Miyajima Itsukushima shrine
Miyajima is an island in the Inland Sea of Japan. It is popularly known as Itsukushima, the Shrine Island. Miyajima is a wooded and mountainous island with more deer and monkeys than people. Deer and monkeys roam freely. Deer are considered sacred in the native Shinto religion because they are considered messengers of the gods. This Island's maple trees and blanket the island in crimson in the autumn are renowned throughout Japan. The peak of Mount Misen, at 535 m, is the highest point on the island. Miyajima Ropeway carries visitors to within a 30-minute hike to the top. Popular souvenir is Momiji manju (pastries filled with azuki jam).A style of wooden spoon used to serve cooked rice, is said to have been invented by a monk who lived on the island. This style of spoon is also a popular souvenir.
This shrine is the island's main attraction. According to records, the shrine was established in the time of Empress Suiko. The warrior-courtier Taira no Kiyomori gave the shrine its present form. Toyotomi Hideyoshi built a large building, the Senjo-kaku, on a hill above the shrine. The island of miyajiama, including the waters around it (part of Seto Inland Sea), and are within Setonaikai National Park.