Cruises from Miyajima
Popularly known as Miyajima, the Shrine Island, Itsukushima is an island in the western part of the Inland Sea of Japan, located in the NW of Hiroshima Bay. The island lies 12 km WSW of the port of Hiroshima, and is famous for the Itsukushima Shrine, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The gigantic red gate to the shrine can be reached at low tide off the north side of the island. The shrine itself is a red-lacquered complex of halls and pathways on stilts.
The island retains a classically Japanese Edo-era (1603-1868) look, and the area from the ferry terminal can be walked easily, it’s only one kilometre along the shore, rising inland to low green hills.