An endless historical treasure trove connected by the maritime Silk Road
The colours of spring flowers, the deep azure of summer, autumnal harvests and fluffy snow in the winter— the land of Hiroshima, a city dedicated to peace.
Now with SilkAir’s direct flight to Hiroshima weekly, it has never been easier to hop on a plane and head to your next adventure in this culturally-rich Japanese city. Whether you’re viewing the autumn leaves in Miyajima or dining on the region’s delicious oysters, there is a trove of unforgettable experiences waiting for you.
1. Miyajima 宮島
Miyajima is one of three scenic views of Japan, and it is also home to the Itsukushima Shrine—a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1996. The allure of this island and its famed shrine stems from the cultural belief that it is the place where God dwells, and the scenery combined with the vermillion-lacquered shrine building—green forest on the back and the blue sea, aptly brings out the Japanese sense of beauty.
The shrine itself has many structures that are considered national treasures, and depending on which season you pop by, the changing tides and scenery add to the mysticism of this site.
While you’re there, don’t forget to check out Daisho-in Temple, the oldest temple in Miyajima, a popular destination for Buddhist pilgrims. Take a hike up Mt Misen to catch the sunrise or sunset, and be rewarded with magnificent views from the summit. Also, catch a traditional Bugaku dance performance, accompanied by dancers in colourful costumes and intricate masks, known as bugakumen.
Learn more about Miyajima here.