Itsukushima Shrine, Hatsukaichi

Must see · World heritage site · Religious Site · Historic Site
A World Heritage-listed Shinto temple, Itsukushima Shrine remains best known for its red torii gate, "floating" on the surface of the Inland Sea. The shrine dates back to the 12th century and has undergone several reconstructions over the ages, most recently in the 16th century. Admire the scenic shrine building, which is at its most picturesque at high tide, when both the gate and the structure on stilts appear to be floating on the sea. Take a relaxing walk and explore the surroundings, or enjoy the view from a boat cruise. Add Itsukushima Shrine to your Hatsukaichi travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Hatsukaichi trip itinerary app.
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  • Itsukushima Shrine, a UNESCO World Heritage Site is worth while a visit. It is incredibly beautiful and surrounded by a calm atmosphere.  more »
  • We went to view this 12th-century Shinto shrine on a half-day trip from Hiroshima. I had been here twice before but wanted to show the island and shrine to my traveling companion. My previous visits.....  more »
  • Favourite part was the Shrine itself. Delightful wander around, took a load of pics, choosing the gaps between bodies carefully. A very pleasant, photogenic hour's stroll - all flat so very child...  more »
  • Beautiful island with little temples and shrines scattered around. You can eat all sorts of sea food, octopus, oysters, sea cucumbers, you name it. There are cute wild deer walking around, trying to get some food. Beautiful sunset if the weather allows. Would have put 5 stars but the main attraction, the red Tori gate in the water, is under maintenance and covered in scaffolds.
  • Loved the deer, though I'm sure most of the reviews mention them. Lovely little stalls along the main boardwalk as well. Unfortunately the shrine was under renovation at the time, but it didn't detract from the experience overall. Enjoyed my evening on the island nonetheless
  • Yes it is touristy but definitely worth going. The tori gate is huge and stands beautiful on the beach. You won’t be alone but take the time to go next to it. You have a lot of food options nearby and it is worth exploring the small street and the temple higher in the hills.
  • (FOUR STARS at the right time) We visited while the Tori gate was under construction which meant that we couldn’t see it at all. The shrine is also very beautiful but it would be much cooler to see on a high tide. The island is very beautiful and great for souvenir shopping. The maple cakes are also very good! You should try them, they’re not too sweet. Custard and chocolate are my favourites. The island also gives you a bit of access to beach which is nice to see if you’ve been in the city your whole trip otherwise.
  • I came here in July 2019, and it is one of the most stunning places in the world. Here, you can see the one of the world's largest torii, floating above the beach and being submerged in the water in high tide. Then there are the beautiful temples and deer in the mountains. I strongly recommend a half to full day trip here.

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