Itsukushima or more popularly known as Miyajima is an island in the western part of the Inland Sea of Japan. Miyajima in Japanese means the Shrine Island, and it is one of the top three scenic spots in Japan, The Island of Gods, well known for its floating shrine and Otorii.
On Sunday, 3 April 2016, participants will have the opportunity to visit the romantic and historical island of Miyajima, where the Itsukushima Shrine, a UNESCO World Heritage Site is located and the numerous preserved shrines, wondrous temples and historical monuments by taking part in the Miyajima Marathon.
Held for the 2nd edition by the Miyajima Marathon Organizing Committee, participants can choose to participate in the 5km or 15km race held at Miyajima, Hiroshima in Japan. The starting line and end line will be at the Miyajima Jr High School and will first flag off at 10:30 a.m for the 15km race and 10:40 a.m. for the 5km race.
The 15km race course is challenging with up to 120m elevation while the 5km race course is suitable for all participants.
Here’s an overview of the 1st edition Miyajima Marathon.
The race organiser has considered all feedback from the inaugural race and is set to improve it in this coming edition.
The registration fees for the 15km is 4,000 JPY and 5km 2,000 JPY.
The registration closes on 29th Feburary 2016 or when the capacity of 1,000 runners for each category is filled up. Registration can only be made on the official site.
All participants will receive a commemoration towel of the 1st Annual Miyajima Marathon.
The Island of Gods
You are free to explore the 30.39 square kilometre beautiful island after the race or arrive early to socialise with the locals. You will not need to worry about stopping at traffic lights as they aren’t any!
Whether you are hiking in the virgin forest of Mount Misen, enjoying the various events and ritual festivals around the Itsukushima Shrine or exploring the old district of Miyajima, the graceful Heian culture, and the heroic Muromachi culture of ancient Japan will make you appreciate the Miyajima perfectly.
Take a look at this video to have first hand experience of what to expect at Miyajima.
So what are you waiting for? Mark the date on your race calendar and make this event one of the top on your bucket list.