Miyajima is one of the most beautiful places we have visited since leaving Hakone. It lies just a ferry ride from Hiroshima’s Hiroden-Miyajima-guchi. There are lots of deer walking freely between tourists and local people. They almost seem domesticated in the sense that they don’t fear people but they go where they want to. They also don’t mind people touching them however for the unwary they may walk up to you and nibble on your shirt (like they did to Jose!)

You can read Jose’s thoughts on today here.

A kid petting one of the many wild but peaceful deer on the island
A kid petting one of the many wild but peaceful deer on the island

We were out exploring for around ten hours walking through the shopping areas, along the beach, up stairs to the various temples across nature trails and finally up the mountain using the ropeway. By the time we got to the top I was exhausted.

cherry blossom next to a pagoda
We finally saw cherry blossoms!

Daisho-in Temple

Daisho-in is not just one building but several buildings serving various purposes. It is also within the world heritage area that covers the mount mizen and Ikutsushima shrine.

cherry-blossoms-in-a-courtyard
This has to be one of the most beautiful courtyards. I would love one!
view to the ocean from Daisho-in, miyajima
view to the ocean from Daisho-in

Shishiiwa Station is at the top of mount Misen and despite being so high I didn’t feel worried at all.

Shishiwa Ropeway Station
Shishiiwa Ropeway Station

Whilst I have tonnes more to say, we’ll be leaving for Kyoto in the next 2 hours so time to start packing once more! I’ll try and update this a bit more later. For now here is one of the night shots for you to enjoy.

Not bad without a tripod and considering it was pitch black!
Not bad without a tripod and considering it was pitch black!