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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5.02 months ago

Fantastic experience. A beautiful historic shrine and temple adorn this mountainous island. It's a great combination of a world-class heritage site, interesting food and trinket markets, and natural wonder. Be sure to make this a full-day excursion. Go earlier in the week to avoid heavy crowds on the weekend. Be sure to hike through the village and the mountainous terrain beyond the shrine if you can, you will be rewarded with waterfalls, a koi pond, natural forests and mountain vistas. This is a beautiful place and was the highlight of my 2 week trip to Japan. It is a must-visit place.

5.0in the last week

We enjoyed the whole experience of visiting this temple from taking ferries to roaming around the town and island. The island, Miyajima, is full of activities, especially with kids. Prepare for light hiking on the mountain with comfortable shoes and water bottle as well as short splashing on the beach.

5.06 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!

5.02 months ago

Really very good and absolutely deserves the effort via local trains from Hiroshima. Only a short visit this for a stroll around the shrine and foreshore but was lucky to catch the sunset over the Gate. To do Miyajima properly devote at least half a day and do the chair lift and hiking trails in the hills behind the shrine.

5.09 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.

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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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