Jul 24, 2018 Attraction Miyajima

How to Walk to Itsukushima Shrine -3 Different Routes for Different Purposes

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Itsukushima Shrine is somewhere you’ll definitely want to visit if you come to Miyajima. But did you know that there are 3 different routes that lead to Itsukushima Shrine? In this article, I’ll tell you about these 3 routes and what each has to offer.

Omotesando Shopping Street

Recommended for Enjoying  Shopping and Food
Time: 9 mins to Itsukushima Shrine

Walking for about 5 minutes from the ferry wharf, you’ll arrive at an intersection between the Seaside Street and Omotesando Shopping Street. If you go between the stores in the photo and turn left, you’ll arrive at the vibrant Omotesando Shopping Street. There are about 70 stores along both sides of its 350 meter length.

From cooked oysters and nigiriten (grilled fishcakes on a stick), to coffee, there’s lots of takeout shops to choose from.

In addition to the souvenir shops, there’s restaurants and cafes where you can eat Hiroshima specialties like oyster and okonomiyaki. In particular, Omotesando Shopping Street has over 12 shops, where you can enjoy freshly made momiji manju, made by wrapping azuki bean in a sponge cake.

At some shops, you can see the momiji manju being cooked through the window.

Seaside Street

Recommended for Getting to Itsukushima Shrine as Quickly as Possible
Time: 6 mins to Itsukushima Shrine

The shortest route to Itsukushima Shrine is the Seaside Street. The appeal of this street lies in the beautiful up-close view of the Seto Inland Sea. You can also go down to the seaside at any point, so when the tide’s out, you can walk along the beach!

In the warmer seasons, you’ll see children running and playing along the shoreline. (Swimming there is not allowed)

Along the street, there are several stairways leading down to the seaside, and you can walk right up to the torii gate.

Machiya Street

Recommended for Experiencing the Charm of Miyajima
Time: 8 mins to Itsukushima Shrine

Along the mountain-facing side of Omotesando Shopping Street, there are a few alleys that connect to Machiya street, which runs parallel to Omotesando Shopping Streete are 3 alleyways connecting Omotesando Shopping Street and Machiya street.

The peak of Machiya street’s popularity was in the Edo period (17th to early 19th century), but since 1950, it has become an important street in the lives of the island residents. Nowadays, the traditional building style is popular, and the street has many shops, such as stylish cafes, galleries, and general stores.

Machiya Street is becoming prosperous again.

The lanterns hanging off the buildings create an atmosphere unique to machiya street.

At the end of machiya street, you can see a beautiful crimson five-storied pagoda.

If you turn towards the sea just before the tunnel at the end of the street, you will come out in front of the Itsukushima Shrine entrance. Be careful though because if you go through the tunnel, you’ll miss the Itsukushima Shrine entrance.

Now you’re almost at the entrance to Itsukushima Shrine.

In front of you is the virgin forest of Misen, which along with beautiful Itsukushima Shrine. Now we’re finally at the Itsukushima Shrine entrance. Pay the entry fee at reception, and go inside.

Itsukushima Shrine has an imposing beauty due to being built above the water, which is something unique in the world. It’s a place you’ll definitely want to see when you visit Hiroshima. Come and experience the culture of Japan for yourself!


Itsukushima Shrine
Address 1-1 Miyajimacho, Hatsukaichi ()
Open Jan 1
Jan 2&3
Jan 4-Feb
Mar 1-Oct 14
Oct 15-Nov 30
Dec 1-Dec 31
Entrance Fee Adult/¥300
High School Student/¥200
Middle School &Under/¥100
Website Itsukushima Shrine Tripadvisor


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