Although a World Heritage site visited by numerous people who come to pray at Itsukushima Shrine, this time we will be introducing a hotel that allows visitors to enjoy Miyajima sightseeing even more.
We recommend the accommodation plan that includes a night cruise.
You head out to sea on a pleasure boat (with a roof) with the aim of seeing the lit up Itsukushima Shrine and the large torii gate!
Within minutes we reach the massive torii gate standing in the sea.
The ambience surrounding the beautifully lit up gate has a divine ambience different to that of the daytime.
If it’s high tide, the boat passes through the gate and heads towards the main building of Itsukushima Shrine (seen in the background).
The roughly 30-minute cruise offers numerous chances to take good photographs!
Back at the Miyarikyu hotel, a stage performance of Miyajima Rikyu Taiko drums is held at 20.30.
The powerful sound of the enormous 1.4-meter Japanese taiko drum has a huge impact, and the drum-work fast enough to almost escape the eye is a must-see.
During the latter half of the show, the floor lights are turned off and a performance with demon masks and drums sticks faintly glowing in total darkness begins.
With superb colors, the entire spectacle is magical. This must be what they mean by being captivated by something!
Moving on, the wonderful kaiseki cuisine (a set of several delicate Japanese dishes) created using local Miyajima seasonal ingredients is another huge attraction of the trip.
While in summer fatty conger eel is on offer, during winter you can taste treats focused around Hiroshima’s famed oysters.
Itsukushima Shrine and the huge torii gate.
It almost feels as if you are monopolizing one of Japan’s 3 great views!
Do come and enjoy beautiful Miyajima and stay at Hotel Miyarikyu!
Hotel Miyarikyu, accommodation selected by the gods!
Location: 849 Miyajima-cho, Hatsukaichi city, Hiroshima prefecture
Parking: Unavailable (Access by ferry)
HP: http://www.miyarikyu.com/ (Japanese)
Setouchi Finder Photo-writer: Daisuke Chiba
Daisuke Chiba / Photo-writer I was born in 1985 in Miyoshi City, Tokushima Prefecture, and now live in Tokushima City. After graduating university, I worked at a publishing company as an editor for various mooks, and in April 2014 I went freelance. I work as a photographer, copy-writer and editor, but also do product development and other stuff as well. If anyone needs me, I can do anything! Except, in spite of my being from Tokushima, dancing - I’m really bad at dancing Awa Odori!
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