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Miyajima Island


After the museum we caught a local train to a small ferry that would take us to Miyajima, a small island in Hiroshima Bay known for its lush forests and ancient temples.

Just offshore is the giant, orange Great Torii Gate which is partially submerged at high tide. It marks the entrance to the Itsukushima Shrine. By this point we were a little “shrined out” so we skipped it. We did discover that this place also has friendly deer like Nara that we’re looking to be fed by tourists.  They say when the tide comes in, it looks like the whole area is floating.  It stands 16 metres high and the roof is 24 metres long.  The wooden pillars made of camphor wood are 10 metres in circumference. There has been a gate has been in place since 1168, however the current gate has only been here since 1875.  I believe they mentioned that this is the 8th gate.

As you can see by the last photo, I found a famous karate master posing for photos in front of the gate.

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