Miyajima Island, Tokyo Destination Photographer
Miyajima in Sakura Season
5 Reasons to See Miyajima
Just a short ferry ride away from Hiroshima is the old world island of Miyajima. Free of the modernization you see in Tokyo and Hiroshima, Miyajima channels more of a Nara vibe, complete with friendly deer!
We visited Miyajima during cherry blossom season, and I must say, it’s gotta be the best time of year to do it. The temperature was just right and the blossoms made everything more beautiful. I am so hopeful that our return to Japan includes a trip back to Miyajima!
1- The Floating Torii Gate– Technically called Itsukushima Shrine, it’s actually a Torii Gate AND a whole shrine. It’s a popular wedding and tourist spot. During high tide the shrine and gate appear to be floating as the water completely fills the spaces under and around them. In low tide, you can walk all the way out to the gate, even under it! Plan to spend a decent part of your day here so you can see it both ways.
2- The Delicious Food- While I wasn’t able to snap photos during meals (thanks to traveling with a 1 and 4 year old) I can tell you it was some of the best Soba noodles I’ve ever had. If you haven’t tried soba on a hot day you’re missing out. The tempura was also yummy and they have really cool varieties of Kit-Kats!
3- The Five Story Pagoda– This iconic pagoda style is even more beautiful in Miyajima because it’s not competing with modern architecture. It was built in the 1400’s, restored in the 1500’s and is a gorgeous example of this type of Japanese architecture. Surrounded by cherry blossoms, it’s a sight to behold for sure.
4- If you love tradition, this is the place for you. Instead of modern Harajuku fashion, here you’ll find women in traditional yukatas and Tsubo-syozoku! You can even rent the traditional wear for yourself! I am absolutely doing this next time!
5- You can’t take a bad photo of this gorgeous island. Even though some of the images below are cell phone snaps, and they are ALL before I knew how to use my camera, I think you’ll see that the islands beauty speaks for itself!
thanks for reading and I hope you find the time in your Japan travel itinerary to visit Miyajima!
Anna Kay Photography is a wedding and portrait photographer that is relocating to Japan in the summer of 2020. As a Tokyo destination photographer I am so excited to capture memories for people in my favorite places in Japan! And by the way, while you’re here be sure to check these blogs out too!