In between Sasebo and Iwakuni, we stopped at Miyajima for the afternoon. We had several strokes of luck. First, there were two ferries to choose from and we bought the tickets for the JR ferry. This was awesome because the JR ferry has the sea lane that actually makes a wide swing right in front of the floating tori. It was an awesome vantage point! Also, it was high-tide so the tori looked particularly magnificent. Last time I was there, it was low tide and the pilings were visible, which was a little less cool looking.
The shrine was established in the time of Empress Suiko. It is one of the famous "Three views of Japan (日本三景 Nihon Sankei)." These were set forth by Hayashi Gaho in 1643 and include the pine-clad islands of Matushima in Miyagi Prefecture; the pine-clad sandbar of Amanohashidate in Kyoto Prefecture; and Itsukushima Shrine in Hiroshima Prefecture.
|Disgustingly, the deer is drinking from the water fountain. Just like this sign, I bet it would try and eat my|
face if I got close enough!