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 month ago

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.

5.0a month ago

If you’re in Hiroshima you should not miss out on this shrine. One of the highlights of our 2 week trip in Japan. Try to go on a sunny day. You’ll need to take the JR ferry to the island, which was amazing for the scenery.

5.04 weeks ago

A must-have experience: go out to the island on one of the ferry services, wait until low tide to venture out onto the beach by the great 'floating' torii, and slot a yen coin into one of its many divots with a prayer/wish (trust me - many others have been there before you doing the same).

5.04 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.

4.0a month ago

Wonderful to see, bit I think the other areas on the island are actually more interesting. Take the JR train and ferry so your rail pass covers everything.

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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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