Trash The Lens

Journeys and photos

Japanese Cliché

The floating torii of Miyajima is an obvious must-see in Japan being a UNESCO World Heritage Site and all that. We got there early in the afternoon, at low tide, spent the whole afternoon watching the water slowly rise and then a better part of the evening. The sunset was definitely the most spectacular moment there.

I hoped the torii would be nicely illuminated after the sun went down but in fact it was quite disappointing. It is lit, but with just a couple of floodlights from the shore. Instead of emphasizing the wonderful shape, they make the torii look flat and uninteresting. There are also tourist boats cruising around all the time spoiling the view even further.


The good news is: Japan Rail Pass is accepted on ferries sailing between Hiroshima and Miyajima. (2011-07-30 Miyajima, Japan)