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Hiroshima | 5.5h
A Complete Guide of Miyajima for First-time Visitors!
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Everything you want to do in half a day: scenery, food, and history!


An hour away from Hiroshima city is a scenic spot, Miyajima, which is a popular sightseeing destination for visitors.
We recommend this tour for first-time visitors to Miyajima.
You will visit Itsukushima Shrine, registered as a World Cultural Heritage, and other must-see popular spots in Miyajima. A half-day tour is perfect if you are short on time.
You will also visit a hidden museum which introduces Miyajima's history and culture, and a store selling wood carvings, a traditional craft.
All the spots are recommended by otomo guides who know the area well.
Of course, you can try the locally famous oysters and specialties.
Let the otomo guide help you experience Miyajima for the first time.

Highlights


・Recommended for people who are visiting Miyajima for the first time. otomo guide will take you to popular sightseeing spots and hidden locations.
・We will visit Itsukushima Shrine which is registered as a World Culture Heritage site.
・You will learn Miyajima's history and culture including the story of Kiyomori Taira who was a samurai 900 years ago.
・You can watch the craftsmanship of the traditional art of Miyajima wood carving.
・You can try Miyajima's famous oysters while looking over the Seto Inland Sea.

Attractions


・Itsukushima Shrine: Miyajima's symbolic shrine stands in the middle of the sea and the floating torii gate is magnificent. The beautiful view from the red shrine is a masterpiece.
You will feel an undescribable wind once you enter the shrine. Let's experience the gorgeous view of the ocean and the red shrine, which is registered as a World Cultural Heritage site♪
・ Otorii: It is a powerful Otorii towering above the sea. The contrast between the blue sea, blue sky, and vermilion is the beauty of the highlight. The highlight is where you can see a completely different appearance at low tide and high tide. You never know which torii you can see until the day!
・Miyajima History and Folklore Museum: A museum that displays various cultural properties related to Miyajima's history and culture, including Kiyomori Taira who built Itsukushima Shrine. The buildings and gardens which are registered as a national tangible cultural property are also worth seeing. 
・Daishoin: Miyajima's oldest temple built more than 1200 years ago. Recently, it is a popular spot for visitors from abroad because of the divine favor found only in Miyajima! The autumn leaves are also beautiful if you decide to visit in Fall.
・KAKIWAI: Let's take a short break in the middle of the tour at this cafe where you can eat Miyajima's famous oysters.
KAKIWAI is known for having the best view in Miyajima, as such, you can enjoy looking over the blue Seto Inland Sea. 
Try the delicious oysters while looking at Miyajima's beautiful scenery♪
・Toyokuni shrine: A hidden relaxing spot which is the size of nearly 5 tennis courts! The best part is that it remains unfinished which you will see by the bare ceilings and pillars. Enjoy the unique atmosphere and the time slowly passing by.
・Miyajima Omotesando Shopping Street: Miyajima's main street, which is 350m long, leads to Itsukushima shrine.
You will find delicious confection, Momiji Manju (a bun filled with sweet red bean paste and is shaped like a maple leaf) and oysters, as well as the collection of Miyajima's traditional crafts, such as rice paddles! Let's find a gift for yourself which will remind you of Miyajima♪
・Miyajima's carving workshop "Hirokawa": Both a workshop and a store where you can observe Miyajima's traditional craft, Miyajima-Bori (wood carving).
You will find ladles with Japanese handwriting which will be a perfect gift from Miyajima. Enjoy looking at the craftsmanship that has been handed down for centuries.

Notes

・We will be taking a train or ferry to get from the meeting point to the first location.
・As there are not many places that accept electronic money, we recommend you bring Japanese cash to enjoy this tour to the fullest.
・Please wear comfortable clothing as this tour involves a lot of walking.
・We have not included any particular lunch/dinner places in this tour, but you are welcome to stop for a break and eat whenever and wherever you like.
・If any of the scheduled places are closed on the day you visit, your tour guide will take you to an alternate location.
・Please be aware that at the Miyajima History and Folklore Museum, there are certain places that cannot be accessed by wheelchairs.
・Itsukushima Shrine's Otorii is under repairs (as of September 2019). Please be aware that you may not be able to see it depending on the timing of your tour.

Expenses Not Included

The travel expense is not included in the tour fee. Please bring extra money to experience this tour to its fullest.
(Entrance fees, transportation fees, activity fees, etc. - at least about JPY1,000 /person)

Meeting Point

In front of the ticket gate of JR Miyajimaguchi Station



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