Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Itsuku-shima Jinja Shrine

During our trip to Hiroshima we also visited a Shinto shrine on the island of Itsukushima. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and considered a national treasure. Other than that, I don't know much else about the history of the place. I've seen many pictures of this beautiful shrine and had always wanted to visit. The day we visited it was raining pretty hard. We took a boat from our hotel to the little island as a day trip. The red tori (gate) in the water with the rain added to the dramatic effect and it was absolutely beautiful.We even got to see a part of a traditional Japanese wedding going on at the temple that day.
Miyajima is also known for it's deer population. The deers are pretty domesticated and friendly towards tourists. They are wandering all over the island.One deer even tried to eat my sis-in-law's shirt!


Chow and Chatter said...

oh ow what a place beautiful

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