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Top Choice Shinto Shrine in Miyajima

Itsukushima-jinja

With origins as far back as the late 6th century, Itsukushima-jinja gives Miyajima its real name. The shrine's unique and attractive pier-like construction is a result of the island's sacred status: commoners were n…
Top Choice 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…
Top Choice Buddhist Temple in Miyajima

Daishō-in

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…
Top Choice Seafood in Miyajima

Fujitaya

Discerning visitors queue at this small restaurant in a traditional house and garden to get their hands on Miyajima's signature dish, anago meshi (eel on rice), the only thing on the menu here. The large bowls of su…
Top Choice Izakaya in Miyajima

Mame-tanuki

By day at Mame-tanuki there are lunch sets, such as the tasty anago meshi (steamed conger eel with rice) and fried oysters; at night it is one of the few places open late, serving drinks and izakaya-style small dish…
Top Choice Cafe in Miyajima

Cafe Lente

This comfortable cafe boasts excellent views of the torii and sea. Open and airy, it serves handsome-looking lunches, such as Japanese chicken curry and vegan risotto, to go with the quietly stylish decor. Organic c…
Fireworks in Miyajima

Miyajima Water Fireworks Festival

During Miyajima's most popular event, spectacular and imaginative fireworks are launched over the water, at a safe distance from the Floating Torii but still creating a one-of-a-kind visual. Come early and be prepar…
Religious in Miyajima

Kangen-sai

This Shintō ritual sees decorated wooden boats float by to the sound of traditional drums and flutes. It's held in summer, starting early evening on the 17th of the sixth lunar-calendar month (late July/early August…
Seafood in Miyajima

Yakigaki-no-hayashi

The oysters in the tank and on the barbecue outside are what everyone is eating here. Try a plate of nama-gaki (raw oysters) or kaki-furai (crumbed, fried oysters), or go for oysters on udon noodles. It's not all ab…
Cafe in Miyajima

Sarasvati

The aroma of roasting coffee beans lures people into this cafe inside a former storehouse dating from the early 1900s. Bare wooden floors and tables match a simple menu of coffees (from ¥500; including espresso, lat…