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Itsukushima Shrine, Hatsukaichi

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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. Arrange your visit to Itsukushima Shrine and discover more family-friendly attractions in Hatsukaichi using our Hatsukaichi trip generator.
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  • EVen though you called it floating...it emerges when the water recedes. Thus you can appreciate the full beauty of this Torii during this period. Many tourist walked to see it on the beach and you can...  more »
  • The Itsukushima Shrine is beautiful in person and I would highly recommend seeing it for yourself. If anything, you should see it twice - once in high tide, and another in low tide, when you can go cl...  more »
  • This temple is one of the most important in Japan by chance. A visit that more we enjoy, complementing it with a visit to the Daisyoin Temple (within 10 minutes). The tori red in the water which is opposite the temple, is one of the most photographed of Japan (if this low tide, you can walk to the tori) is a must-see
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  • This was hands down my favorite place during my visit to Japan. There's just something so fascinating about the concept of a "floating shrine." I stayed overnight on the island, so I was able to watch the water flow in and eventually surround the shrine. The sights during the day are really nice, but you'll catch the best views as the sun is setting. Absolutely stunning.
  • Worth seeing at high tide only. Becomes very overcrowded with people unless you go early in the day (like 8-9 a.m.). A humble series of platforms above the water, with the iconic archway out in the bay.
  • Beautiful shrine with an huge tori gate. We didn't know about tide levels before booking our hotel. In order to see tori at high tide you have to stay in some hotel in Miyajima. Since high tide happens between late night and early morning.
  • Very picturesque and can see why so many people come to see it. The age of the place was the most interesting thing to me, as for us living in Australia we would be lucky to have buildings that are 200 years old. The temple only cost us 300 yen to walk through and you can get a fortune for another 100 yen which is quite fun. The town it is situated in is very quaint and beautiful with lots of great value places to eat and relax with a coffee.
  • Very open. Good views out into water. The ceiling is filled with paintings of various ages. It's like going to a shrine and museum at same time.

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Where to stay in Hatsukaichi

With its historic temples and shrines, scenic coastal areas, and wealth of inland trekking potential, Hatsukaichi has a number of accommodations to complement the vast array available in neighboring Hiroshima. Many visitors do decide to stay in the larger city to the east, but if you're particularly set on staying in Hatsukaichi, you won't be disappointed by the choice. Look close to the sea for the more upmarket rooms offering views of the bay, and on some of the narrower side streets for budget-friendly guesthouses and hostels. The same goes for the island just offshore. With its shrine and history, many choose to stay on Itsukushima, close to the Miyajima shrine.
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