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21 thoughts on “Miyajima: On the Island of the Sea Goddesses”

  1. Wonderful place. I really need to visit Japan, I’ve been dreaming of it for years! Miyajima is definitely on the list. Thank you for sharing all those pictures, they’re amazing!

    1. It’s truly amazing! Definitely worth waiting 🙂 The temple itself is also beautiful. I wish I could see it floating over water.

  2. Amazing photos, Len! Itsukushima Shrine’s vermilion corridor looks very welcoming and photogenic at the same time, and the Great Torii so majestic. My favorite shot is the one with the sun shining through that grand gate that separates our world with that of the spirit. Looks like the weather was perfect when you were there, and judging from your photos it seems that during your visit there were not too many tourists.

    1. Actually, there was a huge crowd viewing the sunset. But most of them gathered directly in front of the gate 🙂 I know that I cannot compete with them, so I stopped somewhere near the temple’s entrance.
      The island is at most busiest at noon, but after the ceremonial dance the crowd get significantly thinner.

  3. This is the first time I am hearing about Miyajima and it definitely seems worth visiting, Len! That sunset view is breathtaking and I would love to enjoy it one day. How many days would you recommend staying there?

    1. Personally, I think one day would be enough to see all the main attractions on Miyajima. You can stay in Hiroshima, and make a day trip to the island as it takes less than one hour 🙂

  4. Every place in Japan, I fell that is surrounded by some sort of mystery and sacred vibe and somehow peaceful feelings. This looks such a relaxing place to meditate and relax.
    Japan is so high on my travel list and I hope to make this trip happen soon enough.
    Ego Diary

    1. Thank you, Julia! I totally agree with you that all those shrines and temples are seemingly surrounded by a mystical aura. You can feel it but it’s nearly impossible to explain or describe this sort of thing 🙂

  5. Very cool you also have the post in Vietnamese. Also the time I visited, I had on specific feet follow me around, I didn’t feed it, but when I went into a large crowd it managed to follow me. The deer was able to recognize me and latch directly onto me which was sort of no issue, but this one was partially blind (a white eye), so I was impressed…. I need to find the video of it.

    1. Perhaps, it could smell something. Maybe you had its favourite snacks. I remember that they like to eat maps (or papers in general) 🙂

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