Statue and it’s painted a vermilion colour to match the Itsukushima Shrine.
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Japan Airlines fly daily direct from Sydney to Tokyo. Call 1300 525 287 or visit www.au.jal.com/en
Getting to Miyajima by rail:
From Tokyo take the JR Tokaido-Sanyo Shinkansen Line to Hiroshima Station (4 hours), then connect to Miyajima-guchi Station on the JR Sanyo Line (25 minutes). The ferry station is about a five minute walk from the station and a ferry takes 10 minutes to reach Miyajima.
Where to Stay:
Benten no Yado Itsukushima
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