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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5.0a week ago

Lots to see here. The floating Tori is unreal. It is incredible how much it changes with the tide. We saw it from the dock where the water was up to the dock, we went in for lunch and when we came out the tide was so much lower we were able to walk over half of the way out to the Tori.

5.0a month ago

So much to see here. Take your time and visit all of the sites. Head up the hill, stop at the cafes and make a full day of it. It’s worth seeing at both high and low tides, so consider staying the night, or making 2 trips. The ferry ride across is pleasant, although not spectacular. If you end up going back into Hiroshima from here, there is a nice little Italian restaurant near the ferry terminal.

5.0a month ago

A must visit in Hiroshima area! The shrine was a magical place, located on a shore with beautiful scenery all over the area. It was not as crowded as other touristy places in Japan so it was a very pleasant experience for me. Also there were pack of deers around the shrines. Unbelievably cute.

5.0a month ago

World heritage site, what more can I say? Amazing shrine which is one of its kind. If you are lucky, you get to have a close up shot of the shrine on low tide days. Check with the local the day before to see when the low and high tides will be. It's about 10-15 walk from the JR ferry but there are things to see along the way. Enjoy!

5.0a month ago

Absolutely a must if you're coming to Hiroshima. A day trip to remember! Everything from the ferry ride (which is free if you have the Japan Rail Pass) to spending the day waiting for the tide to turn to see the shrine in both low tide and high tide is a wonderful experience. There are tons of things to do while waiting of course. The torii itself is impressive and you can't miss waiting for the low tide to leave a coin there!

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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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