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  • Miyajima – Exotic Island Where Gods And Humans Live Together

    Fri, Dec 11, 2009

    Japan

    The island of Miyajima is positioned many miles away from the Hiroshima city of Japan. It is considered as a sacred island. It is believed that the island is blessed by both the Buddhism as well as the Shintoism faiths. The island of Miyajima is also one of the very few excellent and impressive natural destinations present in the today’s world. The Miyajima Island is thus developed as one of the excellent eco-tourist destinations in Japan. You will definitely experience a fairy-tale life when you enter the island by traveling early morning through a boat and covering the distance of the sea. The travel that is required to reach the island is an experience of its kind. The island is considered as Misa San’s holy mountain. It is believed that Buddha had came to Japan in early 5th century before that many Shinto sages lived their life on the islands mountains on the wooded  hills. The island is very much small, its length is hardly 12 miles. The island is mostly visited by the numerous pilgrims. We can even visit the place just as a tourist. Even after being visited by an extensive crowd the island haven’t lost it astonishing sense of magic and serenity.

    Miyajima Island
    The island is coverlet with abundant prehistoric woods; Misen San is the uppermost crest located on the Miyajima Island. The height of the hill is about 1739 feet. From its haughty meeting one has a panoramic vision of numerous other islands sited in the Seto Inland Sea and also the far-away mountain series that belonged to Shikoku. In the vicinity of the peak there are a not many diminutive temples counting the Gumonjido. The Gumonjido temple was founded in the early period of the ninth century AD by the grand sage named Kobo Daishi while was getting back from China. A fire blazing inside the temple has glowing again and again from the moment of the temple’s devotion to the current. There is an airborne rope car to the peak but it is more pleasurable to march the length of one of the three alleyways all the way through the woods. The Omoto trail is the most stunning and the slightest used; leisurely walk here you will experience yourself in seventh heaven back to the semi-mythical days of Kobo Daishi as well as the Shinto peaks shamans. The diplomatic woods of Misen San are also abode to some two thousand tame deer.

    Miyajima’s the Itsukushima shrine is the most important temple of the island. It was very first created in the year 593 AD and it was later engorged to its current size in the year 1168. It has the honor of being one of the few extraordinary holy temple sites in the world. It is also famous for its architecture. Miyajima is also listed with Japan’s government as the National Treasure. The structure of buildings comprises of the most important shrine along with many other supplementary temples, a Noh Dance and Drama Theater, and numerous conduits as well as boardwalks that links the various different divisions of the temple. The temple is constructed on the tidal ground and providing the form of suspended on the sea all through the high tides, the temple is devoted to three Shinto seam goddesses named Ichikishima, Tagitsu, Tagori. It is believed that each of the goddesses lives inside the interior chamber of the shrine.

    Metal spikes were not worn in the building of the temple and there are accurately planned cracks flanked by the base lumps in order to lessen the heaviness of high tidal influence rooted by cyclones. A number of the very old wooden board used for carpet are having a width of around 1.5 m and also the length is around 10 m, and these massive planks were arduously elated to Miyajima from hundreds of kilometers away in northern region of Japan. One of the very few viaducts that lead to the temple is commonly known as the Imperial Envoy’s Bridge or Soribashi. It was been constructed in the year 1557, it was been utilized by the court aristocracy that was sent to Itsukushima by the region’s Emperor of that period. for the duration of  time, the staircase were for the time being established, or else the bridge as well as the way in into the temple are by no means used before.

    Neighboring to the Itsukushima holy place is the Hokoku temple. An internal part of this memorial was recognized as the Senjokaku also it was built by the enchanted Japanese soldier named Hideyoshi Toyotomi for the rest of the spirits of war deceased. Few sections of the temple namely the ceiling as well as the facade way in, linger incomplete for the reason that of Hideyoshi’s death. The temple is a 5-storied pagoda. The height of the pagoda is 27 m. It is believed that the pagoda was been constructed in the year 1407 AD. The pagoda also symbolizes a pleasant-sounding amalgamation of Japanese Chinese and the architectural fashion. Inside the pagoda, it is painted in complete color, also a beautiful figurine of the Buddha is been placed in the pagoda. Connected with the Itsukushima memorial it is well thought-out part of its blessed geography. There are around seven more small temples placed exactly at the same distance in the island’s 19 m circumference. To visit the other nine temples there are no particular routes therefore you would be required to use the small boats if you are willing to approach the other shores where the remaining nine temples are placed.

    How to reach

    The nearest airport to reach Miyajima is the Hiroshima airport. The Hiroshima railway station is the close by located major railway station. Hiroshima is the barely metropolis left in Japan that uses the trams even today. Thus use can have its experience will moving inside the city. The tram has a good network with the Hiroshima Railway station.

    When to visit

    The best time of the year to visit Miyajima is in the month of April and May. You can also try going there in late March or early June. Before March the temperature is very much cool and after June the rainy season begins in Miyajima.




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