This morning I started my day by having breakfast at a cafe near the Shinkansen Station. This proved rather problematic as I was faced with walls of bread, not knowing what was hidden within. I ended up having a piece of Veggie pizza and a hash brown. Definitely not the most nutritious meal I’ve had in Japan!
I caught the train to Miyajimaguchi Station which took about 20 minutes, then caught the ferry across to Miyajima Island.
The island was very beautiful and had some gorgeous resident deer (one which took a great big bite out of my map).
I walked around the island for two hours, taking in all its’ beauty and history.
When l was boarding the return ferry, I ran into a couple (Cindie and Noel) who I had met earlier in the day. They asked me to join them on a quick trip to lwakuni to see the Kintai Bridge. The bridge was amazing and I found it difficult to believe it was built in 1673!
l had a quick dinner at an Indian restaurant and am now resting my aching feet!
Daiganji Temple *
Located next to Itsukushima Shrine, Daiganji Temple is an ancient Shingon Buddhist temple with strong ties to Shinto shrines. It used to be in full charge of the repair and construction of temples and shrines including Itsukushima Shrine. Daiganji Temple is dedicated to Benzaiten, the goddess of eloquence, music, and wealth, and enshrines one of the three most famous Benzaiten statues in Japan in addition to many other valuable Buddhist statues.