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Miyajima: A Delicious and Spiritual Day Trip

Day 76 of 180 Days Around the World Cruise

Miyajima: A Delicious and Spiritual Day Trip

Miyajima, also known as Itsukushima, is a captivating island near Hiroshima, Japan. With its iconic floating shrine gate and mouthwatering treats, it's a must-visit for any traveler.

The grandeur of Itsukushima Shrine: The crown jewel of Miyajima is Itsukushima Shrine, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The shrine's bright orange torii gate appears to magically float in the bay, especially during high tide. Walking on the wooden planks surrounding the shrine allows for a truly immersive experience. Don't forget to toss a coin into the offering box for good luck!

A taste of fall, year-round: Miyajima's main street, Omotesando Arcade, is lined with shops selling delectable treats. A specialty you can't miss are momiji manju, or maple buns. These sweet buns are shaped like maple leaves, a nod to the island's stunning fall foliage. Filled with red bean paste or custard, they're a delicious way to savor a taste of autumn any time of year.

Fresh from the sea: No trip to Miyajima is complete without indulging in its other famous delicacy: oysters! Hiroshima Bay is renowned for its plump, juicy oysters, and Miyajima offers them up in a variety of ways. Enjoy them freshly grilled, fried, or even try them in a Hiroshima-style okonomiyaki pancake.

A sensory experience: Miyajima is a place to tantalize your taste buds and immerse yourself in Japanese culture. From the serene beauty of the Itsukushima Shrine to the delightful flavors of maple buns and oysters, Miyajima offers a day trip you won't forget.

Text by Gemini

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A visit to Itsukushima shrine is a must when in Hiroshima. I always wondered about the two names, Itsukushima and Miyajima. Miyajima is actually a nickname meaning shrine (miya) island (jima). The formal name of the island is Itskushima. Most people refer to the island by its nickname.

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