Camping in Miyajima

Remember those long weekends I mentioned several days ago? Well, after the first mini vacation, I decided to embark upon another. This time, some friends and I rented a cabin on the famous island of Itsukushima, or more commonly referred to as Miyajima. The weekend consisted of sightseeing, grilling, swimming and just plain relaxing.

Miyajima is Japanese for “shrine-island.” The island is located a short train and ferry ride from Hiroshima City. It is most famous for the massive torri gate, Itsukushima Shrine and Mt. Misen. Miyajima is considered one of the top three most scenic places in Japan. I’m not sure who claimed this or how he came to such a conclusion, but I can say that the view certainly ain’t half bad. Another plus–it is quite close to my home in Fukuyama.

The famous torri gate signifies the entrance to Itsukushima Shrine.

I told you it was massive! During low tide, we could walk around (and hug) the torri gate. However, during high tide, the gate appears to float on the water.

Mount Misen is the island's highest mountain. At the peak, we caught a glimpse or two (or 50) of the beautiful Seto Inland Sea.

So there you have it–long weekend number two. I’m definitely getting spoiled over here.

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