Miyajima

A small romantic Island

 By Suwannee Payne   Jan 22, 2014

In our lifetime are there any phases of time that are important to you? Your birthday, graduation, the day you fall in love, your wedding day and honeymoon. Ah.. honeymoon, the sweetest time. One very romantic place for a honeymoon will be forever in my mind.

My honeymoon was 26 years ago, but still seems like yesterday.

Miyajima island was beautiful 26 years ago and will always be as beautiful in my heart. Allow me to tell you my old story.

The day we (me and my partner) arrived in Hiroshima, the sky was cloudy and rainy. We were wandering around town in the rain. We visited the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and spent a long time there. During that time, we tried to decide whether we should go to Miyama. The weather forecast called for rain for another 2-3 days. Luckily, we decided to visit Miyajima the next morning. Otherwise we would be sorry for a long, long time.

Miyajima is a small Island located within Hiroshima Bay, not far from Hiroshima city. It takes about 55 minutes on the ferry from the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park. That morning we caught the early ferry, intending to spend all day in Miyajima.

Upon approaching Miyajima, the picture in front was overwhelming, Torii or Torii gate floating in the sea. Well, at that moment I should say standing among low tide sand. Before anything we hurried to get down to the Torii and spend a lot of time walking around. Opportunity like this is really up to the sea.

Miyajima Island offers a number of places to visit. We chose to walk up Mt. Misen. The trail starts at Daisho-in, a very old and historic Temple. The trail’s setting through a beautiful forest, full of trees and moss covered rocks. Among drizzle droplets and light fog, we took time soaking up the scenery. It was an unforgettable 2 hours.

Before leaving Miyajima we had an opportunity to view the torii one more time. The floating torii view is a memorable scene. We promised each other we will come back, to be at the place we used to hold hands admiring the torii.

Written by Suwannee Payne
Japan Travel Partner

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Preethu 10 months ago
This pic is different from the usual ones.