Miyajima is an island, an hour away from Hiroshima and is famous for its giant tori gate, known as the floating shrine.
The island is a gem, demarcating itself from mainland Japan with its mini stretch of beach and a slightly salty air emanating from the sea surrounding it. It is still very Japanese in essence with the traditional structures, housing shops and restaurants.
While our plan was to visit Hiroshima for half a day, some of us ended up staying on the island for the whole day, strolling in the souvenir shops and sipping specialty coffee in the ‘market’ area.
My greatest delight was sampling the fresh oysters at the brewery’s restaurant, available raw, grilled or steamed and admiring the sea view.
One could summarise the trip to Miyajima as a day at the beach, having a quiet moment, star struck at the floating shrine or wandering around, checking out the crispy chicken karaage or some comforting French fries while wandering around.
Miyajima, remains my favourite spot from my Japan trip and however long you have in Japan, I would urge you to consider spending at least half a day here.
Hi, I am Shev. By profession, I am an analyst. Over the years, I have wandered around the globe and have gathered a lifetime of memories but above all, I realised most of my travel plans revolved around food and coffee! My journals and iPhone notes are filled with writings about restaurants, coffee shops and local cuisines I have discovered. Food is a lifelong affair for me, I love describing the scenes when I visit a restaurant or if i encounter a new cuisine, I get really curious and want to find out about the history around it.