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

This shrine is beautiful to see. Words cannot really describe it if I'm honest. It's worth going through the castle to see the shrine from there. Make sure you view the shrine with the tide both in and out - it's incredible on both occasions. Watch out for those deer! They're sleeping where you may not suspect and will try to eat your food.

5.0in the last week

I’ve been here many times and it still
impresses me. The water resides in the afternoon and you can walk out to the shrine and take pictures directly underneath it. The light at night makes for great pictures as well. Love this shrine!!

4.0a month ago

It was really great! Beautiful island with these little deer you can pet. The Tori gate was amazing to see the only downside is how make tourist there actually was. We weren't able to get a picture of the gate on it's own when the tide was low. I definitely recommend it to foreigners it's a good bit of Japanese history but try to look up when it's not too busy.

5.03 weeks ago

This is almost in every tourist's bucket list visiting Japan. One of the most scenic spots. The shrine itself is built in the 12th century and the famous giant orange colour Tori gate is right before it. If you visit during high tide you can see the Tori gate floating on water and during low tide, you can walk to the Tori gate. This is a very short boat ride from the shore and if you have a JR pass, the ferry ride is covered as well. There are lot of deer as well around the area. There are few good eating joints before the shrine.

5.03 weeks ago

Beautiful shrine sitting on the water. Lots of street food but be warned to walk around first as price can be different, especially for the local oysters. They are all good quality though as we tried a couple of shops. Must check tide time to see the floating shrine during high tide.

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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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