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Miyajima Island (Itsukushima)
Miyajima Island (Itsukushima)

Miyajima Island (Itsukushima)

Miyajima Island, Japan

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.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Hiroshima

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We didn't realize that the island...
ko.so, Nov 2017
Private Miyajima Rickshaw Tour Including Itsukushima Shrine
We didn't realize that the island was so far from the train station! But well worth the travel time. Our driver Ryomo was fantastic. We did 45 minutes on the rickshaw and then wandered around ourselves....some lovely shopping here.
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The guides are so enthusiastic and...
Diana M, Jul 2016
Private Miyajima Rickshaw Tour Including Itsukushima Shrine
The guides are so enthusiastic and fun throughout the hour long trip. We saw more than we would have without using the rickshaws. They guided us through the nearby shrine at the beginning, up a hill to a beautiful garden ending at the market. I highly recommend.
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We found this tour amazing. The guide...
Ian, Mar 2018
Private Miyajima Rickshaw Tour Including Itsukushima Shrine
We found this tour amazing. The guide new english and his manner was very pleasant.
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This was the most fun I've had in...
Cherryl J, Jul 2016
Private Miyajima Rickshaw Tour Including Itsukushima Shrine
This was the most fun I've had in the whole trip, although at first I felt a little out of my comfort zone being pulled along, I warmed to the idea of sitting like Madam Muck, and imagined what it must have been like in the past when this mode of transport was the norm. A lovely peaceful way to see the main part of the island and 5pm was a great time as most of the hoards of people had gone, Mayo my guide was informative and funny, I loved how well his leg breaks worked going down hills LOL!!
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I am posting this review almost an...
MDW, Apr 2017
Private Miyajima Rickshaw Tour Including Itsukushima Shrine
I am posting this review almost an year later. To the tour/rickshaw guide my apologies. It was one of the highlights of our visit to Japan. One could not have seen Miyajima better in a short time like that. The Island would be lovely to spend a day and walk around, we did not have the time to do so. The temples, countryside the cable car ride and cuisine were great. The only landmass that survived the atomic bomb is very evident looking at the surrounding. We took a boat ride from opposite the memorial park. A 40 min ride to the island and probably the easiest way to get there.

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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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