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Miyajima Island (Itsukushima) Tours and Activities

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Miyajima Island (Itsukushima)
Miyajima Island (officially named Itsukushima) has been a Shinto holy place for centuries and is home to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Itsukushima Shrine, a red gate (torii) rising from the water just off Miyajima’s shores. Other ancient shrines and temples speckle the island, nestled among a thick forest of maple and cherry trees. 

The Basics
Visit Miyajima Island’s many temples, hike through the forest, and see the views from Mount Misen. You can also visit an aquarium, peruse a small history museum, and shop for souvenirs on Omote-Sando, the island’s main street. 

Most Miyajima Island day tours depart from Osaka, Kyoto, or Hiroshima. It’s also possible to visit on a multi-day tour and visit the island along with notable cities such as Okayama, Kurashiki, and Hiroshima. On Miyajima, you can explore Mount Misen on a guided walking tour or see island highlights on a rickshaw tour. Private tours are also available for a personalized experience. 

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Miyajima Island is a must-see for nature and culture lovers. 
  • A variety of restaurants and convenience stores can be found on Omoto-Sando shopping street.
  • At low tide you can actually walk out to Itsukushima Shrine and pass through it.
  • The island has public restrooms.
How to Get There
By boat, Miyajima Island can be reached from Hiroshima in less than an hour. Direct boats run from Hiroshima Peace Park and from Hiroshima Port. 
 
When to Get There
Known for its maples and broad-leafed trees, Miyajima Island is particularly picturesque in autumn. Spring is also a good time to visit, when the island’s cherry trees are in bloom. Since Miyajima is a popular day trip destination, most visitors leave by dusk. To see the island free of crowds, stay overnight in a traditional inn (ryokan).
 
Where to Hike on Mount Misen
Mount Misen sits 1,640 feet (500 meters) above sea level and has three hiking trails: the Momijidani, Daisho-in, and Omoto courses. The Daisho-in trail is the easiest and offers great views along the way. Each course leads to the summit in about two hours, and you might see deer—and even wild monkeys—along the way. On clear days, it’s possible to see Hiroshima from Misen’s peak.
Address: Miyajima Island, Hatsukaichi, Japan
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11 Tours and Activities to Experience Miyajima Island (Itsukushima)

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Hiroshima one day private walking Tour

Hiroshima one day private walking Tour

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See the highlights of Hiroshima in a personalized private walking tour. A private tour means you can customize your experience and choose your own itinerary. You’ll be picked up in a private vehicle, and your guide will accompany you so you don’t get lost. Possible Hiroshima attractions include Itsukushima Shrine, the Atomic Bomb Dome, and the Peace Memorial.
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  • 7 hours
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One-Day Miyajima, Peace Memorial Park & Hiroshima Castle Tour

One-Day Miyajima, Peace Memorial Park & Hiroshima Castle Tour

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You visit the most famous sightseeing places (Miyajima, Hiroshima Castle & Peace Memorial Park) with our licensed conductor. Please choose your favorite from 4 packages (A, B, C & D): A (Guide Only Package): English guide + WiFi router + commemorative photos. Other cost for you and guide are excluded. B (Value Package): A + Transportation + admission (Itsukushima Shrine & Peace Museum) + special indemnification against accidents (JPY 30,000,000/person equivalent to US$270,000/person at @110/$) + digest movie (available after the tour) C (Fun Package): B + Cultural experiences (Omikuji (fortune telling paper strip) at shrine + Incense Stick & Candle Services at temple + Local Sweets for a break) D (Taxi package): C + Taxi rides (Station ~ Hiroshima Castle ~ Peace Park) to eliminate your walks (total 20 min.). Good for elderly and kids. No additional payment except for your own lunch is required in Package B or higher. We are a travel company licensed by Hiroshima Governor.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Miyajima Cultural Highlights Walking Tour

Miyajima Cultural Highlights Walking Tour

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-Head to the beautiful Miyajima island and Itsukushima shrine- See the famous Torii gates and enter Itsukushima Shrine. Your friendly local guide will you tell you about their background in Miyajima and their cultural signifiance to Japan. -Learn deeper- Explore Daishoin Temple, Momijidani Park and learn about the 5 story pagoda and Senjokaku Hall. Here your friendly local guide will teach you next about Buddhism's role in Japan and this temple's significance to the island. -Get ready to chow down on some local Miyajima delicacies- To finish off your culutral highlights walking tour, your guide will introduce you to some of the local delicacies available such as delicious fresh oysters and fried momiji dumplings among other delicious sweet and savoury treats! Magical Trip is a local tour operator with the TripAdvisor certificate of excellence that offers various types of small-group tours throughout Japan! Check out our Trip Advisor Page for more tours and our reviews!
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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Miyajima Half Day Sightseeing Tour

Miyajima Half Day Sightseeing Tour

Operate using public transportation and walking tour . All of time is assist and explain about Miyajima by English speaking guide. Enjoy the Miyajima sightseeing.
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  • 5 to 6 hours
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Miyajima Sea Kayak Short Course (1 hour)

Miyajima Sea Kayak Short Course (1 hour)

The Itsukushima Shrine with its ‘floating’ torii gate is one of Japan’s most photographed landmarks and is just an hour from Hiroshima. On this tour, experience the UNESCO World Heritage site from the water on a sea kayaking excursion. Full instruction is provided, making it suitable for complete beginners and you will get plenty of opportunities for photos both at sea and from the beach.
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  • 1 hour
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Spectacular Cruise Tour Around Miyajima: Discover “God’s Island” & Lunch

Spectacular Cruise Tour Around Miyajima: Discover “God’s Island” & Lunch

The UNESCO-listed Miyajima is known as The Island of Gods and this tour is the perfect way to get a glimpse of its beauty. Swap busy crowds for the peace and tranquility of viewing the island’s highlights from a private cruise. By going on a guided tour, you’ll hear fascinating commentary along the way about the island’s history and highlights. The tour will take you to multiple Shinto shrines, some of which are only accessible by boat.
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  • 4 hours 20 minutes
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Private Day Tour of Kintaikyo Bridge and Itsukushima Shrine with a Local Guide from Hiroshima

Private Day Tour of Kintaikyo Bridge and Itsukushima Shrine with a Local Guide from Hiroshima

If you’ve got limited time in Hiroshima, ensure you tick off all of the city’s top attractions on a private full-day tour, which includes hotel pickup and drop-off. In a small group limited to six people, you’ll visit the UNESCO-listed Itsukushima Shrine on Miyajima Island, and Kintaikyo Bridge. Opt to take a ropeway to Miyajima’s highest mountain (own expense) and spend time reflecting at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park.
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  • 8 hours
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$332.61
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Private Hiroshima Custom Full-Day Tour by Chartered Vehicle

Private Hiroshima Custom Full-Day Tour by Chartered Vehicle

Explore the rich history and traditional shrines of Hiroshima during this private 8-hour tour aboard a chartered vehicle. Travel in your limo, van, or bus (depending on your group size) customizing the itinerary to your preferred choice of attractions. You might learn about the dramatic events of the city’s 1945 atomic bomb attack at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, admire the giant torii gate on Miyajima Island, or discover the UNESCO-listed Itsukushima Shrine. A driver, private vehicle, and round-trip hotel transportation are covered.
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  • 8 hours
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$995.07
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A Chauffeur Driven Tour: Hiroshima & Miyajima + Landmark Kintaikyo Bridge

A Chauffeur Driven Tour: Hiroshima & Miyajima + Landmark Kintaikyo Bridge

This is a chauffeur driven guided tour to two of the highlights of the is the region of Japan visit. You can the guide's in-depth knowledge, his interesting stories, and anecdotes along the way.
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  • 5 to 8 hours
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$622.86
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Spectacular Cruise Tour of Miyajima's West Coast: Discover “God’s Island” &Lunch

Spectacular Cruise Tour of Miyajima's West Coast: Discover “God’s Island” &Lunch

Miyajima (dubbed the island of gods) is dotted with many shrines other than Itsukushima Shrine, and among them, the seven shrines facing the sea are called the "Nanaura Shrines". On this plan, you will visit two of the seven shrines and enjoy cruising for about 40 minutes. At the end of the cruise, enjoy a delicious lunch while feeling the sea breeze at HANAIKADA. HIGHLIGHTS: Learn the history and story of Miyajima to understand more about this fascinating island. Visit shrines that can only be reached by boat. Enjoy the beautiful scenery of Miyajima from the sea! Indulge in a bento lunch using seasonal ingredients.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Cruise Tour of The Miyajima West Coast and Tea Break

Cruise Tour of The Miyajima West Coast and Tea Break

During this tour, you will visit two of the seven shrines and enjoy cruising for about 40 minutes. At the end of the cruise, enjoy a delicious tea break while feeling the sea breeze at Hanaikada. Miyajima is dotted with many shrines other than Itsukushima Shrine, and among them, the seven shrines facing the sea are called the "Nanaura Shrines".
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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