Itsukushima Shrine

Sightseeing information about Itsukushima Shrine in Japan.

World Heritage: Itsukushima Shrine4.8

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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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Airport/Sta.Matsuyama Airport (about 63km) Google Transit

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5.03 months ago

A great place to spend a day sightseeing! The shrine looks more amazing in person than it does in pictures! The height of the seawater also drastically changes, making the environment look completely different. Many friendly deer on the island as well. Large variety of food places on the island. Highly recommend a visit here!

5.0a month ago

The main attraction in the island of Miyajima, close to Hiroshima. Lots of things to see. Usually crowded, but had a great scenic and shopping experience. Island had some deer too.

4.0a month ago

This is shrine gate.. u should go on low and high tide.. ask ur hotel or hostel person for detail of tides..
In high tide this area is cover with water and on low tide it is empty and u can go near and see this beautiful shrine closely..

5.06 months ago

it is a romantic place to come to. visitors might want to research on the timing of the tides as during high tide, you can only view the gate from afar. however, during low tide, you will be able to go down nearer to the gate. additionally, there are free roaming deers around the island. they are very gentle and friendly so there's no need to worry about them coming to you. however, they do love to eat paper. so please do not dangle brochures in front of them. there are also a lot of places selling oyster nearby so you can have light snacks or even dine in a restaurant with oysters in your meal.

5.04 weeks ago

It is a wonderful shrine. The atmosphere of the roof is strange. Is it the spirit of Wabi?

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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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