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Winding road in Banff, Canada
Salt Lake City sunset
My inbox at work.
A quick trip through the Beijing Airport at 6am.
Amazing view of London at night.
beautiful clouds in arizona this evening
Itsukushima, popularly known as Miyajima (宮島), which in Japanese means the Shrine Island, is a must-see stop for anyone going to Japan. It is typically visited as a day trip from Hiroshima, which is less than an hour away by either a combination of ferry and train (via Miyajimaguchi train/ferry station) or a direct ferry from Hiroshima. We stayed overnight, which provided ample opportunity to explore during the day and take in the dusk and dawn from the island. It's very quiet in late evenings and early mornings, when tourists are no longer around.
This is a 181 second long exposure which I took with the help of a Lee Big Stopper Neutral Density Filter, hence the smooth water.
Camera: Pentax K-5 II s
Lens: SIGMA 10-20mm F3.5 EX DC HSM
Settings: ƒ/16.0 - 20.0 mm - 181s - ISO80
We stayed at Hostel Kaniwa one night, and it was a fine little hostel to stay at.
As previously stated in other posts, Miyajima is a bit of a tourist trap so most of it is pretty disappointing. We had a decent dinner at Mametanuki though.
It's easily reached by train from Hiroshima (take a commuter train to Miyajimaguchi, then hop on the ferry and you're there), alternatively you can take a ferry straight from Hiroshima.
Here was our total trip itinerary. https://i.imgur.com/IZTclgq.png I set this trip up to combine a mix of the must-see spots, such as Kyoto, Tokyo and Miyajima, with rural places I had not been to much before (Hakone, Kiso Valley). This because it was the first trip to Japan for my fiancée, and my fourth. A little bit for both of us.
For those interested, here is my album of photos from Japan, and my full photostream. Note that any and all pics can easily be downloaded, just hit the down-pointing arrow at bottom right of the images! :)
Japan Guide to Miyajima/Itsukushima: https://www.japan-guide.com/e/e3450.html
Visit Miyajima's page about the Torii: http://visit-miyajima-japan.com/en/culture-and-heritage/spiritual-heritage-temples-shrines/le-torii-flottant.html
Let me know if you have any questions!
I absolutely loved Miyajima as a kid. Hell, Japan in general was my absolute favorite country to live in growing up. Fantastic shots - brings back lots of memories!
I've not changed the wallpaper on my desktop for over 5 years...until now.
Happy to hear it :D Thanks!