Friday, 22 April 2011

Taking A Ferry To Miyajima

Once upon a time,we got a couple of JR Passes between us and decided to travel the length and breadth of Japan in a week or two. Granted, we weren't able to cover as much as we would like to, but we sure had fun using it, not only on numerous JR trains but also taking ferries. And one ferry JR Pass covers is the ferry  to Miyajima. And to Miyajima we head to one sunny day in 2008. We got lucky with the weather on the day we set out to Miyajima because it rained the whole day, the day before.
At Miyajimaguchi Station,before exiting and heading to the ferry terminal. Ferries depart every 10 minutes (170yen) and the JR ferries are covered by JR Pass. Don't accidentally take the Matsudai ferries if you have JR Pass!

Exit the station and just follow the sign, and you won't get lost trying to find the terminal.
Boarding the ferry.
It's sure windy on the deck of the ferry! But who wouldn't be up there for choice spot to take photos upon approaching Miyajima, instead of sitting warmly inside?
What do you think of when there's a mention of Miyajima?My first thought was of the floating torii gate of Itsukushima Shrine. I've never posted anything about the shrine or much about the island the year we visited it, so I should rectify it and put up a post soon, shouldn't I?

38 comments:

  1. It is a beautiful place and must be a thrill ariving by ferry.

    Japan Australia

    ReplyDelete
  2. @Japan Australia,
    It a a nice trip, and our Son got the opportunity to get on a water transportation. :)

    ReplyDelete
  3. Vey beautiful photos. I have never been there. I would like to go there very much. I envy you.

    ReplyDelete
  4. @minor,
    Thanks.:)

    Well, you can always go and take a trip there. ;)

    ReplyDelete
  5. Miyajima, ooo... remind me of deer.

    ReplyDelete
  6. @Tobio,
    And those deers will be in my next post. :)

    Stay tuned and stay commenting.

    ReplyDelete
  7. Those JR passes are so cool. We travelled to Iwakuni -> Kurashiki -> Kyoto when my parents visited. I had to buy a ticket each time but my parents just glided through.

    As for Miyajima, it's a nice place. You have to be careful of the deer poo though.

    ReplyDelete
  8. @kyushudan,
    Yup, absolutely love the JR Pass and the convenience of having one. There's so much freedom with them and we were able to be stupid and get ourselves lost a lot with it. :p

    Hahaha... thanks for the remind about the poo. Duly noted. XD

    ReplyDelete
  9. your pictures of the shrine reminds me of my hubby's trip to Hiroshima several years ago.

    ReplyDelete
  10. @LR,
    You didn't go with him?

    ReplyDelete
  11. nice post...i read your post first time i am really impress...i share this with my friends on my website...thanks

    ReplyDelete
  12. Miyajima is a really beautiful place... the fireworks display in August is also superb...

    ReplyDelete
  13. @Beware...
    Really? Why, thanks. ;)

    ReplyDelete
  14. @Lrong,
    I must see the firework someday. It must be a sight to see. :)

    ReplyDelete
  15. I never been to these places..except those in the tour package...

    ReplyDelete
  16. @reanaclaire,
    What places have you visited with your tour group while vacationing in Japan? :)

    ReplyDelete
  17. i must b one of the few bloggers never been to Japan :)

    ReplyDelete
  18. @Bengbeng,
    No lah... There are a few out there yet to reach Japan. I hope you guys get to visit Japan someday!

    And I am one of the few who has yet been to other popular destinations favoured by Malaysians - Australia, Europe...

    ReplyDelete
  19. I don't remember much of the rest of the island except that it was green. That was 15 years ago.

    ReplyDelete
  20. @sixmats,
    Wow! That long ago. How long have you been in Japan?

    Not very green when we were there, because it's still cold. ^^

    I want to see the island when it's golden. :)

    ReplyDelete
  21. I do not enjoy any form of water transportation. My ferry ride in year 2009 was a horrible experience. Bad case of motion sickness due to choppy sea conditions.

    ReplyDelete
  22. @Mei Teng,
    Yeah, taking one during bad sea condition is not something I want to experience too!

    ReplyDelete
  23. Nice timing with the tide! And that last photo is amazing! ^^)b

    I never timed it well - both times I went it was low tide and couldn't be bothered to wait for it to rise again for any good shots... ;P
    That and the weather was pretty horrendous both times. BOO!
    But I did see a wedding the second time! YAY!

    ReplyDelete
  24. Impressive torii gate, I hv watched how the Jap refurbished it through Discovery Channel! Not easy though since the tides has its timing and will disrupt the process, imagine how the olden days ppl built it, cool man!!

    ReplyDelete
  25. I was supposed to travel in a ferry during my Hong Kong trip but I did not cos no time! Grrr! Must go Hong Kong again just to sit that ferry!

    ReplyDelete
  26. Ooh! I love that floating torii gate! Nice!

    ReplyDelete
  27. How come you still got so many things to post on your past Japan trips? Looks like your Japan posts are longer than all my travels combined! Haha!!

    ReplyDelete
  28. @Ri,
    We were just lucky - with the weather & the tide.

    You like the last photo? Thanks! I love it too. ^^

    ReplyDelete
  29. @Alice,
    Totally, it must not been easy in olden times and that what makes this and any other architecture impressive. The craftsmanship, the ardous procees, the labour that go through building a monument.

    ReplyDelete
  30. @foong,
    LOL.I guess that's true. I have back posts longer than yours! Backdated since 2006!!!!! XD

    I used to post just snippets of the trip and now that I know more about Japan, I think it'll be nicer to post about every single place we visited in detail. Didn't think anyone would care to read about them a few years back. ^^

    ReplyDelete
  31. @foong,
    You didn't get on the ferry while vacationing in HK? I'm better than you then. I got on the ferry! LOL

    But choppy water so a bit "pening". It was fun though, and that ferry ride in HK was cheap to boot! Definitely have to revisit HK and get on that ferry, foong! :)

    ReplyDelete
  32. I have heard so much about the JR pass. I was planning for a long trip to Japan. Now I have to put it on hold.

    ReplyDelete
  33. Japan is such a beautiful country with wonderful citizens. I wish them the best and that they will get back on their feet soonest.

    ReplyDelete
  34. @ECL,
    And tourists can help the residents of Japan by not shunning the country altogether. :)

    ReplyDelete
  35. Ferry trips are truly enjoyable as you get to see stunning sceneries and can enjoy cool breeze. Ferries(promy) plying across the English Channel are also quite popular for travellers visiting Europe and the British Isles.

    ReplyDelete
  36. @Andrew,
    I agree. And we can enjoy the scenery in leisure too.That is if the water is not too choppy! :)

    Thanks for commenting.

    ReplyDelete
  37. Nope, i didn't tag along. :( but i'm sure there's always a next time. :)

    ReplyDelete
  38. @LR,
    That's right. :) And he can be your guide next time too. :)

    ReplyDelete

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...