The Pagodas and Smaller Temples of Miyajima Island

Although Itsukushima Jinja is the most famous of Miyajima’s shrines and temples, the island has several other religious and cultural sites of interest – many of which are nestled among the island’s sleepy back roads:


While walking to or from Itsukushima Jinja, visitors can’t miss the towering five-storied pagoda dedicated to the Buddha of Medicine:


The pagoda’s original statues have been moved to Daiganji temple:


But both the pagoda and the temple are open to visitors, and worth a look if you spend a day (or, better, two days and a night) on Miyajima Island.