Thursday, March 3, 2011

Miyajima Moments

Our last full day in Japan we took a trip to Miyajima, aka Itsukushima which is an island off Hiroshima.  Thanks to JR Rail passes, we were able to take the train and a ferry for no additional cost.  From the ferry, we walked along the water toward the famous torii gate in the water.  The torii stands in front of the Itsukushima Shrine where we were lucky to see a service in process as the Shinto priests moved from shrine to shrine.  You are not permitted to photograph the actual service but I was able to catch the priests on the move.

Here are my pictures.  One of the wonderful things is how the torii in the water changes color from red to almost a yellow as you see it from different angles with different light.

From the ferry boat

On the walk toward the Shrine

Love this poster!

Restaurant on the walk toward Itsukushima Shrine (love the spoon)

The Torii viewed from the walk

View from the front

Entry to Itsukushima Shrine

Itsukushima Shrine Pagoda

The Torii from the Itsukushima Shrine

another view of Itsukushima Shrine

Itsukushima Shrine

Shinto Priests on the move

At the Itsukushima Shrine

View of Torii from other side of Itsukushima Shrine

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