We arrived at golden hour on the island of Miyajima (officially Itsukushima). Even though it’s just a short ferry ride away, the island has a holiday resort feel and we immediately felt peaceful and at ease. There are quite a lot of day tourists leaving the island in the evening, so even though it can get very crowded during daylight, the island turns quiet as nighttime falls. It’s a good idea to stay at a ryokan (traditional Japanese inn), but do book in advance as they are usually completely full.
While there are many spots to visit in the island, the top attraction has to be the giant torii gate that appears to float on water on high tide. And if you do not have the chance to visit Nara and enjoy the sight of wild deer wandering freely in the park, you’ll be pleased to find them here.
Photos by Arnold Hozana