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Half Day Miyajima Highlights Tour
A half-day tour to Miyajima Island, the home of the famous floating torri gate. Here you can explore the temples and shrines in the complex and look around the rest of the island before returning to Hiroshima on the ferry.
This half-day tour of Miyajima begins when you are greeted at your hotel by your tour guide, to head to the sacred island in the Hiroshima bay. After a short ferry ride from the mainland, you will reach the island, located in the Inland sea. Charming Miyajima has been a holy place of Shintoism since the beginning of Japan’s antiquity and as a result, it is drenched in fascinating history, culture and religion.
Miyajima is home to Japan’s most photographed site, the floating torri gate, which also comes under Japan’s ‘3 most beautiful views’. The surrounding shrine complex dates back to the 12th century and the present torri gate itself dates back to the 6th century. The wonderfully arranged buildings display harmonious aesthetic and technical skill and have therefore been designated an UNESCO World Heritage Site. In ancient times, people that were not Shinto priests were not allowed to set foot on the island and even today, it is against the law to give birth or die on Miyajima. The tour allows you time to explore the many shrines and temples in the area and sample local delights, such as maple leaf cakes, before heading back to Hiroshima on the ferry.
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