The Colours of Japan – Spring in Miyajima

After much deliberation, I finally decided on the format of how to release the albums shot in Japan over the last few months. This will be different to the rest of the posts on this website, as I will try to post albums about different regions during different seasons as a series labelled ‘The Colours of Japan’. Hoping that this series will do justice to a beautiful island nation of great contradictions that clings on to its past as much as it looks to its future. Of course, this series could not have been possible without the help of the kind people I met along the way. To you all, thank you.

 

Miyajima – Spring

 

Miyajima or Itsukushima is a beautiful island in the Hiroshima Bay. Miyajima’s proximity to Hiroshima makes it the ideal day trip destination. This must be a mandatory stop when visiting Japan even if just for one time. The peacefulness, beauty and serenity that this island has is second to none. Welcomed by the floating torii gate and the relaxing deer upon arrival is but a prelude to what’s to come next. The town itself isn’t too big and has some wonderful food options. Don’t miss out on the oysters and conger eels.

There are a few ways to explore the island and you’ll find that three hiking trails to be the easiest way to do so. For those adventurous souls, they may like to try the Momijidani and Omoto trails to wander off through the vast forest. For an easier viewing of the Seto Sea, one might just want to stick to hike the Daisho-in trail with its easy and flat incline. All three trails lead up to the highest peak of the island; Mount Misen. Alternatively, you may always stick with the Miyajima Ropeway (Hatsukaichi) if you are not a fan of hiking.

The star attraction on Miyajima is, of course, the Itsukushima Shrine which is a UNESCO site and considered one of the most beautiful locations in Japan. While you’ll find everything you might expect of a beautiful shrine, the walk to the gate is one that you might want to take if you can. The true magic of this location happens around sunset as the tide starts to rise. The torii gate will then appear as if it’s floating on water and that is a scene not to be missed. This probably is the culmination of both peacefulness and beauty of this island.

 

 

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