Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Miyojima Island

Brian had been to Japan several times before I accompanied him on this trip, so he insisted that I see Hiroshima. Early the next morning we left our "base of operations" in Osaka and headed south via the Shinkansen. After a quick check-in at our hotel we took a local train to the ferry terminal where we boarded a ferry that took us to Miyojima Island--a beautiful and peaceful haven of green.
Miyojima's iconic O-torii gate sits at the entrance to a cove which houses an ancient Shinto shrine.
Groups of school children were a common sight as we toured Japan, and we were pleasantly surprised to find tame deer on Miyojima just like we saw in Nara.
One of Brian's colleagues who had served as a missionary for our Church in Japan years ago suggested we visit Miyojima Island, and we're so glad we did. It was a fun place to explore.
Can you see the torii gate?
Brian and I on Miyojima Island
the five-storied pagoda
a bride and groom?
We decided to take a cable car to the top of Mount Misen where the views are spectacular. However, it was a cloudy and rainy day for us so we never got the full effect.
The next day (our last day in Japan) would be spent at Hiroshima's Peace Memorial Park.


Saimi said...

What an amazing trip Julie! I love the culture and of course the tame deer! How fun for you

Valerie said...

I like the effect of the fog, but it would be disappointing not to see everything.

Does your husband speak Japanese? I don't remember what kind of work he does.

Deb said...

Beautiful adventure. So great that you could go with him to Japan!

Connie said...

Such beautiful pictures! What an adventure for both of you!