Monday, April 27, 2009


Luckily, We moved on (quickly) from Hiroshima, and spent an afternoon and a full day on the beautiful island of Miyajima. Miyajima is famous for the Itsukushima Shrine and its submerged Torii gate. When we arrived it was low tide so people were digging for oysters around the Torii.
The hotel that we stayed at was awesome. We were four to a room and slept on tatami mats and drank tea.
They served us a very traditional Japanese dinner.
And we all dressed up in our robes!! After dinner, the girls went downstairs to the public bath. In Japan, it is common to go to public baths, which is esentially a large bathtub that you share. I don't have any pics of that ;)
This morning, we visited the Itsukushima Shrine. Luckily, it was high tide and the Torii was semi-submerged.The shrine was amazing...floating above the water!

Some deer napping :)

We took a gondola up the side of the mountain.

Beautiful views!!
And monkeys!
And some very nosy deer ;) (It was trying to eat Karen's ice cream!)

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