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Firewalking at Miyajima 2018

October 29, 2018 by Matt Mangham

Japan has a slew of fire rituals, the most famous of which being Kyoto’s famous Daimonji Festival. These festivals, leveraging ancient notions of purification and renewal, continue to draw people even in the modern world. In Hiroshima, November offers two chances for visitors to experience ‘Hiwatari,’ or firewalking. The first is at Daiganji and the […]

Miyajima’s Daisho-in Temple near Hiroshima

December 22, 2017 by Matt Mangham

January is a wonderful month to make a trip to Miyajima. Whether you’re heading out early in the month for the year’s first ‘hatsumoude’ visit to the island’s World Heritage Itsukushima Shrine, or stopping by mid-month for the shrine’s Tondo festival, make sure not to miss out on another of Miyajima’s best spots. Daisho-in Temple: […]

Daisho-In Temple: the alternative to Itsukushima Shrine on Miyajima

September 13, 2017 by Jade Brischke

It may not be as famous as Itsukushima Shrine, but Daisho-In Temple on Miyajima is just as beautiful and to let you in on a secret, it’s actually my favourite. When I go to Miyajima, I bypass Itsukushima (and the crowds!) and head straight for Daisho-In. Unlike shrines, which are Shinto, temples in Japan are […]

‘Jewels of the Sea’ Miyajima Oyster Festival near Hiroshima

January 23, 2017 by Jade Brischke

Although Hiroshima is famous for its oysters throughout the year, it is during winter, in the coldest month of February that they’re at their best.  Sure you can go to a famous restaurant or oyster bar in Hiroshima to enjoy them, but for something more fun (and definitely cheaper!), why not brave the cold and […]

Under the Sea at Miyajima Aquarium in Hiroshima

January 17, 2017 by Jade Brischke

Hiroshima is famous for having access to both the mountains and the ocean and as a result, has bountiful produce to eat as you enjoy the scenery. Miyajima Aquarium is a prime example. Just last week I visited and found myself face-to-face with beautiful underwater scenes. As for the food, let’s just say although you can […]

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