First Stop: Miyajima

The last few days have been a bit depressing for us.

After spending about 14 wonderful days in Japan, it’s back to work… BOOO!!! Well that will fund the next trip..


Our first stop in Japan was Miyajima Island.  It is famous for the giant torii gate and I’m sure you have seen it at some point when you read about Japan.

You can access Miyajima by taking the JR line to Miyajima-guchi station and then take a ferry to the island. There are two companies running the ferry – JR and Matsudai. If you have a JR pass, you won’t need to pay for the JR ferry – which was what we did!

Before we headed over to the island, we decided to have lunch at Ueno Anago Meshi. It is only a couple of minutes aways from the JR Miyajima-guchi station, right next to the underpass (opposite the train station). Anago is conger eel (salt water eel). Anago meshi is conger eel served on top of rice. I love unagi (fresh water eel) and I have tried anago once in Singapore and wasn’t too keen on it as it is different from what I normally have (unagi). I decided to try Anago meshi anyway as it is one of the famous dishes in Miyajima. We have also read many good reviews about it so we were really excited.

We were at Ueno Anago Meshi just after lunch time and it wasn’t so busy so we didn’t have to wait long for a table. While waiting for one, a Japanese family came in and the daughter was so excited. She was telling her mum that this restaurant is famous and it was featured on a tv prog.

When I had my first bite of Ueno’s Anago Meshi, I can understand why it is so popular! It was delicious!  I’m not good at describing tastes so I’ll let my picture do the talking:

Anago Meshi

First meal in Japan: Anago Meshi from Ueno Anago Meshi Restaurant.

After a satisfying meal, we headed off to Miyajima.  The tide was out and the torii gate looks different from what I usually see on the internet. The weather was quite hazy too so I didn’t take any good pictures from the ferry.

Here are some pics I’ve taken of the torii gate from Miyajima.

The tide is out

Otorii gate of Itsukushima Shrine

We stayed overnight at Momijiso Ryokan so was lucky to see the torii gate ‘floating’ the next day.

The family running Momijiso Ryokan was very friendly. The food was good and the room was clean. It’s along the path to Momijidani Park. Our room has a very good view of the path and the koi pond. Occasionally we would see a few dear walking along the path!

Besides Itsukushima Shrine, we also explored Daisho-in. It was very peaceful walking around the shrine and temple. We also saw a few couples taking wedding photos with the torii gate at the background. How very romantic.

We wished we had stayed longer in Miyajima. Maybe next time…

I’ll end this post (abruptly) with some photos taken in Miyajima. You can see more on my flickr site here.



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2 thoughts on “First Stop: Miyajima

  1. Emily

    These photos are absolutely amazing. That little guy at the end is adorable 🙂

  2. Thanks Emily. 🙂 That little guy at the end is Anpan-Man — he has a head made of bun filled with red bean paste! ( He’s very popular in Japan.

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