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About Miyajima

Stunning, secluded, and splendidly scenic: Miyajima is an utter gem. Located in the Seto Inland Sea, just an hour away from Hiroshima, Miyajima has long been considered an island of the Gods. The best places to stay in Miyajima boast gorgeous surroundings which only serve to further this reputation.

However, its name isn't actually Miyajima - which means 'Shrine Island' - but rather Itsukushima, though this name is rarely (if ever) used. The reason it's called 'Shrine Island' is due to its famous Itsukushima Shrine, a particularly noteworthy spot - at high tide the water rises up and engulfs the Torri, or gate, giving it the appearance of floating in the sea.

Flocks of tourists arrive on the island looking for a peaceful and romantic getaway. You'll find plenty fo onsens dotted around, as well as a rich culture and gorgeous scenery. Plus, there are the friendly deer which flock the streets looking for treats from unsuspecting visitors - be warned though, feeding them once might lead to unwanted attention going forward!

If you want to grab a souvenir then wander along the charming Omotosando Shopping Street, located between the ferry terminal and the shrine, or even enjoy a special pedicure by having fish nibble away at your feet.

What Not To Miss

  • Be sure to take a photo of the iconic Itsukushima Shrine during high tide.
  • The 535-metre tall Mount Misen boasts splendid hiking trails and wonderful views.
  • Daishō-in is a stunning 9th-century Buddhist Temple with intricately-carved stone interiors.
  • Or, if you want to find out more about the area's history and culture then head to the Miyajima History and Folk Museum.

A trip to Miyajima is bound to please. However, the island is becoming increasingly popular; to avoid disappointment, be sure to book ahead as the best places to stay in Miyajima get quickly booked up.

The best places to stay in Miyajima

For the centre of town

  • Hotel Miyarikru offers traditional accommodation with wonderful views. A lovely spot.
  • Of a similar ilk, Kurayado Iroha is a traditional ryokan in a great location. They do, however, also have Western-style accommodation if desired.
  • Hotel Makoto is another classic ryokan which serves up delicious kaiseki cuisine.
  • Miyajima Grand Hotel Arimoto offers both traditional Japanese and Western-style accommodation, as well as boasting a wonderfully serene location surrounded by nature.

For Outside the Centre

  • Jukeiso is a traditional ryokan located a few miles outside Miyajima. Tuck into kaiseki cuisine and relax in an onsen.
  • Iwaso, situated just outside the centre of town, offers traditional accommodation and lovely kaiseki dishes. A relaxing bolthole.

For a guesthouse or holiday home

If you'd prefer the privacy of a self-catering option then browse through the wide variety available online with our partner, Booking.com.

Travel Information

  • Fly into Hiroshima Airport before taking a ten-minute ferry across to Miyajima.
  • Weather-wise, you're best off visiting in the summer - the average temperature hovers between 24-
    29°C in August.
  • If you want to fully explore the island then consider hiring a car with Rentalcars.

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Best Hotels in Miyajima

  • Hotel Miyarikyu Hiroshima Prefecture, Miyajima 64 rooms from £154

    Sights nearby  -  Hotel Miyarikyu is just a 5 minute walk from the historic Itsukushima Shrine
    Great walks  -  Head off hiking around the beautiful Miyajima Tsutsumigaura Nature Park
    Fishing  -  Wander along the coast and find yourself a nice spot for some fishing
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    Hotel Miyarikyu is located on the island of Miyajima, a short distance from the city centre. Offers traditional Japanese accommodation (think tatami woven-straw flooring and futon bedding), and guests can unwind in the baths with superb views! Kaiseki cuisine served. A friendly and unfussy stay. See More

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  • Jukeiso Hatsukaichi-shi, Miyajima 13 rooms from £170

    Local exploring  -  Within walking distance of town and all its sights
    Sights nearby  -  Itsukushima Shrine, the Daisho-in Temple and Five Storey Pagoda are all within a mile of the property
    Great walks  -  14-minute walk from Momijidani Park, and a 19-minute walk from the Miyajima Ropeway.
    Restaurant  -  Breakfast & Dinner are served in the restaurant.
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    Jukeiso is a charming traditional ryokan located a few miles outside Miyajima. Offering Japanese style accommodation, guests can unwind in the indoor or outdoor public baths to truly relax. Kaiseki cuisine served at dinner. A simple yet authentic spot. See More

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  • Hotel Makoto Hiroshima, Miyajima 54 rooms from £171

    On an island  -  UNESCO World Heritage Site.
    Great walks  -  Wander through the city's streets or head off on wonderful hikes around the Miyajima Tsutsumigaura Nature Park
    Sights nearby  -  Itsukushima Shrine, the Daisho-in Temple and Five Storey Pagoda are all within a mile of the property
    Restaurant  -  Fresh Japanese seafood dishes and fish from Seto Inland Sea
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    Hotel Makoto enjoys a great location on the island of Miyajima. Traditional Japanese-style accommodation where guests can enjoy lovely kaiseki cuisine for dinner made using local seasonal produce. History & culture brim over in this UNESCO World Heritage retreat. See More

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  • Miyajima Grand Hotel Arimoto Hatsukaichi City, Miyajima 55 rooms from £268

    Country Escape  -  Miyajima Grand Hotel Arimoto enjoys a wonderfully serene location just outside the city
    Romantic Break  -  Lovely accommodation, gorgeous views and sights nearby-perfect for a romantic getaway!
    Sights nearby  -  Go visit the Five Storey Pagoda, Itsukushima Shrine or Daisho-in Temple
    Great walks  -  Wander off on a long romantic walk along the coast at sunset
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    Miyajima Grand Hotel Arimoto enjoys a wonderful location, close enough to the sights yet surrounded by beautiful nature. Rooms feature either tatami (woven-straw) flooring and futon bedding or carpeting and twin beds. Relax in the onsens or take a stroll around the garden. A lovely spot! See More

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  • Kurayado Iroha Hatsukaichi-shi, Miyajima 18 rooms from £300

    Great walks  -  Wander through the city's streets or head off on wonderful hikes around the Miyajima Tsutsumigaura Nature Park
    Sights nearby  -  Itsukushima Shrine, the Daisho-in Temple and Five Storey Pagoda are all within a mile of the property
    Views  -  Wonderful views across the bay and of the Torii gate
    Restrictions on children  -  Children cannot be accomadated in this hotel
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    Kurayado Iroha ryokan is situated in Miyajima's Omotesando Avenue. Accommodation fusing traditional Japanese-style living areas (think tatami-mat flooring) with Western beds and chic interiors. Enjoy wonderful kaiseki cuisine at dinner! A lovey spot, perfect for both sightseeing and hiking. See More

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  • Iwaso Hatsukaichi-shi, Miyajima 38 rooms from £308

    City Style  -  Head off into the centre of Miyajima and see all that it has to offer
    Local exploring  -  Iwaso is just a stone's throw away from many of the city's sights
    Total relaxation  -  Unwind in the onsens or treat yourself to a massage
    Great walks  -  Meander through the city's streets or Head off on wonderful hikes around the Miyajima Tsutsumigaura Nature Park
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    Iwaso ryokan is located a short distance outside Miyajima. Offers traditional Japanese accommodation (think tatami woven-straw flooring and futon bedding), and relaxing in their beautiful hot-spring baths is a must! Exquisite kaiseki cuisine. A splendid stay for sightseeing or pure relaxation! See More

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