宮島Nagoya, Spring 2009



We took a ferry to the small island of Miyajima, less than an hour outside the city of Hiroshima. Miyajima is designated as one of Japan’s three most scenic places and out of those three, most people consider it the best. The picturesque island is most famous for its giant torii gate, which at high tide seems to float on top of the water. At low tide, you can walk right under the torii or dig for clams as many Miyajima villagers do. Miyajima has a long history as a sacred site of Shinto. In addition to the many Shinto temples, the island’s highest peak, Mount Misen, has been worshiped as early as the 6th century. After a long hike up to the top of Mount Misen, we were rewarded with a breath-taking view, monkeys, and overly aggressive deer trying to eat our oh so precious ice cream.

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