About Hiroshima

Miyajima Area

Itsukushima (commonly known as Miyajima) is a small island in Hiroshima Bay in western Japan, known for its forests and ancient shrines and temples. At low tide, you can walk across to the magnificent vermillion torii gate that stands offshore. This torii gate is the entrance to Itsukushima Shrine and was first erected around the 12th century. Nearby is the Miyajima History and Folklore Museum, which is a renovated 19th-century merchant’s main building and storehouse, and exhibits cultural heritage.

Miyajima (Itsukushima)

Miyajima, home to the World Heritage Site Itsukushima Shrine, is about 45 minutes from Hiroshima Station, accessible by JR train and ferry. Miyajima has been worshipped as an island of the gods since ancient times, and the pristine nature of the island and the bustling tourist attractions can be seen side by side. At the Miyajima Aquarium, you can see fish and animals living in the Seto Inland Sea, including beluga whales.

Riding a rickshaw is a convenient way to explore Miyajima. From Itsukushima Shrine to Daisho-in Temple to the Miyajima Aquarium, you can tour various sightseeing spots with a guide. Some of the staff members are fluent in English, so you can tour with confidence.