Machiya Street
Yamabe no Komichi St.
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Exploring the Streets

Itsukushima Shrine and Mt. Misen are not the only attractions in Miyajima. If you take a stroll around the island, you will notice how every street in Miyajima has its own atmosphere and scenery, and will discover new attractions in streets rich in nature, tranquil streets offering fine views, streets with old houses, streets bustling with people, and busy streets with many stores.
Yamabe no Komichi St.
Yamabe no Komichi St.

Yamabe no Komichi St.

This is the oldest approach to Itsukushima Shrine in Miyajima, where visitors to the shrine walked when the present front approach was still under the ocean. It starts from a slope of Mt. Yogai, and once you reach the top of this slope, you will be able to view the vermilion-painted Otorii (Grand Gate), the Five-Storied Pagoda, and a stretch of roof tops. While walking along the approach, you will also discover other sights such as a female relief statue enshrined in mud walls, Chichijizo, (“jizo” is a statue of the guardian deity of children), as well as Seishintsurii (a well dug in 1784).
Chichijizo (A statue of the guardian deity of children), Seishintsurii (a well dug in 1784), Female Relief Statue
Seishintsurii (a well dug in 1784)
Seishintsurii
(a well dug in 1784)
Female Relief Statue
Female Relief Statue
Chichijizo (A statue of the guardian deity of children)
Chichijizo (A statue of the guardian deity of children)

Taki Shoji rd.

Taki Shoji rd.
Taki Shoji rd.
Taki Shoji rd is a gentle slope stretching from Itsukushima Shrine to Daishoin. It used to be inhabited by priests of Itsukushima Shrine, lined with the houses of "tanamori," "shokei" and "monomoshi," (three most distinguished priests who were heads of Itsukushima Shrine), in addition to the lodgings of priestesses and Daishoin priests.

Machiya Street

Machiya Street
Machiya Street
Being reclaimed in the early Edo period, Machiya Street was the main street of Miyajima at its height, called Honmachi Suji in those days. Today, the street is home to hotels, stores, and galleries blending traditional and modern architectural styles.


Omotesando (Front Approach)

Omotesando (Front Approach)
Omotesando
(Front Approach)
The Omotesando shopping street is the liveliest place in Miyajima and is visited by most tourists. It is about 350 meters long, stretching almost in a straight line to Ishidorii (a torii made of stone) where you can see Otorii (Grand Gate).
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