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.
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