Itsukushima Shrine

Sightseeing information about Itsukushima Shrine in Japan.


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This shrine, located on an island of the Seto Inland Sea, is worldly famous for its 'floating' view on the sea. The 10-minute ferry from Miyajima-guchi Station takes you to the island, and you will be greeted by numerous roaming deer. The long approach is studded with food stalls with inviting local treats such as fried fishcake (satsuma-age), roasted oyster and maple-shaped sweet bun (momiji-manju).

As you walk through a main hall and a noh theater stage, you will come to the spot where you can get a great view of 16m-high vermilion gate standing in the sea. You must, however, check out the tide of the day in advance. At high tide, it is time to appreciate the floating view of the shrine or enjoy a cruise going through the gate. At low tide, you can probably walk towards the gate and even touch it.

If you have enough time, stroll 10 minutes to the ropeway that will take you to the upper part of Mount Misen (535m) offering a sweeping view of the sea. Another highlight is a night cruise to see an enchanting illumination of the shrine.

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4.0in the last week

Fantastic shrine with one of the best settings in Japan. The downside is that as it is world famous it gets unbelievably busy very early in the day. I stayed on Miyajima for 3 days and by 11am each day the island was packed, i had arrived on a Sunday and it reminded me of being Tokyo.
The shrine itself is nice and you can see the priests going about their business but just don't expect a spiritual experience

5.0in the last week

We took a day trip to this beautiful island and shrine and discovered that we needed and wanted more time to experience everything. Food and shopping, history and culture, discovery and adventure, architecture and beauty, peace and relaxation. Don't miss out on this excursion, whether for you or for your family!

4.0in the last week

Very big shrine with great view. When there is high tide, this shrine looks like it's floating on water.

As chief Shinto shrine of Aki prefecture, it's is one of the holiest shrine in the area and even the country. Quite many priests/attendants can be seen praying or working in the shrine.

Look around for deers which wonder freely on the island and even in the shrine.

5.0in the last week

Absolutely beautiful shrine on a beautiful island. We were able to use our JR passes to catch the ferry to Miyajima island which was really handy.

The iconic temple gate really was a sight to behold and it was amazing to see how fast the tide comes in. I'd suggest going first thing in the morning to get pictures the closest pictures to the arches.

The cheeky deer on the island made for an amusing experience too haha!

4.0in the last week

Peaceful shrine on a peaceful island. Deer came and ate my map, fun show.

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Miyajima is one of the World Heritage Sites in Japan and the popular tourists destination. Located off the coast of Hiroshima, the serene beauty of the island is an essential spot. You will walk around the island including Great Red T...

Miyajima is one of the World Heritage Sites in Japan and the popular tourists destination. Located off the coast of Hiroshima, the serene beauty of the island is an essential spot.

You will walk around the island including Great Red Torii Gate, Itsukushima Shrine, Daishoin Temple, and so on.
You enjoy the trip all year round.
Spring --You can enjoy beautiful cherry blossoms.
Summer --Fireworks displays and summer festivals are held. Canoe and cycling on the island are enjoyable.
Fall -- The island are covered with vivid autumnal leaves. Especially Momijidani Park is splendid.
Winter--Oysters are in season!!

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