Top Choice Shinto Shrine in Miyajima


With origins from as far back as the late 6th century, Itsukushima-jinja gives Miyajima its real name.The shrine's pier-like construction is a result of the island's sacred status: commoners were not allowed to set …
Top Choice Buddhist Temple in Miyajima


Just south of town at the foot of Misen, Daishō-in is a worthwhile stopping point on the way up or down the mountain. This Shingon temple is crowded with interesting things to look at: from Buddhist images and praye…
Pavilion in Miyajima


Dominating the hill immediately to the north of Itsukushima-jinja is this huge pavilion built in 1587 by Toyotomi Hideyoshi. The atmospheric hall is constructed with massive pillars and beams, and the ceiling is hun…
Buddhist Temple in Miyajima


Miyajima has several important Buddhist temples, including the 1201 Daigan-ji, just south of Itsukushima-jinja, which dates back to the Heian period and is dedicated to Benzaiten, the Japanese name for Saraswati (th…
Museum in Miyajima

Miyajima History & Folklore Museum

Set in a fine garden, this museum combines a 19th-century merchant house with exhibitions on trade in the Edo period, as well as displays connected with the island.
Aquarium in Miyajima

Miyajima Public Aquarium

Miyajima's aquarium houses the usual sealife suspects, including seals and penguins, as well as interactive displays. There are also dolphins kept captive here – something animal welfare groups suggest causes harm t…
Pagoda in Miyajima


South of Itsukushima-jinja, stone steps (before the History & Folklore Museum) lead up from the road to this picturesque pagoda. There's a pleasant, short path looping around from here and back down to the road.
Stage in Miyajima

Floating Nō Stage

On one side of Itsukushima-jinja is a floating nō stage, built by local lord Asano Tsunanaga in 1680 and still used for nō (stylised dance-drama) performances in Miyajima every year from 16 to 18 April.
Shrine Gate in Miyajima

Floating Torii

This 16m-tall vermilion torii (shrine gate) is a symbol of Miyajima, standing out in the bay and serving as the watery entrance to World Heritage shrine Itsukushima-jinja. At high tide, the torii appears to float on…
Park in Miyajima


Momiji means 'maple', and their leaves come alive in autumn here in this pretty park along the river. It's at the foot of Misen, close to the ropeway station.