Miyajima Travel Guide (Part ONE)

The Most Beautiful Place in the World!

 

PART ONE:

Photo by Brittany Butters

CHECK OUT my video about Miyajima Island!

 

So Miyajimi is the most beautiful place I have been to thus far.  A lot of traditional Japanese culture (such as homes, temples and shrines) still exist despite the fact that it is a constantly sought out tourist destination.  There are lots of hidden places on the island that deserve to be checked out.  While you could spend all day just near the port of the island, there is lots on the little island of Miyajima.  So here is what you should check out when you travel to Miyajima.  Also I will include a few things you should EXPECT when you travel to Miyajima.

(SIDE NOTE:  There is so much to see and due to that I separated this post into two parts. For PART TWO: ** CLICK HERE **)

 

1) Deer:


So from the moment you step out of the ferry terminal you will most likely see deer.  Yes, they are cute.  Yes, I know you are going to want to pet them.  However, just so you know, they WILL EAT ANYTHING you are carrying.  If you are carrying food they will most definitely go after that, but I have seen them eat things like maps or even napkins.  So be weary!  They are cute, but will eat ANYTHING you have on you. (See pics below for reference) ^_^:
 

Here are some pictures I took of just a few Miyajima deer in their "natural" Miyajima habitat...

 

See...  They look so cute. 

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BUT...  They try to get into restaurants.  

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AND...  They try to eat your food!  

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AND...  They try to eat your children!  Just kidding...

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Lastly, the infamous paper eaters.  I don't get why it tastes good, but hey...  When in Rome, right? O_O

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2) Various Activities:


So there are lots of fun things to do on the island that are not super advertised if you don't do your "travel researchy stuff" before you go.  So that is where I come in...

(P.S. Some of these must be scheduled).

 

1) Miyajima Aquarium

(Don't need to schedule)


- It costs money to get in, about 1400円 (roughly about $14) for adults... The prices vary depending on age, group size and if you are a student.
- It is not a super huge aquarium. So don't expect to spend the whole day there.
- If you want to know more, the embedded link called "Miyajima Auqarium" below can tell you all about it:

Miyajima Aquarium

 

2) Learn about the making of rice scoops or as the Japanese call it, shakushi (杓子)

(Must schedule before hand)


- It costs about 300円 (roughly about $3) to learn how to make your own Shakushi.
- Also Miyajima has the world's largest shakushi. Be sure to check it out!
- If you want to know more click the embedded link titled "Shakushi Info" below:

Shakushi Info

 

*** 3) Make Momiji Manju in Miyajima  紅葉饅頭  

(Must schedule before hand)


- It costs about 300円 (roughly about $3) to participate, which isn't much considering you get to keep the ones you make and they give you a souvenir that includes more Momiji manju.
- Now there are various places to make Momiji manju so you must do a little research before choosing because some are more expensive.
- Momiji manju is a small maple leaf-shaped cake that contain various fillings.  The most famous being mashed sweet bean paste. If you have never tried it... You must!  Momiji manju is really famous in Japan, especially in Hiroshima, and anyone who visits Hiroshima should try it.  Now the sweet bean paste can have different consistencies.  My personal favorite one is the Koshian (smooth anko) which means the sweet bean paste is mashed to a really smooth consistency.
- There is lots of information about them on the web, but if you want to schedule an appointment to make some with the pros click the embedded link below called "Momiji Manju Chef"

"Momiji Manju Chef"

 

 (This is what the standard Momiji Manju looks like)

(This is what the standard Momiji Manju looks like)

 

3) Ankoagemomiji: 餡子揚げ紅葉

(Don't need to schedule)


Now since I didn't talk about Momiji enough here are more things you should know about Momiji on Miyajima Island.  So one of the few places in the world you can get Agemomiji 揚げ紅葉 is on Miyajima.  What is Agemomiji exactly?  Well, besides being one of the most delicious things I have ever put in my mouth!  Just kidding... but no, really... it is seriously so delicious you can't even imagine!  Okay, Agemomiji is FRIED momiji manju.  It comes in only 3 flavors, which include:  anko (sweet bean paste), cream and cheese.  Every single one of them is delicious, but my favorite is of course the Ankoagemomiji 餡子揚げ紅葉.  If you ever go to Miyajima you must try this.  You can find it in various shops on the island, but mainly they are located on the long narrow strip of souvenir shops and restaurants.  I believe they cost about 200円 (roughly about $2).

 

4) Rope-way:

(Don't need to schedule)


Now the rope-way is an optional, but a very scenic route to take to the top of the Mountain.  It is a good chance to take lots of pictures and the view is awesome!  At the very tippidy top there is also a castle.  I did not get a chance to make it to the castle because it is a bit of a walk from where you exit the rope-way and the wind was horrible the day I went.  So hopefully I can make another trip there soon to see the castle.
- The rope way costs about 1600円 (roughly about $16) for both ways.
- One way costs about 1000円 (roughly about $10) for one way.
- If you don't want to pay at all there are trails you can follow to the top.
- Also there are multiple trails with varying degrees of difficulty. So pick your poison!

Here are some pictures I took while riding the rope-way:

Photo by Brittany Butters

Photo by Brittany Butters

Photo by Brittany Butters

Photo by Brittany Butters

 

 

If you have any questions or comments, you know what to do....

PART TWO:  ** CLICK HERE **

- Butters

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