Audio-guide for tourists’ spots in Miyajima - a prideful island of Hiroshima, having a World Heritage Site-
Miyajima/Itsukushima Shrine Area Guide
Miyajima, a prideful island of Hiroshima, hosts one of the World Heritage Sites in Japan. The island is called as “an island of God” from the ancient times. Its World Heritage Site "Itsukushima Shrine" was first built in 593. At the time of Emppress Suiko, the first female ruler of Japan. Time passed and in the 9th centuries, Kukai, the founder of the Shingon school of Buddhism, visited the island and founded a temple on the top of Mt.Misen for his religious practices. In the mid 12th centuries, Taira no Kiyomori, the top 'Bushi' of the time, drove forward the big reform of the Itsukushima Shrine.
As the times changed, historically famous figures like Pope Goshirakawa, Priest Ippen, and Bushi Ashikaga Yoshimitsu continued to visit the shrine.
In the mid to late 16th centuries, during the Sengoku period, Mori Motonari, the lord of Hiroshima rebuilt the pavilion. Furthermore, Toyotomi Hideyoshi, Japan’s second great unifier, visited the island founding the Senjokaku Hall near the shrine.
More recently, Miyajima has become a tourism spot loved by people all over the world, that even Einstein and Helen Keller came here and climbed up the mountain.