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Walking Tour of the World Heritage Miyajima

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Miyajima is an island world cultural heritage site that has been a spiritual space since ancient times. On this walking tour, a local guides you to Miyajima's highest peak, Miyama, and to Itsukushima Shrine. The tour starts at 10am at Miyajimagu
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Duration 5.5 hours
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Experience

Highlights
  • Enjoy the great view of the Seto Inland Sea from the top of Mt. Misen
  • View the grand torii over the ocean from Itsukushima Shrine
  • Photograph deer in the vicinity of Itsukushima Shrine
  • Make a pilgrimage to Daishoin, known as the "Wandering Cave"
Full description
First of all, the tour will cross to the island of Miyajima by ferry and visit Itsukushima Shrine. Itsukushima shrine is widely known for being one of the "Japan Sankyo” (Japan's three most famous scenic spots), alongside "Matsushima" in Miyagi and "Amanohashidate" in Kyoto, and is also recognized as a World Heritage Site. Miyajima is one of the tourist attractions symbolizing Japan. Stay at Itsukushima Shrine for about 30 minutes and enjoy the spectacular view of the Otorii floating in the sea from the shrine.

Next, you will visit the main shrine, Itsukushima, which is the main shrine of the Shingon sect Omuro faction, is known for its festival alongside another temple of Itsukushima Shrine, the Daishoin. The “Kukai” opened in the year 806, and there is a deep connection with the Imperial family, and also maintains a stature worthy of a visit from the Dalai Lama in 2006. There are many scenic spots such as "Oshima caves," where the Buddha statues of Shikoku eight hundred locations are lined up in the dark cave, the golden sparkle and Kana 1000 Amida Buddha are arranged in order, with beautiful precincts harmonized with the surrounding nature to great effect. You will be able to view around the Daishoin about 30 minutes.

Next, you will enter the hike of Miyajima's highest mountain, Mt. Misen (altitude 535 m), which is the highlight of this tour. Along the way, you will walk through the cathedral courses from the back of the cathedral to the summit along three hiking trails leading up and around the mountain. While climbing, you will take a break but then keep up the climb of about 2000 stone steps and aim for the summit. Your guide will keep according to your pace, you can enjoy the scenery without worry. At the top of the mountain there is an observation platform, and Itsukushima Shrine can of course be enjoyed with a wonderful view overlooking the Seto Inland Sea up to the islands of Ehime prefecture on the other side. After a break at the summit, the tour will walk to the ropeway stop, hop on, and go down the mountain. Having most likely worked up a hunger, your guide will escort you to a restaurant that suits your preference for lunch. After lunch, the ferry returns from the harbor to Miyajimaguchi on the other side, and the tour ends. 
Includes
  • English speaking guide or French speaking guide
  • One-way ropeway ticket
  • Round trip ferry ticket
  • Admission fee
What’s Not Included
  • Food & Drink
  • Hotel pick-up & drop off

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Miyajimaguchi station, ticket gate

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Important information
Know before you go
• Please join us wearing comfortable walking shoes
• The tour is designed for a minimum of two guests. Solo travelers add ¥3,000
• Please add ¥5,000 per group to the tour price for hotel pick up