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. Add Itsukushima Shrine to your Hatsukaichi travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Hatsukaichi trip itinerary app .
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  • This is, hands-down, the most impressive Shinto Shrine that I've yet encountered. And as I walked around I kept thinking about the amount of money and devotion that it must have taken to build and mai...  more »
  • The torii is famous of course, but the shrine behind it is beautiful too and is also standing in the sea during high tide. If you are staying in Hiroshima, I recommend you check the tide timetable fir...  more »
  • From the new year? Gagaku music and was also the behavior of the saké Lees are served. Made of natural flow column red Torii back in to take pictures, take the following was interesting. Spacious walk and walking to the ferry terminal where large crowds. Procession at entering the shrine Shinto shrine where want to be arrived in the morning if the main
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  • An impressive shrine no matter what the season. Expansive and appearing to float on the water it is indeed worth the World Heritage Site classification.The other temples and shrines on the island are far more relaxing in my opinion as Itsukushima Shrine is by far the busiest shrine I have ever seen in 11 trips to this amazing country. So busy in fact that I spent at least an extra hour just trying to get pictures not filled to the brim with people. Thankfully it is so gorgeous that you won't mind as much as usual. The color of the gate has gone from red to Orange with age. However the main shrine itself is a bright and beautiful red. Minus 1 star for not being calming at all.
  • Very beautiful temple. Unfortunately only got to see at low tide so didn't get to see it "floating" but i would assume it would look gorgeous. Extremely peaceful and enjoyable to visit. Many sacred deer nearby that allow you to pet them. If you are near or on the island it would definitely be worth your time to visit this water temple.
  • This shrine floats on the water and is beautiful all year round. The shrine is must if you are visiting the island. It is often very busy with tourists. There is many deer for you to pet also. Although very pretty there is not much to see at the shrine in comparison to other temples in Japan.
  • This is a place that you must visit if you are in Hiroshima city. This sanctuary is so beautiful. However, in the peak season it could be crowded of tourist. I recomend to visit ir during the winter to enjoy the nice light of the sun reveling the deep red color of the wooden structure contrasting with the blue sea. This place has been classified by UNESCO World Heritage in December 1996.
  • Definitely visit this shrine at high tide as it looks beautiful surrounded by water and almost floating. The Tori gate is also amazing at this time, but also nice to hang around for low tide to get up close to it.

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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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