I woke up fairly early and looked out the window to see what we were in for. Outside was something white, which I took for a cat at first. Then it got up and I thought it was a fox. When I got a closer look I realised it wasn’t that either, and discovered it to be a Japanese Raccoon (Tanuki) and that it had its friend there as well!
When we went down to the kitchen for breakfast, someone was at the door to the garden and a deer and the brown Tanuki were right there looking for a feed. The white one came along, too, later on:
It was another wet day, but we decided to go and do some sight-seeing regardless.
This crab ran across the road in front of me. It looks like it has a smilie on its back:
Our first stop for the day was Itsukushima Shrine. It opens early so I thought we’d get there before the tourists. I thought wrong! It is built right on the water. The tide was out, so you can’t see the floating effect at this stage.
The tide was on its way in, so you can see the Great Tori ‘floating’ in the water. It actually just sits in the ground under its own weight.
We walked around the Shrine a little more and then out the back and past the Treasure hall etc:
We then headed up toward Daishoin Temple because we’d heard good things about it and didn’t want to go all that far, with the weather being so crappy.
The temple is a big complex with lots of little temples and shrines and statues and pagodas. It was free, which came as a surprise. We spent quite a while there exploring. I really liked it!
We then headed back towards town.
We stopped at the Five Storied Pagoda…:
And the Hokoku Shrine which is right next to it.
I loved the Shrine – it’s a huge wooden structure with paintings hanging off the ceilings and open walls:
We wandered towards ‘town’:
We wanted to try some oysters, which Miyajima is famous for. We tried a few different versions. It ended up being an expensive lunch, but oh well…we both love oysters!
As we wandered around a little more, Ela saw this cute little garden out the back of one of the tourist shops:
We could see the Peace Dome across the harbour:
We walked along the promenade some more and saw this deer right on the edge!
And more statues and gates and of course, the Great Tori:
Now that the tide was in, I wanted to take more photos of the Shrine ‘floating’ on the water:
We wandered around some more towards a ‘nature trail’ I wanted to wander through. On the way we went past one of the many bakeries. It was interesting to watch the machine make the cakes:
The nature walk was very pretty and had some nice views:
We went back to the Guest House and had a bit of a rest (I worked on my blog, again) while it rained. Ela then wanted to find something as a gift for Corey, so we headed back into ‘town’ to find the shop. We walked around and around and here and there and couldn’t find it again, so we bought it elsewhere. Since we’d done all that trudging, we decided to stop for coffee and cake. It was quite yummy!
It was getting late and the deer had bedded down and the Great Tori had to be photographed in this light, since the sun was starting to come out (now that we were just about to leave!):
We went back to the Guest House again for another rest and then back down for sunset, since it looked like it might be worthwhile. I got a few nice shots:
We then headed to dinner at a different place. We tried burdock chips which we’d never even heard of before, along with my ramen and Ela’s oysters and salad. It was nothing great, but not too expensive either. And it’s not like there’s a great lot of choice…
It was dark when we got out and I had my tripod on me (learnt my lesson!) and so I took some photos of the illuminated Tori:
And then back to the Guest House for the last time.