Miyajima, a Gem of a Place close to Hiroshima

On the ferry to Itsukushima, Japan. All photos by © Michaël Van Broekhoven, 2013

On the ferry to Itsukushima, Japan.
All photos by © Michaël Van Broekhoven, 2013

JAPAN VISIT 2013 (See also previous and future blogposts)

On the magical island of Itsukushima (厳島) in the western part of the Inland Sea of Japan, located in the northwest of Hiroshima Bay, lies Miyajima (宮島), the Shrine Island.

Sourced from Wikipedia:

“The island is one of Hayashi Razan’s Three Views of Japan. Itsukushima is famous for the Itsukushima Shrine, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. According to records, the shrine was established in the time of Empress Suiko. The warrior-courtier Taira no Kiyomori gave the shrine its present form.  In 1555, Mōri Motonari defeated Sue Harukata at the Battle of MiyajimaToyotomi Hideyoshi built a large building, the Senjō-kaku, on a hill above the shrine.

This sea is affected by strong tides. At low tide, the bottom of the sea is exposed past the island’s torii.  At high tide, the sea covers all the previously exposed mud and fills areas underneath the shrine.

Itsukushima is mountainous and sparsely settled. It is rural and mountainous, with a population of only about 2000 in small towns with simple houses and privately owned shops. The islanders work hard to preserve the forests and respect nature.”

An afternoon is not enough.  Next time I’d love to stay a couple days on this remarkable island.  Lots could be said about each image, the historical and spiritual significance of each temple, but I prefer to spent my time exploring more, rather than writing what can be found elsewhere already anyhow.   Perhaps you can get a bit of a sense from these photos.

Couple photos from my visit to Miyajima:

Photo by © Michaël Van Broekhoven, 2013

Photo by © Michaël Van Broekhoven, 2013@ Miyajima Photo by © Michaël Van Broekhoven, 2013@ Miyajima – Photo by © Michaël Van Broekhoven, 2013

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@ Miyajima – Photo by © Michaël Van Broekhoven, 2013

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@ Miyajima – Photo by © Michaël Van Broekhoven, 2013

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@ Miyajima – Photo by © Michaël Van Broekhoven, 2013

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@ Miyajima – Photo by © Michaël Van Broekhoven, 2013

Time for a break.  I had some very delicious hot chestnuts:

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@ Miyajima – Photo by © Michaël Van Broekhoven, 2013

Lots of nice shops with artwork, textiles, wood carvings, etc. as well:

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@ Miyajima – Photo by © Michaël Van Broekhoven, 2013

Perfect season to be in Japan!  Some photos from my walk through the nearby park:

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@ Miyajima – Photo by © Michaël Van Broekhoven, 2013

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Japanese girl taking photos of carp fish with her iPad for kids.
@ Miyajima – Photo by © Michaël Van Broekhoven, 2013

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It’s a beautiful island.
@ Miyajima – Photo by © Michaël Van Broekhoven, 2013

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A nice old gate on the way to some impressive Vajrayana (esoteric Buddhism) Temples, where photography was not allowed. @ Miyajima – Photo by © Michaël Van Broekhoven, 2013

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Not shown: thousands of tourists from all over the world. For an extra fee you can go through it on a boat. (I didn’t do that).  All photos by © Michaël Van Broekhoven, 2013.  All Rights Reserved.

A truly amazing magical place.  Highly recommend it!!!

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