Itsukushima Shrine

Attraction

Itsukushima Shrine

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Arguably one of Asia’s most iconic sites, the beauty and tranquillity of the Itsukushima Shrine has to be experienced to be believed. Its UNESCO World Heritage status tells you something about how important it is to Japanese culture and history, but few photographs can do this local and international attraction true justice.
 
Located in the city of Hatsukaichi in Southern Japan on the island of Itsukushima (more commonly known as Miyajima), the shrine consists of several buildings that act as piers stretching out into the bay. This means that when the tide is high, the buildings appear to be floating, most notably the famous red ‘torii gate’.  Other structures include the Noh theatre stage, main hall, prayer hall, all connected by wooden walk ways and suspended on stilts above the sea bed. 
 
When visiting, be mindful of the tides, the best time to view the shrine is at high tide. The shrine can also be visited at night, entry to the buildings is not permitted after dark, but they can be viewed fully illuminated from a boat cruise around the bay.

 

Essential Information

  • Hours: 
    06:30 - 18:00
  • Open:  All year
  • Ages:  All ages