Getting to our destination on Day 4 of our Trip to Japan took several modes of transportation, but that didn’t stop us. In order to get to Miyajima Island from Hiroshima we had to take a street car to a train and then catch a quick 10 minute ferry ride. Luckily, we made all the connections without waiting too long so the full commute took us less than an hour which wasn’t bad at all.
Miyajima is a walkable island with a good amount of sites to see in close proximity to each other. We picked a very hot and humid day for our visit. Kim, Lucas and I really liked the island and are glad we added it to our itinerary.
Here are some of the things we did:
- Photos with the island’s four-legged residents
- The Floating Torii and Itsukushima Shrine
- Tasting a new sea creature for lunch
- Ropeway (cablecar) ride up to the observatory on Mt. Misen
- Quick stop for photos at Goju-no Tou, 5 story pagoda
|One of the tame deer|
I was looking forward to our visit to Miyajima when I heard there were tame deer around the island. When we got through the ferry building, the first thing we saw were some deer hanging around. Most of them were sitting and relaxing while a few others walked around looking for food from tourists. My first impression were that these tame deer were really lame deer.
Later on we saw a large tour group taking a photo. There was a bunch of deer joining in, probably hoping for some handouts. When the photo-op was done I decided to walk by to check out the deer. This time Lucas’ stroller came under attack. One of the deer decided to eat a Singapore Airlines gate check tag hanging off the stroller as a snack!
I actually expected to see a lot more deer than we did while wandering around Miyajima. Either way, they were fun to see and made things more interesting while walking around.
|Floating Torii Gate|
|Eel aka Unagi|
We were planning to go to the top of Mt. Misen for views of the island but it was an extremely hot day out and not the best idea while traveling with a toddler. We took the ropeway (cable car) to a lookout and walked around a little before heading back down. Lucas liked the ride on the ropeway and the views were pretty good. I’m guessing that they are much better from the top of the mountain. The ropeway was a bit pricey and I’m not sure that it is worth the time or money unless you plan to go to the top of the mountain.
We did a quick visit to see the five story pagoda, Goju-no Tu. There wasn’t much too see here but I love the look of these pagodas so I felt it was worth adding and stopping to see while on Miyajima Island.
If you haven’t done so already, check out posts about the first 3 days of our trip: