Miyajima & Itsukushima Shrine

4.5 hours | Hiroshima | H I J - 2 1 0
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  • Itsukushima Shrine
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Description

Be sure to read the Special Notes further down this page for important requirements and restriction.

Delight in the sights of one of Japan's most breathtaking sights. Known as one of the three most scenic places in Japan since the 17th century, Miyajima is a beautiful island in the Inland Sea. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Miyajima has a 1,400-year-old history as a holy site of Shinto, an ancient Japanese religion that means "way of the gods." And beginning in the 6th century, it was believed that the gods lived on the island's highest peak, Mt. Misen.

Your four-and-a-half excursion begins as you board your motorcoach and travel to Miyajimaguchi where you'll board the ferry that will take you to the island.

When you arrive on the island, it's a short walk to the stunning Itsukushima Shrine. As you approach this awesome site you'll notice that the shrine is located in a small inlet. Dedicated to the Shinto deities of seas, storms and sun, the shrine was built like a pier over the water giving the illusion that it's floating above the water. Dating back to 593 A.D., the pavilion was expanded in the 12th century by Taira no Kiyomori, a warlord who selected the island as the site of his family's shrine. Its architectural style is known as "shinden-zukuri," which was developed for palatial or aristocratic mansions during the Heian Period of the 8th and 12th centuries. The vermilion-painted main building is surrounded by an array of covered corridors and bridges.

Set out in the Seto Inland Sea in front of the shrine is the striking red torii. This traditional Japanese gate rises 52 feet above the water; its columns are made of camphor and measure 32 feet in diameter with support pillars buried deep in the seabed.

After your tour, you'll have some free time to explore the island on your own including the Omotesando Street - a popular shopping area. Your excursion ends with a trip back on the ferry to Miyajimaguchi where you'll reboard your motorcoach for the trip back to your ship.

Special Notes:

Visiting Itsukushima Shrine requires negotiating some steps and uneven surfaces. Not recommended for passengers with limited mobility. Wear comfortable walking shoes; your shrine visit includes a two-hour walking tour.

Child Price:

12 years & under only

Tour timeline may vary to avoid overcrowding, etc.

Depart from ship to ferry to Miyajima Island

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Transport Capacity:
40
Travel time:
00:50
Time at site:
00:10
Free time at site:
10
Inside visit:
No
Air conditioned:
Yes
Wheelchair accessible:
No
Restroom available:
No
Shopping available:
No
Photo/video restrictions:
No
Photo/video opportunity:
No

Ferry to Miyajima Island and Itsukushima Shrine

Transport type:
Motorized Vessel
Transport Capacity:
40
Travel time:
00:10
Time at site:
02:10
Free time at site:
30
Inside visit:
Yes
Air conditioned:
No
Walking distance:
600
Steps:
20
Wheelchair accessible:
Yes
Restroom available:
Yes
Shopping available:
Yes
Photo/video restrictions:
No
Photo/video opportunity:
Yes

Ferry ride back to Miyajimaguchi

Transport type:
Motorized Vessel
Transport Capacity:
40
Travel time:
00:10
Time at site:
00:10
Free time at site:
10
Inside visit:
Yes
Air conditioned:
Yes
Walking distance:
100
Steps:
10
Wheelchair accessible:
Yes
Restroom available:
Yes
Shopping available:
Yes
Photo/video restrictions:
No
Photo/video opportunity:
Yes

Re-board your motorcoach and return to your ship

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Transport Capacity:
40
Travel time:
01:00
Air conditioned:
Yes
Walking distance:
0
Steps:
5
Wheelchair accessible:
No
Restroom available:
No
Shopping available:
No
Photo/video opportunity:
No