One of the greatest places we’ve visited in our time in Japan would be Miyajima Island, it was truly and otherworldly experience. From the moment our group exited the dock we were observers to many new wonders. Our First sight was the deer of Miyajima; they were about as tall as a medium sized dog and smelled terrible. The interesting thing about these deer is that they had no fear of humans; they casually walk up to you and wait patiently for you to feed them. Okay, so it wasn’t always patient. Some will try to eat the map you may be carrying out of your hands or backpack; others will buck you if they feel you’re holding out on them. Second was the Itsukushima Shrine or the floating gate as some people call it. Let me tell you that pictures don’t do this site justice. Travelers are blessed with a beautifully open seaside view to snap photos for memories or just reflect on how awesome it is to get out and see the world. Even though the floating gate is somewhat of a tourist attraction observers can take notice that there are still individuals who view the gate as a sacred place. I could see pilgrims in row boats paddling their way through the gate to receive its blessing. The best thing about Miyajima is how ancient the villages look. It feels like a place untouched by time and there are buildings that I’d swear could be centuries old. All in all that’s the main reason I enjoyed Miyajima, there is a certain peace one obtains from the old-time simplicity.

Miyajima

Miyajima

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