Miyajima was easily one of my favorite places that we visited in Japan!! It was absolutely beautiful with a bunch of different things to do. We took a ferry from Hiroshima, which was about a 45 minute ride to the island. We walked to the ferry dock from our hotel, which was about 10 minutes. We took the ferry that left around 10 am and were back to Hiroshima at about 4 pm. The round trip ticket for the ferry was like $18 USD each, I think.
One of my favorite parts of Miyajima was the deer! They have wild deer that walk around the island. You can pet them, they are so friendly. They act like dogs!!! The discourage feeding them, but most people do. We laughed as they would follow people around with food, begging like a dog. They were great. I took like 100 pictures of them haha.
After playing with the deer for a little, we went over to see the shrine. The beaches in Miyajima are really pretty and the shrine is in the water off the beach. Many boats were out visiting the shrine but we had a nice view from the beach!
We then trekked it up to the ropeway, which wasn’t a bad walk. At the ropeway we bought a one way ticket to travel up the island by cable car. I thought it was really scary…we were so high up. We actually took two cable cars to the summit, the first was just Dan and I and then the second was a larger cable car with 30 people in it. I was praying the whole time that the car didn’t drop off, it made me so nervous.
Once we got to the summit, which was so beautiful we decided to hike back down (thank God). It was pretty exhausting and felt pretty far although I am pretty sure it was a little over 2 km down. It felt like 5 miles haha. It reminded me a lot of the hiking we did in Hawaii. It was really beautiful with lots of waterfalls!
We looked around at a few of the shops, and then had some lunch. Dan had a full blown feast for lunch. One thing I almost forgot to mention was the delicious snack we had prior to the ropeway. We got an ice cream sandwich which was on melonpan (the sweet bread we had in Asakusa). It was amazing. It was matcha ice cream. I’m seriously obsessed with anything matcha. I love matcha lattes, ice cream, candy, regular matcha tea–it’s all so good!!!
After Miyajima we took the train from Hiroshima to Shin-Osaka. It is very easy to get around Hiroshima by the street cars. They are only $1.60 and we used them to get to and from the station to our hotel. We then went from Shin-Osaka to Osaka and finally to our last hotel in Japan. We are at the Cross Hotel in Osaka and will probably just explore around here for the day. Our flight to Beijing leaves tonight at 5:30 and then we will be there for two nights. Then it is back to the US. We can’t wait to see our family and of course our sweet puppy THOR!
We did not feel the earthquake in Southern Japan, at all. Thanks to everyone that checked in to make sure we are okay! We are praying for those that were affected!
Thanks for reading and have a fun day 🙂
Here are some pictures from Miyajima…