Okay, so on the surface, it would seem like Miyajima at high tide beats out Miyajima at low tide.
And maybe it does.
Miyajima at high tide…
Miyajima at low tide…
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!
End of 2019 note: Miyajima shrine torii gate construction
Currently there is ongoing construction on THE famous icon of Miyajima – you can’t see the red torii gate in its famous iconic state because it’s all covered. At the moment it seems that this construction may continue through the beginning of summer 2020. So if THE reason you’re going to Miyajima is because of the torii gate… you might reconsider making the trip. That said… Is the torii gate the ONLY reason to go to Miyajima?! Certainly it’s a big reason to go to Miyajima! But, what are some things you can see that don’t involve the torii gate?! Deer, the temple, high tide vs low tide at the part of the shrine you can visit, and… one of the most scenic views in Japan! See more on things to do in Miyajima.
When is high tide on Miyajima and when is low tide?!
This varies day to day.
Check the Miyajima tide schedule before you go
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.
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.
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.
And one more website outside what the official Miyajima websites use…
This tide chart for Itsukushima might be your preferred way to check the graph with what might be a way to better see tide times at a quick glance.
So, you’ve got options. 😉
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!
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
2. Get up close and personal with the torii
3. Touch the torii
4. Put a coin in the torii
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!
Plan your trip to Miyajima
For more details on planning your trip to Miyajima, have a look at this perfect one day Miyajima itinerary!
HAPPY MIYAJIMA TIDE PLANNING!
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