The red Otorii of Itsukushima Shrine is a UNESCO and 1 of the 3 most scenic spots in Japan. The gate appears to float in the Seto Inland Sea, it is a spectacular sight from both ferry and the shore of Miyajima. But why not get a close up view and kayak through it.
Paddle park is a short walk from Maezora station. Upon our arrival Masashi-san checked our experience and sorted us out with the necessary equipment. The kayaks are light weight with rudders and therefore easy for novices to use, with a choice of a single or double. The launch site is just five minutes away. This area is also famous for oysters. After an hour of gentle paddling through the oyster farms we reached Miyajima island. We went ashore, leaving the kayaks on the beach, encountered marauding deer and wandered past numerous shrines. Half and hour later, we were back in the boats for the high point of the day, souvenir photos and paddling beneath Otorii the boundary between the human and the spirit world. Should a capsize occur, Masashi-san is calm and efficient and can get you back in your boat in a flash. A relaxed paddle back through glassy sea and we were back at paddle park. Highly recommended and no experience required.