Torii or Torii gate in the mist (Photo: Suwannee Payne)

Reminiscing About Miyajima

A small romantic Island

Torii or Torii gate in the mist (Photo: Suwannee Payne)
Suwannee Payne   - 2 min read

In our lifetime are there any phases of time that are important to you? Your birthday, graduation, the day you fall in love, your wedding day and honeymoon. Ah.. honeymoon, the sweetest time. One very romantic place for a honeymoon will be forever in my mind.

My honeymoon was 26 years ago, but still seems like yesterday.

Miyajima island was beautiful 26 years ago and will always be as beautiful in my heart. Allow me to tell you my old story.

The day we (me and my partner) arrived in Hiroshima, the sky was cloudy and rainy. We were wandering around town in the rain. We visited the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and spent a long time there. During that time, we tried to decide whether we should go to Miyajima. The weather forecast called for rain for another 2–3 days. Luckily, we decided to visit Miyajima the next morning. Otherwise we would be sorry for a long, long time.

Miyajima is a small Island located within Hiroshima Bay, not far from Hiroshima City. It takes about 55 minutes on the ferry from the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park. That morning we caught the early ferry, intending to spend all day in Miyajima.

Upon approaching Miyajima, the picture in front was overwhelming, with the Torii gate floating in the sea—well, at that moment, I should say standing in the sand at low tide. Before anything we hurried to get down to the Torii and spent a lot of time walking around. Opportunities like this are really up to the sea.

Miyajima Island offers a number of places to visit. We chose to walk up Mt. Misen. The trail starts at Daisho-in, a very old and historic Temple. The trail’s setting through a beautiful forest, full of trees and moss covered rocks. Among drizzle droplets and light fog, we took time soaking up the scenery. It was an unforgettable 2 hours.

Before leaving Miyajima, we had an opportunity to view the torii one more time. The floating torii view is a memorable scene. We promised each other we will come back, to be at the place we used to hold hands admiring the torii.

Suwannee Payne

Suwannee Payne @suwannee.payne

I am a Thai woman who has spent half of her life in beautiful Ottawa, capital city of Canada. I enjoy crafting, gardening, photography, bicycle touring and my new found love blogging. You can visit my blog (In Thai) at here It is a beautiful site. The name Ban Suanporpeang means 'Humble little...