Miyajima (the "shrine island") is how the Itsukushima island in the Seto inland sea near Hiroshima is popularly known. It is part of the city of Hatsukaichi in the Hiroshima prefecture. The island and the sea around Miyajima are within Setonaikai National Park. The island is mountainous and sparsely settled. It has an elementary school and a middle school and is connected by the JR West and Miyajima Matsudai Tourist ferries to the mainland.
The whole island is a holy area: there are no delivery rooms nor cemetery on the island because giving birth or dying is not allowed on Miyajima. Trees may not be cut (and as a consequence Miyajima is covered by virgin forest) and animals may not be killed. Wild but tame deer, the messengers of the gods in Shinto religion, move around the island freely and so do monkeys on top of Misen, at 535m the island's highest mountain.

01 Miyajimaguchi dancer statue 02 Ferry to Miyajima 03 Panoramic view of Itsukushima island 04 View of island and shrine
05 Pedestrian area in front of ferry terminal 06 Pedestrian area in front of ferry terminal 07 Wild tame deer 08 Wild tame deer 09 Wild tame deer
10 Tree lined path to shrine 11 Tree lined path to shrine 12 Miyajima city 13 Miyajima city and ferry terminal 14 Miyajima city and ferry terminal
15 Sunset view of bay 16 Sunset view of bay 17 Miyajima bay after sunset 18 Street with shops at night
19 Street with shops at night 20 Souvenir shops at night 21 Souvenir shops at night 22 Grilled oysters 23 Cookies and sweets shop at night
24 Torii gate and Mount Misen
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