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Daisho-in Temple

Miyajima’s main temple, Daishō-in is tucked back into the well-treed lower slopes of Mount Misen, about ten minutes south of Itsukushima-jinja. Daisho-in is one of the most important temples in Shingon Buddhism and the sect’s founder, Kobo Daishi, first began the practice of Buddhism on Miyajima. The temple has interesting pavilions, lily-filled ponds, and stone…

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Itsukushima Shrine

Itsukushima Shrine is built out over the water, as a spiritual threshold that separates the sacred island from the profane outer world. With its large torii gate standing nearby in the sea, it forms the iconic image of Miyajima. The shrine itself was first built in the 6th Century, and took its present form in…

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Iwaso

Situated in a picturesque part of Momijidani Park, the stylish luxury ryokan Iwaso has among their guest list members of the Japanese royal family and has been welcoming visitors to Miyajima since 1854. Each comfortable room boasts creative design, such as flame-shaped windows, openwork screens, latticework and alcove posts. The Wakamiya Hot Spring, named after…

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Miyajima Fireworks Display

Around 5000 fireworks are launched from boats in a spectacular display just off the north shore of Miyajima Island every year in mid August. Best viewed from around Itsukushima Shrine, combined with the shrine’s giant torii gate, this is one of Japan’s most iconic firework displays and very popular with photographers. The fireworks can also…

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Watanabe Ryokan

You will find this small family-run ryokan at the end of a narrow alley lined with old wooden buildings, minutes away from the World Heritage site of Itsukushima shrine. All rooms have traditional Japanese baths made of fragrant cypress wood, but what really makes Watanabe Inn stand out is the delicious Japanese kaiseki cuisine served…

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