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Itsukushima Shrine on Miyajima is one of Japan's most iconic shrines and sights. The vermillion floating torii and shrine (at high tide) are part of Japan's Scenic Trio.Gateway to Miyajima is Miyajimaguchi Station, about 30 min. from Hiroshima Station.
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Miyajimaguchi Station
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Miyajimaguchi Station's exit for Japan Railpass holders.
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From Miyajimaguchi Station, a short walk to the Miyajimaguchi Sanbashi ferry port.
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Miyajimaguchi Sanbashi ferry port.
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Ferry for Miyajima at Miyajimaguchi Sanbashi ferry port.
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Miyajima island. The ferry ride is only about 10 min.
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One of Japan's Scenic Trio (Nihon Sankei), the famous torii with Miyajima island in the background.
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Approaching Miyajima Sambashi Port.
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Across the water.
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Ferry arrives at Miyajima Sanbashi Port.
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Waterfront path to Itsukushima Shrine.
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Approaching the famous floating torii. A short walk from the port.
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Entering the shrine grounds.
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Koma-inu
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Main torii of Itsukushima Shrine and perhaps Japan's most famous and iconic torii.
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Before visiting Miyajima, you should check the tide times. Best to go during high tide.
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Another Miyajima symbol is the deer.
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Torii and deer on Miyajima.
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Local photographer is kept busy.
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The deer are trained to pose with tourist groups. They know that there will be a reward.
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Shrine worshippers also arrive by boat like they did in the old days before modern ferry service.
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Hiroshige's woodblock print of Itsukushima Shrine's fall festival from his "Famous Views of the 60 Provinces" series.
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Torii and pine tree at Miyajima.
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I visited Itsukushima at high tide in the morning so the shrine was floating.
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Itsukushima Shrine at high tide.
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Tahoto Pagoda
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Sacred Horse (fake)
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Entrance to the shrine buildings.
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Admission charged.
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Itsukushima is dedicated to the three daughters of Susano-o no Mikoto, Shinto god of seas and storms, and brother of the sun goddess Amaterasu.
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Main shrine of Itsukushima.
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At high tide, I have to declare that Itsukushima Shrine is one of Japan's most photogenic buildings.
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Five-story Pagoda on land overlooks the floating shrine.
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At low tide.
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Itsukushima shrine
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At low tide.
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Some construction here in Sept. 2015.
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Long line of tourists waiting to take a picture at the end of the boardwalk.
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Renovating the floor maybe.
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Noh stage at Itsukushima shrine.
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Noh stage at Itsukushima shrine.
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Noh stage at Itsukushima shrine does not have much room for an audience.
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Bridge at Itsukushima (closed).
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Fish spotting at high tide.
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The exit.
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Gate to Daiganji temple.
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Daiganji temple belongs to the Shingon Buddhist Sect. Dedicated to the goddess Benzaiten and one of the three most famous Benzaiten temples.
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Chanting priests.
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Steps to the Tahoto Pagoda.
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Tahoto Pagoda on Miyajima.
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Tahoto Pagoda on Miyajima.
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Tahoto Pagoda on Miyajima.
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View from Tahoto Pagoda on Miyajima.
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View from Tahoto Pagoda on Miyajima.
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Itsukushima shrine as seen from Tahoto Pagoda on Miyajima.
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Walking back.
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Lots of souvenir shops along the way.
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Maple leaf-shaped ice cream.
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Tide was starting to recede.
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Five-story Pagoda on Miyajima.
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Near the entrance to Itsukushima Shrine is Omotesando shopping street for Miyajima eats and souvenirs.
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Maple leaf-shaped azuki bean buns aka Momiji Manju is Miyajima's most famous confection.
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Maple leaf-shaped azuki bean buns
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Rice scoopers are also big on Miyajima.
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Miyajima's Oshakushi giant rice scoop. Made in 1983. 大杓子
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Hiroshima is famous for oysters.
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Miniature Torii
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View of Seto Inland Sea from Miyajima island's Mt. Misen.
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View from Miyajima island's Mt. Misen.
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Miyajima Sanbashi Port building
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Miyajima Sanbashi Port building
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Inside Miyajima Sanbashi Port building
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Our ferry at Miyajima Port back to the mainland. The ferry is timed conveniently with trains at Miyajimaguchi Station.
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Leaving Miyajima
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Arrived back at Miyajimaguchi Port.
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Manhole in Hatsukaichi, Hiroshima
 
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