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RepoMan 2010-10-05 11:19

Japan Travelogue Vol. 3: Miyajima
 
We boarded a train and ferry to the island of Miyajima, home of the Itsukushima Shrine. The red structure is a torii, an entrance to a Shinto shrine. This torii is in the water (during high tide) because the island shrine is accessed from the water.

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4086/...9413f31c31.jpgDSC_0241 by RepoMan84, on Flickr

Our room at the Miyajima Grand Hotel:

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4089/...627f2bb7dd.jpgDSC_0247 by RepoMan84, on Flickr

One course of an amazing dinner. That fish was looking at me the whole time.

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4131/...1bd2d472da.jpgMiyajima Dinner by RepoMan84, on Flickr

After dinner we went out to check out the island at night.

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4130/...3469d7cf38.jpgDSC_0277 by RepoMan84, on Flickr

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4150/...c65d7ba604.jpgDSC_0259 by RepoMan84, on Flickr

After an equally amazing breakfast, we left to explore the island.

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4086/...2777b27d75.jpgMiyajima Breakfast by RepoMan84, on Flickr

There are tame deer everywhere.

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4089/...aaf95e372f.jpgDSC_0297 by RepoMan84, on Flickr

And vending machines, of course.

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4131/...de23e4e023.jpgDSC_0300 by RepoMan84, on Flickr

If I still wasn't sure I was really far from home, Miyajima kind of clinched it.

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4152/...c5da713fff.jpgDSC_0305 by RepoMan84, on Flickr

Path around the Daisho-in Temple

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4132/...bd3936def8.jpgDSC_0316 by RepoMan84, on Flickr

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4130/...e935802828.jpgDSC_0327 by RepoMan84, on Flickr

Here you'd pour water on the statues' heads in prayer. The toys, as far as I know, signify that these are probably prayers for children who have died.

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4133/...76a06bdc97.jpgDSC_0332 by RepoMan84, on Flickr

This area reverberated with the sound of Shinto drumming and prayer.

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4105/...2d6d19ed4c.jpgDSC_0346 by RepoMan84, on Flickr

Video

Ringing the bell (video)

It burns.

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4103/...54aa1222b9.jpgDSC_0362 by RepoMan84, on Flickr

The torii gate at low tide:

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4150/...ff4f8e1cb9.jpgDSC_0389 by RepoMan84, on Flickr

The five-storied pagoda at the shrine:

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4092/...31cf36692a.jpgDSC_0400 by RepoMan84, on Flickr

Me and my sister, taken by the extremely nice bus driver at the ferry station.

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4145/...3f258e603a.jpgDSC_0403 by RepoMan84, on Flickr

Chasing Bambi:

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4087/...33fc79fbe4.jpgDSC_0406 by RepoMan84, on Flickr

On the ferry, the torii gate far in the background.

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4151/...a62531d661.jpgDSC_0412 by RepoMan84, on Flickr

Video

Back to the station in Hiroshima to board the Shinkansen for Kyoto. Most ticket holders would go through the automatic turnstiles, but I had a tourist rail pass so I'd have to show it to the guys on the left.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/repoman...7624969381080/

A map so you could pick out exactly which toilet you'd like to use, then know how to get there.

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4125/...598203ca86.jpgDSC_0417 by RepoMan84, on Flickr

The Shinkansen arrives, right on time and right on the dime (video)

Next up, Volume 4. Check in to future in the capsule hotel, Kyoto.


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