Visitors are warned about the "wild" deer on Mijiyama Island. But wild they most definitely are not ... they fearlessly approach people.
This little jerkface was at a safe distance, seemed a bit timid, so Jan got out his camera and I didn't feel threatened sitting several feet away. Then she suddenly closed the gap, went for the kill (my right pocket) and I got a nibbled thigh in the process. Later, Jan's map lost a tug of war.
Don't feed wild animals, people! (And if it wasn't obvious, I wasn't feeding her and I had no food in my pocket ... she just knows her game. She stealthily goosed another lady a few minutes later.) #hatethegamenottheplayer
4 2018 hours ago
Take a second to admire the Great Torii, the gateway between the spirit world and the human world, as legend would have.
Thanks to a broken gondola that doubled our hiking time (and distance 😬🏞️), we were able to see low and high tide at the Itsukushima Floating Torii Gate! The oft-photographed gate is just off the island of Miyajima, which is accessible by ferry after about an hour's train ride southwest of Hiroshima.
The island also offers steep hikes to beautiful mountain views and a series of fantastic temples and shrines -- maybe my favorite so far -- along the way. (The island is also home to small "wild" deer that come right up to you and eat your map and bite your pants ... more on the little jerks in another post.)
A highlight was the Daisho-in temple complex, which is near the base of Mount Misen on the island. It's among the most important temples of Shingon Buddhism (and was probably my favorite in Japan ❤️). It's made up of several ornate wooden buildings spread across a steep mountainside amid a dense array of trees, flowers, plants and streams.
We spent almost a whole day on the island, arriving when the tide was low enough to walk to the gate. We'd planned to hike to the top of the mountain on the island and then take a gondola down ... but once we got to the top, and hiked over to where the gondola usually picks up ... we saw a sign (the only sign) noting the gondola was closed for the day. So straight down we went, with no water left. Yay! 😑
📸: Jan & Erin
2 3720 hours ago
You know how to drive in rain and you decided not to make a change. Stuck in the same load lane and going the wrong way home. #honeymoonavenue
Itsukushima Shrine, Japan 🇯🇵
Itsukushima Shrine (厳島神社) means "Shrine Island" because Itsukushima Shrine is best known for its beautiful floating torii gate, but June 17th, 2019 marks the start of a year long restoration of the torii gate. During the restoration, visitors will not be able to walk up to the famous shrine and experience the torii gate up close.
De los lugares más hermosos de Japón, Miyajima es una pintoresca isla con templos bellísimos, santuarios imponentes y también senderos llenos de paz en la montaña...
5 63019 hours ago
Had some time left so decided to see the famous Itsukushima Shrine. Took the ferry from Hiroshima to this little island and as soon as ferry started getting closer to the island I started to see how busy it was! It was so busy that I couldn’t really enjoy this island until the water level started rising and all the people started leaving. It was still really nice to see the tori gate in the water with Hiroshima in the background! 😁