Visit Miyajima high tide times: Things to do on Miyajima at low tide in one day. Backpacking Japan

This guide to Miyajima tide times goes along with this list of best things to do on Miyajima island.

 

Visit Miyajima high tide times. High tide or low tide, which is better worth it? Backpacking Japan

Okay, so on the surface, it would seem like Miyajima at high tide beats out Miyajima at low tide.

And maybe it does.

 

I mean…

 

Miyajima at high tide…

Visit Miyajima high tide times. Floating torii shrine gate. Itsukushima shrine. Backpacking Japan

Visit Miyajima high tide times. Itsukushima shrine. Backpacking Japan

 

Miyajima at low tide…

Visit Miyajima high tide times. (Non) Floating torii shrine gate at low tide. Itsukushima shrine. Backpacking Japan

Visit Miyajima high tide times. Itsukushima shrine at low tide. Backpacking Japan

 

Which is prettier? 😉

But good thing we are not superficial people. 😉

 

In an ideal world, you have a full day on Miyajima so you will be on the island for both high tide and low tide.

So then your day trip from Hiroshima to Miyajima would look like this:

  • Get to Miyajima in the morning
  • See the torii at low tide
  • Go for the Mount Misen hike for amazing views
  • Head back to the now floating torii where you will find it to be high tide and a seemingly magical transformation!

Or if you are on Miyajima when it’s high tide in the morning and low tide in the afternoon… the opposite!

 

 

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When is high tide on Miyajima and when is low tide?!

Visit Miyajima high tide times. Floating torii shrine gate. Itsukushima shrine. Backpacking Japan

This varies day to day.

So…

 

Check the Miyajima tide schedule before you go

Visit Miyajima high tide times. When is Miyajima tide schedule. Backpacking Japan

You can check this website for the current day’s high tide and low tide times, and there’s also a calendar so you can check future individual dates. That’s the tide time website that the Miyajima tourism department refers to.

Visit Miyajima high tide times schedule today. Backpacking Japan

Itsukushima refers to Miyajima island.

You can also more easily check future dates in one look by checking this website. You can scroll down, and click on the month you want to look at (1 through 12). It will list the tide times for the entire calendar month.

Visit Miyajima high tide times schedule this month calendar. Backpacking Japan

The first column is the date of the month. In the other columns you can see the time of high tide and low tide, and the other numbers next to the time of day indicate the water level in cm.

 

Okay, so you’ve checked the tide times…

What if your itinerary is only allowing you a couple of hours on Miyajima (better than nothing!) and you won’t be able to stick around for the high tide time?

 

Well, low tide can give you a special experience too!

Visit Miyajima high tide times. Is low tide worth it? Things to do on Miyajima. Backpacking Japan

 

Here is a quick list of things that you can’t do when Miyajima is at high tide!

 

1. Walk to the torii shrine gate

Visit Miyajima high tide times. Things to do in Miyajima low tide times that's worth it: Walk to (non) floating torii shrine gate. Itsukushima shrine. Backpacking Japan.

 

2. Get up close and personal with the torii

Visit Miyajima high tide times. Things to do in Miyajima low tide times that's worth it: Walk to (non) floating torii shrine gate. Itsukushima shrine. Backpacking Japan.

 

3. Touch the torii

Visit Miyajima high tide times. Things to do in Miyajima low tide times that's worth it: Walk to and touch (non) floating torii shrine gate. Itsukushima shrine. Backpacking Japan.

 

4. Put a coin in the torii

Visit Miyajima high tide times. Things to do in Miyajima low tide times that's worth it: Walk to (non) floating torii shrine gate, coins. Itsukushima shrine, coins. Backpacking Japan.

Visit Miyajima high tide times. Things to do in Miyajima low tide times that's worth it: Walk to (non) floating torii shrine gate, coins. Itsukushima shrine. Backpacking Japan.

 

And finally, there is more to Miyajima than just the floating torii at high tide!

If you can’t get to the floating torii at high tide, the next best thing on Miyajima are the views at the Mount Misen summit!

 

Hike

Visit Miyajima high tide times. Other best things to do in Miyajima in one day: Mount Misen summit hike. Backpacking Japan

 

Observatory

Visit Miyajima high tide times. Other best things to do in Miyajima in one day: Mount Misen observatory. Backpacking Japan

 

Ropeway

Visit Miyajima high tide times. Other best things to do in Miyajima in one day: Mount Misen ropeway. Backpacking Japan

 

Plan your trip to Miyajima

For more details on planning your trip to Miyajima, have a look at this perfect one day Miyajima itinerary!

And here’s how to get to Miyajima by ferry.

 

Visit Miyajima high tide times. Floating torii shrine gate. Itsukushima shrine. Backpacking Japan

HAPPY MIYAJIMA TIDE PLANNING!

 



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