☀ Autumn in Miyajima

Continuing from our previous post:
The trip to Miyajima
Miyajima is a very beautiful place to visit especially in both; Spring & Autumn.
Spectacular Autumn colors in the foliage makes Miyajima shine, during Fall.
We were here in Autumn and this post would be titled simply as:
 
Autumn in Miyajima
Upon arriving – We were not alone!!
 Miyajima is abundant with deer & they greeted us the moment we stepped outside the Ferry Terminal! 
The deer here are not as tamed, compared to their counterparts in Nara.
  For a comparison, check out my previous trips to Nara.
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But still, we personally felt the deer here were ‘friendly enough’…
Deer are allowed to roam freely in Miyajima
UNTIL…
Deer are also very likely to have your lunch, for lunch!
 They started to smell food coming from the little-one’s bag!!!
There goes her lunch – her sandwiches!
…and the sky suddenly turned PURPLE with dreadful fear!!
In the distance, you see the huge famed Torri Gate of Miyajima
OKAY..Bad joke. That was just my camera filter at work.
This is how the view actually looks like & that is the famed huge Torii gate of Itsukushima Shrine – the landmark of Miyajima.
Another view of the famous landmark of Miyajima.
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 Walking on…and the official start of this post:
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Miyajima
宮島
When you see pictures of Japan with a huge red Torri Gate in the background, this is usually it!
Miyajima is one of the crown jewels of Japan, and certainly one of its finest views. Located off the coast of Hiroshima, the serene beauty of the island is an essential coda to that city.
 Miyajima is a small island less than an hour outside the city of Hiroshima. It is most famous for its giant Torii gate, which at high tide seems to float on the water.
This sight is ranked as one of Japan’s three best views.
Soar to the skies, like an eagle!
While officially named Itsukushima, the island is more commonly referred to as Miyajima, Japanese for “Shrine Island”.
This is because the island is so closely related to its key shrine, Itsukushima Shrine, in the public’s mind. 
Like the torii gate, the Shrine’s main buildings are built over water.
We enjoyed the peaceful atmosphere all around Miyajima!
Miyajima is a romantic place, best enjoyed by staying overnight at one of the island’s Ryokan.
There are usually many day tourists, but in the evening the area becomes much quieter and more peaceful.
The wild deer on the island that have become accustomed to people to a certain extent.
In the day, the deer wander around the same sites as the tourists, and in the evening they sleep along the walking paths.
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Itsukushima Shrine
厳島神社
Itsukushima-Jinja
This is Itsukushima Shrine!
“Miyajima” means “Shrine Island” in Japanese, referring to the island’s cause of fame, Itsukushima Shrine.
Itsukushima Shrine is a Shinto shrine on the island of Itsukushima and as earlier mentioned above, also more popularly known as Miyajima is best known for its “Floating” Torii gate. 
It is in the located in the city of Hatsukaichi; Hiroshima Prefecture in Japan. 
The shrine and its torii gate are unique for being built over water, seemingly floating in the sea during high tide. 
The shrine complex consists of multiple buildings, including a prayer hall, a main hall and a noh theater stage, which are connected by boardwalks and supported by pillars above the sea.
The shrine complex is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the Japanese government has designated several buildings and possessions as National Treasures.
Grilled Oysters anyone?
 Well well…What do we have here??
Grilled Oysters!
And that more then made up for our loss of sandwich to the hungry deer!
Now, we make our way to Senjokaku!
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Senjokaku
千畳閣
Pavilion of 1000 mats
Senjokaku – The Pavilion of a thousand mats
Senjokaku means “Pavilion of 1000 mats” in Japanese and is the common name of Hokoku Shrine. The name describes the spaciousness of the building, as Senjokaku is approximately the size of one thousand tatami mats. 
 
The hall, which dates back to 1587, is located on a small hill just beside Itsukushima Shrine.
Directly in the compounds of Senjokaku stands a Five-storied Pagoda which is the most famous attraction and landmark of this particular Shrine.
Combine rich history with rich colors and you’ll get an even richer experience!
Toyotomi Hideyoshi, one of the three unifiers of Japan, commissioned Senjokaku for the purpose of chanting Buddhist sutras for fallen soldiers. The building was not yet completed when Hideyoshi died in 1598. 
As Tokugawa Ieyasu took power thereafter rather than the Toyotomi heirs, the building was never fully completed.
Senjokaku has neither ceilings nor a front entrance, and will surely strike visitors as rather sparse.
In 1872, the incomplete building was dedicated to the soul of its founder, Toyotomi Hideyoshi, which remains its present religious function.
Momiji
 Beautiful Koyo or Autumn Leaves surround the entire compound.
Next, we took a nice leisurely stroll to the “Walking Trails”.
These trails would eventually lead to Momijidani which stands for Maple Valley, in Japanese.
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Walking Trails
Seriously, look at those colors and tell me I’m alive…?
A pleasant and relaxing way to enjoy Miyajima is to take a stroll along one of the island’s many charming walking paths. Surrounding the seaside town area, the paths cut through the island’s forest and afford nice views onto the town below.
Some paths lead through the Momijidani – Japanese for “Maple Valley”, Miyajima’s prime koyo spot during the autumn. 
Momijidani – Maple Valley
The paths also lead past a Tahoto pagoda, numerous lookout points and clusters of cherry trees, which are usually in bloom in early April.
For those seeking a more substantial hike, there are three paths that lead to the summit of Mount Misen: the Momijidani Course, the Daisho-in Course and the Omoto Course.
Of the three trails, the Daisho-in Course offers the nicest views and is not as steep as the other two. The Momijidani Course, while the shortest is also the steepest, leading mostly through the forest.
It takes 1.5 to 2 hours to reach the summit from town. The Daisho-in Course was closed for a period of time due to damage caused by a typhoon, but it was re-opened in October 2008.
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Momijidani Park
紅葉谷公園
Momijidani-Koen
Momijidani-Koen is one of the most famous maple leaves valley parks in Japan.
Momijidani Park
Momijidani Park is a park stretching along Momijidani river near the valley at the foot of mount Misen. It was cultivated during the Edo period when maple saplings trees were planted.
This was the beginning of Momijidani Park.
One of the ‘Eight Most Beautiful Views’ in Miyajima.
The park is located at the foot of Mt. Misen, along Momijidani River, behind Itsukushima Shrine in Miyajima.
Many people come to Miyajima to get in touch with nature
There are more than 200 maple trees alone in this area alone.
 Many years ago, a devastating typhoon hit Miyajima.
Momijidani park was badly damaged and erosion control work was done.
Thank goodness the works were successful or you wouldn’t be seeing these pictures today! 
 This park is known to be home to one of Japan’s loveliest fall scenes.
The striking red of the Japanese maples is especially brilliant against the deep green of an evergreen forest.
The pictures alone do the talking – nuff said! =D
This is another section of Momijidani River.
Miyajima is one of the best place to enjoy and appreciate Autumn, in Japan
Here are more pictures of Monijidani Park – for your viewing pleasure, of course!
 Continuing our leisurely stroll around Monijidani Park.
 “Peace!!”
 
 Is it a dream, or is this just my fantasy?
Look at the amazing work of nature!
With sunlight penetrating through, the leaves appear to glitter with sparkles of gold.
 Truly beautiful!
 And not to forget, a happy picture!!
Hmm…what was I looking at??
 Upon approaching the end of the park..
 There was a “Spirited Away” looking tunnel..
What could possibly be waiting on the other end??
 More Autumn colors!!
And…
Jump!
 We even found a secret abandoned village!
Spirited Away indeed, Yippie!!
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Daisho-in
大聖院
Daisho-in
Daisho-in is a historic Japanese temple on the base of Mt.Misen, the holy mountain on the island of Itsukushima, on which the sect’s founder, Kobo Daishi, first began the practice of Buddhism on the island of Miyajima.
It is the 14th temple in the Chugoku 33 Kannon Pilgrimage and also famous for the maple trees and their autumn colors.
Time to pray!!
Including Mt.Misen, Daishō-in is within the World Heritage Area of Itsukushima Shrine.
In this temple there is a flame which is said to have been burning since its foundation, for more than 1200 years.
 Daisho-in is one of the most important temples of Shingon Buddhism. on which the sect’s founder, Kobo Daishi, first began the practice of Buddhism on the island of Miyajima.
Daisho-in also features a variety of buildings, statues and other religious objects for visitors to admire.
These include the Kannon-do Hall, the Maniden Hall, a sand mandala made by visiting monks from Tibet, a tea room and a cave filled with 88 icons representing the temples of the Shikoku Pilgrimage.

 
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Coming up next: We headed for straight for lunch before paying a visit to Miyajima Aquarium!
Stay tuned!!
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6 thoughts on “☀ Autumn in Miyajima

  1. Hi again~
    OK, this is another must see in my list. Miyajima temple..
    I must go there this time!
    As always, thank you for such a great post, it helps me to know more about Japan.

    • Hey!! Sorry It’s taken me this long to get back to you, Yuki!
      I’m glad it helped! To most travelers when they’re in the region of Hiroshima, Miyajima is usually a must-visit spot that’s on their lists.

      http://www.ColorfulExistence.com

  2. Great photos ; D

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