|Itsukushima Shinto Shrine
|1-11-1 Shimohera, Hatsukaichi City, Hiroshima Prefecture
Itsukushima Shrine is unique and famous because the building and its torii gate are built over water. It is located on Miyajima Island near Hiroshima. Mount Misen on the island was worshipped by local people from the 6th century. In 1168 , Taira no Kiyomori, the most powerful man in the Heian Period, chose Miyajima as the site of his family shrine and built Itsukushima shrine.
The shrine, one of the most beautiful in Japan, is built in a small inlet while the torii gate is located in the Seto Inland sea and is often referred to as the “floating” torii gate. The shrine consists of a number of buildings which are supported on pillars above the sea and connected by boardwalks. It was added to the list of World Herutage sites in 1996.
The shrine and torii gate are lit up and provide good viewing from the ryokans on the island. Otherwise tourists can see the illuminated shrine from the sea on sea cruises whixh can be booked from a ryokan or Tourist office.
It is important to check the time of high and low tide. High tide is the best time to view the shrine and gate as they appear to float above the sea. At low tide it is possible to walk out as far as the torii gate.
We can provide professional interpreters who have a guide-interpreter license at your request.
The tour guide interpreters have accurate knoeledge about Japanese culture, tradition and other points of interest.