Itsukushima Shrine, Hatsukaichi

4.7
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 .
Create an itinerary including Itsukushima Shrine
map
Itsukushima Shrine Reviews
Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5
2,918 reviews
Google
4.6
TripAdvisor
  • Yesterday I went, because it was done three years ago with very nice, cosy shrine to go once again. Personally arrived early in the morning, I love red-painted shrine still no congestion could slow. Different views in the high and low water, so go take a look at. Nice night cruise.
    View original
  • We have stayed in Hatsukaichi, what was worth very. In the evening the day tourists left the island and it is really empty. The shrine at night virtually no tourists are and you can walk out at low tide to the gate. We have visited the shrine itself in the morning, when not so many tourists there were. Highly recommended!
    View original
  • It is a beautiful location. The orange color of sintoistiko to new Japan in all its glory. Go if you have time
    View original
Google
  • A great place to spend a day sightseeing! The shrine looks more amazing in person than it does in pictures! The height of the seawater also drastically changes, making the environment look completely different. Many friendly deer on the island as well. Large variety of food places on the island. Highly recommend a visit here!
  • it is a romantic place to come to. visitors might want to research on the timing of the tides as during high tide, you can only view the gate from afar. however, during low tide, you will be able to go down nearer to the gate. additionally, there are free roaming deers around the island. they are very gentle and friendly so there's no need to worry about them coming to you. however, they do love to eat paper. so please do not dangle brochures in front of them. there are also a lot of places selling oyster nearby so you can have light snacks or even dine in a restaurant with oysters in your meal.
  • A really beautiful place to visit. Not only the shrine, but the whole island..filled with many interesting food stalls, and lots of sightseeing spots..recommend to spend at least half a day here to explore
  • It’s so unique that it’s built in the water. 10 mins ferry from the train station. From Hiroshima station to the island it’s about 30-40 mins. Definitely need to check out the low tide and high tide timing of the day you’re visiting. Was there for sunset. Amazing, serene, peaceful.
  • 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.
Places to stay near Itsukushima Shrine

Plan your trip to Hatsukaichi

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans to Itsukushima Shrine by other users

13 days in Japan BY A USER FROM ARGENTINA April, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, wildlife, fast-paced, popular PREFERENCES: April, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Fast-paced 17 days in Japan BY A USER FROM SOUTH AFRICA February, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: February, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 21 days in Japan BY A USER FROM INDIA July, culture, popular PREFERENCES: July, culture ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 44 days in Japan BY A USER FROM SRI LANKA August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular PREFERENCES: August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 27 days in Japan BY A USER FROM SINGAPORE April, popular PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 17 days in Japan BY A USER FROM JAPAN June, popular PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 10 days in Japan BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA October, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: October, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 29 days in Japan BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, teens, kids, culture, relaxing, historic sites, museums, wildlife, popular PREFERENCES: July, teens, kids, culture, relaxing, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 16 days in Hiroshima BY A USER FROM INDIA November, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular PREFERENCES: November, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 38 days in Japan BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, culture, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular PREFERENCES: June, culture, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in Hiroshima BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA June, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: June, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 14 days in Japan BY A USER FROM INDONESIA September, fast-paced, popular PREFERENCES: September ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Fast-paced
View more plans