Sep 07, 2018 Attraction Miyajima

The4 Best Recommended Cultural Activities& Expericnces in Miyajima

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Miyajima, often called “The Island of Gods.” Beginning with Itsukushima Shrine, there are many sightseeing spots to explore, and the island bustles with visitors all year round. But, Miyajima has more to offer than just sightseeing. There are also many spaces where you can experience and get a feel for the local culture. Here, I’d like to tell you all about the services you can experience and facilities in Miyajima!

Ways to Enjoy Miyajima Other Than Food and Sightseeing

When it comes to enjoying yourself in Miyajima, many people probably think of sightseeing at Itsukushima Shrine, Daisho-in, and other places, or perhaps of oysters and other foods. If you come all the way to visit this island, you should also look into traditional cultural experiences!

At certain spaces, you can experience hand cooking Momiji Manju, making wooden rice scoops, wearing Japanese clothes, tea ceremonies, and more. There are many hands-on events for each of the four seasons! For people who want to take all of here, how about visiting some of these places?

Rice Scoop Making

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One of Miyajima’s famous local products is the rice scoop. Souvenir shops on this island are full of rice scoops, which have long been popular as bringers of good fortune.  You can actually experience making one with a branding iron! And there is even a small rice scoop strap which you can imprint a picture specially for you. It’s a great way to turn your trip memories into something that will last.

Miyajima Handmade Studio

For an authentic experience at a reasonable price of ¥400, I recommend “Miyajiman Workshop” (Miyajima Traditional Craft Center). You can make a one of a kind, authentic rice scoop. Also, if you’d like to make an original rice scoop cell phone strap with a picture imprinted, I recommend Miyajima handmade studio.  The experience time is about eight minutes! Being able to casually join in is one of the charms of the experience.

Miyajima Handmade Studio
Address 566-1 Miyajimacho, Hatsukaichi-shi
Closest Station 8mins walk from Miyajima pier
Open 9:30am – 5:30pm
Website miyajima handmade studio (JP)
Entrance Fee  Rice scoop making

Momiji Manju Making

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Hiroshima is famous for the confection momiji manju. (Momiji manju are distinguished by thier maple leaf shape. Sweet red-bean paste is in a castella-like dough.) With this experience, you can cook the manju yourself. They are made using old-fashioned hand held cooking tools, and you can eat them while they’re still nice and hot. How would you like to savor the taste of momiji manju you can only get when freshly cooked?


Yamadaya is also a manufacturing company of momiji manju. The experience costs only ¥756, and comes with added perk of an included souvenir.

Yamadaya Honten
Address 835-1 Miyajimacho, Hatsukaichi-shi (map)
Closest Station 10mins walk from Miyajima pier
Open 9:30am – 5:30pm
*Please check the required time of workshop on their website.
Closed Dec 29 – Jan 4
Website Official Website

Miyajima Traditional Crafts Center.

You can also experience the workshop at Miyajima Traditional Crafts Center.

Miyajima Traditional Crafts Center
1165-2 Miyajimacho, Hatsukaichi-shi (map)
Closest Station 5 mins walk from Miyajima pier
Open 8:30am – 5:00pm
Closed Mondays, From Dec 29 – Jan 3
*If a national holiday falls on a Sunday or Monday, the crafts hall will be open on Monday
Website Official Website
Price Momiji manju making/ ¥756
Rice scoop making/ ¥324
Hand-carved wooden tray making/ ¥1,620
*Souvenir is included for all workshop

Spend a Special Moment with Cute Kimono

It feels great to take a stroll through a historical town packed with Japan’s incredible culture while wearing a kimono. There are many shops in Miyajima where you can rent a kimono together with all the accessories, so it’s okay to visit empty-handed!

Miyajima Komachi

At Kimono Rental “Miyajima Komachi”, kimono or Yukata rentals are offered, as well as fittings. You can experience wearing Japanese clothing for an affordable price, so it’s a good idea to change into a kimono before crossing over to Miyajima.

Miyajima Traditional Crafts Center
Address 1-6-7 Miyajima-guchi, Hatsukaichi-shi
Closest Station Hiroshima Dentetsu “Miyajima-guchi”
2mins walk from the station
Open 10:00am – 5:00pm
*Booking Required
Closed Thursday
(If it’s a national holiday, the following day will be a holiday.)
Website Official Website


There are packed full of services to experience Japanese culture in Miyajima. You can make a handmade rice scoop for the perfect souvenir, taste hot and fresh handmade momiji manju, and make your stroll around Miyajima more enjoyable with a kimono rental. How would you like to enjoy your trip at hands-on spaces?