Visiting Japan’s Deer Island

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Japan’s Itsukushima island goes by the name of Miyajima aka “Shrine Island,” but many people call it Deer Island instead.

The island has a torii gate that greets visitors (hence the shrine name), but it is also covered in deer, which of course got it the other name.

It’s an extremely scenic spot and can be visited on a day trip from Hiroshima. The island can be seen as a tour but you can also access it and explore on your own using public transportation.

The island has a small town with touristy shops and restaurants and a mountain that can be explored by car or on foot. The Itsukushima Shrine on the island was built back in the 6th century and it still stands today.

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