This Island is truly magical. The state of serenity, colours of the sea, whiff of fresh cold air and the atmosphere all around was phenomenal. It was just a day trip from Hiroshima to Miyajima Island. We took a ferry over at the Peace Memorial Park which took us about 45 minutes to this magical island. I suggest reaching the island by 11am so that you’ll have sufficient time to spend there as most of their last ferries leave the island by 5/6pm.
When you arrive, the number of deer’s you come across would start increasing as you walk around but don’t worry! They’re all mostly harmless but pretty greedy! When they see someone with food in their hand, they tend to follow you closely.
Whilst leisurely walking towards the Itsukushima shrine, I did a pit stop at Starbucks as brother lim was in need of a cuppa. The Starbucks was surprisingly very chic, filled with paintings and huge windows. We ended up staying for awhile, got a spot near the window, overlooking the vast sea and sipped on our hot drinks.
We then headed towards the Miyajima Ropeway where we sat on two different ropeways to get to the observatory area. Throughout your journey on the ropeways, you’ll be surrounded by vast nature, crisp air and solid views. The cabins are very rustic looking and everything around is very untouched.
We were so hungry after all the walking and exploring so we went to this restaurant named Yakigaki-no-Hayashi near the area with all the main shops. You’ll see their staff grilling the succulent and fresh oysters right outside the restaurant. The restaurant was pretty busy despite it being 2pm+ but we managed to get some good seats at the far back of the dining area. A must order would be their fresh and grilled oysters, enormous and fresh! If you enjoy fried foods then get the fried oysters. I’m not a huge fan of friend foods but their batter isn’t too thick nor greasy so it was not as bad I guess haha.
We then walked back to the Itsukushima shrine but did not go into the main temple as the tide was low so hanging around outside was good enough for us. There are many good photo spots facing the shrine so it’s honestly alright to give the entrance fee into the shrine a miss! There are also very quaint and quirky stores around the island. I suggest getting all your barang barang (aka things you want to buy) just an hour or two before leaving the island so you don’t have to carry any excessive things around. My family bought tons of traditional goodies from their famous maple leaf shaped sponge cakes, red bean cakes, oyster crackers and dried foods. Well brother lim and I on the other hand were stuck in this vintage looking shop that sold really cool stickers, badges, accessories and clothes.
It was a bittersweet feeling leaving Miyajima Island… I honestly cannot wait to return! I highly recommended taking the ferry down to this untouched, historic and magnificent island. It’ll definitely be a day to remember!