Hiroshima to Miyajima Day Trip | Japan Solo Travel 2017

June 08, 2017


As previously mentioned in my Hiroshima travel post, Miyajima was not in my original itinerary but the 1 Day Streetcar and Ferry Pass made travelling from Hiroshima to Miyajima worth my yen (¥840 instead of ¥960 if bought seperately). I didn't do much research regarding Miyajima; other than it being an island off Hiroshima, I knew particularly nothing about Miyajima but being clueless is how I travel solo. I only knew I wanted to see one of the three views of JapanItsukushima Shrine — for myself.


I slept the entire train journey from Genbaku-Domu Mae Station to Miyajimaguchi Station because I was absolutely exhausted from all the intense solo travelling and my first overnight bus. Since Miyajimaguchi Station is the last station, where everyone gets off, I wasn't too worried about missing my stop.

With my luck, my earrings fell off (again!!!!!!!!!!) when I was sleeping. Thankfully, I had a pair of back up so I hurriedly unpacked when I reached Miyajimaguchi Station, and got a kind Japanese shopkeeper to put it on for me. Yes, I am a loser who can't figure out how to put in my own earrings, even till today. *Hangs my head in shame*


Had wanted to get a fortune-telling strip but unfortunately, I don't know my blood type... I'm the only person I know who still don't know my blood type and am too scared to find out. I'm aware that this post makes me sound like a whiny scaredy-cat but I'm just really afraid of needles!


I'm a sucker for fortune telling gimmicks even though the readings are always kinda general — I relish in that fleeting moment of feigned control I have over my future. Japan almost got me declaring bankrupcy because of the abundance of fortune telling gimmicks!

Continued looking for souvenirs for my family and friends in the souvenir shop right in front of Miyajimaguchi Station, the same shop that sucked the last of my yen. I highly underestimated how expensive Japan can be, and it was glaringly obvious that I'd run out of yen by the time I reach Tokyo, my next stop.


My stomach was growling but I couldn't afford a proper meal in a restaurant setting; we all know how exorbitant a proper meal costs in Japan. No matter, I hunted for food for street food around Miyajimaguchi Station because I wasn't sure how long the Matsudai ferry ride would take.

Unlike Kyoto or Osaka, most of the menu in Hiroshima / Miyajima were in Japanese although it was obviously a tourist spot so I resorted to stores where I could point out what I want. Eventually, I only got a fried crab stick for ¥320 (approx SGD $4) just so I could keep my gastric pains from acting up. #budgettravels


The Matsudai ferry ride to Miyajima took a total of 15 minutes maximum, including boarding and alighting. I initially wanted feel the breeze against my face by the ferry deck but the winds were unforgiving so I hurriedly retreated in, where I found a whole row of seats to myself despite the fact that it was a public holiday in Japan.




Imagine my surprise when I saw deers! It felt as if I was transported to Nara Park, which I had to miss because I wanted to stop over at Hiroshima instead. I had absolutely no idea these tame deers roam freely around Miyajima as well.


The deers on Miyajima were once worshipped as messengers of Japanese gods, and they depend on the food offered by locals and tourists from time to time. However, the deers are apparently strving to death now that we're not allowed to feed them officially anymore. I didn't see any stalls selling food for the deers anyore, although I noticed that some tourists still feed them with leftovers.

Everything in Japan is cute, including their roadside stalls!






My itchy fingers obviously wanted an ornacle, but they're all written in Japanese.


Miyajima was considerably more massive than I expected it to be, and I had to utilise Google Maps to find my way to Itsukushima Shrine. Couldn't resist entering these shops along Omotesando Shopping Street because they had such adorable Japan souvenirs for sale!



Oh Japan, you know the way to my heart!


















Miyajima is famous for their momiji manju, a steamed bun shaped like a Japanese maple leaf. Momiji manju is traditionally filled with red bean, but there has been an increase in the varieties of flavours available like chocolate, cheese and cream.


Red bean momiji manju




After a short walk along Omotesando Shopping Street, consisting of me constantly darting in and out of shops for warmth, I finally reached the famed floating torii gate of Itsukushima Shrine.

When travelling solo, you just have to pose with some tourists to pretend you have friends LOL

Waiting for tourists to get out of my photo be like...

After this photo, I fell down immediately


The floating torii gate of Itsukushima Shrine, spotted only during high tides, was underwhelming for me, to be honest. Maybe my expectations killed the experience because I approached the shrine expecting to be blown away by Itsukushima Shrine's majestic appearance, as raved by many other travel bloggers I read.



The winter winds were strong and brutal — exactly the reason winter is my favourite season.






Itsukushima Shrine

Address
Japan, 〒739-0588 Hiroshima Prefecture, Hatsukaichi, 宮島町1−1
 
Opening hours
6:30am to 6:00pm
(May change depending on the season)

Entrance fee
¥300 (SGD $3.75)
¥500 (SGD $6.25) for combined entry with Treasure Hall



Unfortunately, I made the decision to not visit Itsukushima Shrine or Treasure Hill because I was running very low on Japanese yen so I spent most of my time taking photos around Miyajima instead.

















The sun started setting at around 3:30pm since it was winter. I hurriedly prepared to leave Miyajima as the Singaporean in me started panicking. I stupidly assumed it was already 6pm since that's the time sun sets in Singapore. It was best for me to leave early anyway, since my overnight bus from Hiroshima to Tokyo departs at 7:35pm.










Goodbye Miyajima, you've been awesome.

If I were to travel to Miyajima again, I'd definitely opt to stay in a hotel there so I can shoot a time lapse of Japan's marvelous sunset against the torii gates of Itsukushima Shrine.







Miyajimaguchi Station at sunset


The journey back from Miyajimaguchi Station to Hiroshima Station took about an hour. I was thoroughly amused (and my body, frequently confused) by how the skies were completely dark by 5pm.



When I got back to Hiroshima, I immediately proceeded to Bic Camera, one of Japan's biggest electronic stores, to get my travel adapter and cables so I could charge my devices on the overnight bus. Bic Camera is gigantic so to secure the cheapest deals, you'll have to walk around a bit to check out what are the best promotions around. Because I was in a rush, I briskly picked out the first things I saw and subsequently realised I paid more than 5x the amount. Sigh.



Dropped by the supermarket near Hiroshima JR Station to get some cheap bread that would sustain me the 13 hour journey from Hiroshima to Tokyo on the Willer Express overnight bus.

Goodbye, Hiroshima! I'll definitely be back in the future :)

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  2. Do u encounter any language barrier ?
    I think u look younger with spec...haha just my opinion.

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