Photo essay: Day trip to Miyajima

Miyajima, also known as Itsukushima, is one of Japan’s most popular and iconic tourist destinations.

It’s located in Hiroshima Prefecture and is accessible by ferry. When you step off the boat, you really do feel you are on sacred ground, 11.73 square miles to be exact. Did you know historically, regular folk were not allowed to set foot on the island?

To maintain the island’s purity, since 1878, no one is allowed to be born or buried on the island. Pregnant mothers must deliver on the mainland and the dead must find rest elsewhere. Even the 6th-century Itsukushima Jinja is not built on the land but on raised, pier-like structures over the blue-green sea.

Miyajima is one of the three best views in Japan: the immense vermilion torii (shrine gate or entrance) floating on the Seto inland sea.
Itsukushima shrine
When we visited, we encountered a lovely Japanese wedding at Itsukushima Shrine. Can you think of a more beautiful venue for your special day?
For lovers of anything kawaii, brown nosed, bright-eyed Sika deer or nihonjika roam the island freely. Considered messengers of the Shinto gods, they can be found everywhere: sitting or sleeping under trees, their spotted coats camouflaged by the hillside’s brown-green foliage.
Miyajima is also great for hiking. Mount Misen (535 meters) is filled with deer, forest, pagodas, and temples. It’s stunning in spring and fall. Pictured are cherry blossom buds not yet open.

Photos: © Live Lyfe Photography 

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20 thoughts on “Photo essay: Day trip to Miyajima

  1. From what I could see in your pictures, it looks like a lovely place to visit. I think it’s also really interesting that women can’t give birth in Miyajima. I get the whole dying thing, but giving birth? I mean, sometimes you don’t have a lot of time between the “uh-oh” moment and a baby. I guess as long as they prepare…?

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  2. Miyajima looks like a very interesting place. Its always great to learn about different history and culture. I will definitely visit Miyajima when I visit Japan sometime soon. Thanks for sharing.

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  3. Never heard of Miyajama before reading your post. It looks like a beautiful, pious and cultural town. Very surprising to know that birth n death are not allowed here. Thanks for sharing !

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  4. Your photos are gorgeous! How crazy that you can’t give birth or be buried there?! What if a woman goes into premature labour and doesn’t make it off the island in time?! I suppose there’ll be a lot of pressure on them to get on a boat just in time.

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