Itsukushima Shrine

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The Itsukushima Shrine is located on the shores of Miyajima, an island in the Seto Inland Sea not far from Hiroshima city. While the name Itsukushima means “island of worship”, the site is more famously known as “the floating shrine”, as the buildings appear to be floating on the water when the tide rolls in.

Notice

Beginning in June 2019, the large torii gate of Itsukushima will be covered for renovations until sometime in 2020.

Overview

Address

1-1 Miyajimacho, Hatsukaichi, Hiroshima 739-0588 (Map) (Directions)

Price

¥300

Phone Number

0829-44-2020

Website

en.itsukushimajinja.jp

Highlights

Otori Gate

The shrine’s torii gate, sitting apart from the main precincts in the middle of the channel, is one of Japan’s most iconic sites. Measuring around 16.5 meters high, it is one of the first sights to greet visitors arriving by ferry from the mainland. The torii’s main pillars are made from 500-600 year old camphor trees that are naturally resistant to rot and insects. The current gate dates from 1875. 

Main Hall

Designated a National Treasure of Japan, this beautiful white-and-vermilion building floats on top of the waters at high tide, just as the famous torii gate does. The extended curved eaves are covered with cypress thatch; the honden (main hall) along with the Haiden and Heiden were built during the Nara period.

Itsukushima Deer

The deer of the island are docile and accustomed to human interaction. The cute inhabitants of the island often bravely go up to tourists and beg for food. They're a popular part of any visit to the island and fun to pose for photos with. Although they may seem tame, always exercise due caution when dealing with wild animals.

Access

Travel to JR Miyajimaguchi Station on the Sanyō Honsen Line. Walk to the ferry port. It's about 10 minutes from Miyajimaguchi Port to Miyajima Island by ferry.

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