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There is a huge structure on the hillsideof the mainland facing the island of Miyajima - does anyone know what this is?

I've wondered about that myself. One person told me it was a hotel, another told me it was a convention center, and a third person told me it was a religious building. Dunno who (if any) was right. Gorilla Jones 00:48, 9 January 2007 (EST)
Either way, it appears to have been built intentionally to lie directly within the torii gate when people take a tourist photo on the end of the platform within the Itsukshima shrine. Free advertising I guess, but personally I think its an abomination. -- 11:05, 27 June 2010 (EDT)Snave

Itsukushima Shrine Picture[edit]

I'd like to generate some discussion on a "most useful" photo for the Itsukshima Shrine. I think a more descriptive and characteristic photo exists, which shows more of the "red-lacquered complex of halls and pathways on stilts." Do others think that the picture on the right gives travelers a better idea of what the Shrine is, and why they should visit it? Jtesla16 11:57, 9 January 2009 (EST)

Ceremonial dance at Itsukushima Shrine - Current Photo
Itsukshima Shrine - Proposed replacement for Current Photo
Thanks for initiating discussion. You might have been a little more direct in your opening, though — come right out and say that you took the photo! I took the photo on the left, so I'm as biased as you are. I think the one I took is more compelling because it shows action and something more unique to Itsukushima — I've seen no shortage of wooden orange rails while temple-hopping in Japan, and it's the water more than the stilts that sets Itsukushima apart. That said, your photo is more typical of the shape of photos on this site, so it fits into the article better. I wouldn't be offended if others want to swap it in for mine. Gorilla Jones 18:56, 9 January 2009 (EST)
I think Gorilla's is more attractive and unique, but Jtesla's is more informative, so why not use both? Jpatokal 23:19, 9 January 2009 (EST)
Funny, we were told to put away our cameras in the actual temple grounds... Personally I believe Jtesla's picture better demonstrates the actual temple. Maybe some information about the 'Ceremonial dance' could be included in the See section? Iciac 23:44, 9 January 2009 (EST)
If I may weigh in, Gorilla's photo is nice, but would prefer a higher resolution image (if available?). The framing of the photo on the right doesn't seem quite right, with a lot of darkness on the top of the image and on the right side. That said, either or both would be okay. I can offer additional options, if interested, on my Flickr page. [1] or the many hundreds of other suitably licensed Miyajima photos on Flickr [2] [3]. Aude 23:45, 9 January 2009 (EST)
Given the choice, I'd pick a photo taken at high tide to best show off the construction - something like this photo of Aude's, perhaps. - Dguillaime 00:03, 10 January 2009 (EST)
Liki Jani said, why don't we just use both, there are no rules that you have to have pictures of attractions right by the text. Also I have some pictures lying around from the summit, if anyone would find that interesting, unfortunately it was overcast though. --Stefan (sertmann) Talk 01:05, 10 January 2009 (EST)
I think some photos from the summit could be very useful, especially in the "Do" section where it recommends climbing Mt. Misen.Jtesla16 17:02, 11 January 2009 (EST)

It seems like the general consensus is to use both pictures, which I agree is probably the best solution. I will take a stab at placing the second photo in the article; all feel free to move it if you think it would work better in another spot.Jtesla16 17:02, 11 January 2009 (EST)

Looks good to me — thanks for the feedback, everyone. Miyajima is so photogenic, it's hard to be selective. Gorilla Jones 17:18, 11 January 2009 (EST)
I actually think that the ceremony photo is still out-of-place. I feel what is needed is an "Events" section or something where information about this performance and other celebrations on the island is given. So, by no means am I suggesting the photo be deleted, but I do think it has yet to find its home.

I will say that, because the article is small, there does appear to be too many pictures, although I kind of like most of the pictures. ChubbyWimbus 22:28, 28 June 2009 (EDT)

I like that we can see the ceremony pic immediately. If anything, I'd prefer to move it to lead over the standard o-torii pic that everyone uses—it's an exciting shot. --Peter Talk 22:35, 28 June 2009 (EDT)

Map mistake[edit]

I was just in Miyajima the other day, and a mistake on the map threw me off a bit-- On the second map (Itsukushima area), there are two See #9s and no #10. The 9 on the left side of the map is supposed to be a 10. I would fix it myself, but my Inkscape is out of order. Could someone take care of this simple fix for us? The original map creator seems to have been absent since March... texugo 00:51, 18 August 2011 (EDT)

Innacurate phone number for camping[edit]

Hey travelers,

I'm new to Wikitravel, read the tips for new users, but please let me know if I'm doing this wrong.

I noticed that the phone number for the camp site is no longer in service. Can anyone confirm this and possibly correct it, if indeed it is incorrect?

Resolved: Turns out I wasn't supposed to dial the +81 area code, since I live in Japan. Should I delete this post or is there some way to archive it so other travellers can learn from my mistake?