8 Our Hiroshima Prefecture
（6）Unique areas in Hiroshima Prefecture
Miyajima is one of the three most scenic spots of Japan. Itsukushima Shrine is designated as a World Heritage Site and attracts tourists from around the world. People living in Miyajima protect and use old traditions to earn their living mainly from tourism.
They hope many people will visit Miyajima.
Protecting traditional events
There are many traditional events in Miyajima, which people try to pass down to future generations.
Protecting traditional culture
Traditional Miyajima Woodwork, which includes wooden trays and bowls, is still practiced in Miyajima.
It is a traditional craft full of warmth and brings out the wood pattern.
Protecting old buildings
There are many historical buildings in Miyajima. Most of them are designated as National Treasures or Important Cultural Properties. To protect them, workers go around checking them and repair any damage.
The biggest threats are typhoons. Itsukushima Shrine was severely damaged by Typhoon 19 in 1991. It took three years and a half to complete the repair.
Most parts of Miyajima are mountains and forests. Residential areas occupy only a small part. There are still wild forests with unique creatures in the mountains of Miyajima. People in Miyajima maintain the mountain to protect this mountain forest.
People in Miyajima protect their tradition and use it for tourism. They work hard and have ideas to attract many tourists.
Miyajima is accessible by ferry. There are tourist signs and flags outside the pier. A large map for tourists is located in front of the pier. The tourist information center is also located at the pier. Signs are written in English, Chinese, and Korean for foreign tourists.
Miyajima has many facilities for tourists. Parking lots, bicycle parking, and a taxi stand are located in front of the pier. Public toilets and trash cans can be found all over the island.
Miyajima also has beaches, parks, camping sites, and an aquarium.
Mount Misen is accessible by gondola. You can see many wild monkeys and enjoy a beautiful view of the islands in the Seto Inland Sea.
Miyajima has a shopping district where there are many souvenir shops so that tourists can shop easily. The shopping district is roofed to make shopping easy even on rainy days. It also holds various events.
Miyajima also has many inns for tourists who stay overnight. Some inns pick up their customers at the pier by bus.
Advertising is essential to attracting a lot of tourists. The Miyajima Tourist Association promotes Miyajima by making pamphlets, having articles about Miyajima written in books, presenting about Miyajima in Tokyo, and through its website.
Holding new events
In addition to traditional events, new events such as the Oyster Festival, and Fireworks Festival, concerts, and sports competitions are held in Miyajima to attract tourists.