- Depart from Hiroshima Station
Train 25 min Or take the streetcar
- Miyajimaguchi Station
Walk 3 min
- Miyajimaguchi Pier
Ferry 15 min
- Miyajima Pier
Stroll around Miyajima
The beautiful Itsukushima Shrine and the vermilion O-Torii gate floating in the water were built in the late Heian period on the orders of Taira no Kiyomori. With the mystical Mt. Misen in the background, all the elements of the island weave an elegant tapestry. Walk around the World Heritage Site of Itsukushima Shrine to understand why this island with its pristine nature and traditional culture has been worshipped as a god of the sea since ancient times.
Walk from Miyajima Pier 10 minn
- Itsukushima Shrine
This majestic shrine with its unique location on top of the water is the most widely recognized shrine in Japan. It took its current form in the 12th century under the orders of Taira no Kiyomori. Be sure to savor the contrast of the vermilion shrine and the green mountain in the background. This site was inscribed as a World Heritage Site in 1996.
Walk 5 min
- 'Senjokaku' Hall (the hall of one thousand tatami mats)
Created by Toyotomi Hideyoshi to pray for the souls of his fallen soldiers, the work on the boards in the ceiling and the main entrance was stopped due to the death of Hideyoshi and remain unfinished to this day. It is located on a small hill next to Itsukushima Shrine.
Walk 10 min
- Momijidani Station
There is a free bus every 20 minutes that goes to the ropeway at Momijidani Station.
Ropeway 15 min (30 min walk after leaving the ropeway).
- Mt. Misen
It is possible to view the Seto Inland Sea and the mountains of Shikoku all at once from the summit of Mt. Misen. At a height of 535 m, it is the highest point on the island. The mountain has been an object of worship since ancient times and the forests on Mt. Misen have been designated as a natural monument. Near the summit, you can find the Gumonji-do created for Buddhist training by the famed Buddhist monk Kobo Daishi, the Sankido Hall, and the Dainichido Hall. These are all surrounded with great boulders and impressive natural scenery.