Miyajima

As a part of a trip to Japan I made with some friends in 2012, we visited and stayed over night on the sacred island of Miyajima.

The island is touted as one of the most scenic spots in Japan, has long been regarded as an Island of Gods on the beautiful Seto Inland Sea. It is a romantic and historical island where Itsukushima Shrine, a World Heritage site, is located, along with the Virgin Forest of Mt. Misen, and numerous preserved shrines, temples and historical monuments.

The name Miyajima and Itsukushima these days are synonymous with one another, but the island itself is actually called Itsukushima. Famous for the Itsukushima Shrine, and it’s ‘floating’ torii gate. It’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site. According to records, the shrine was established in the time of Empress Suiko. The warrior-courtier Taira no Kiyomori gave the shrine its present form.