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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  • October 4, 2017
    It is visited to 10 years Buri, but still good. It is good or not but we went early in the morning. Amid mist on a ferry to Miyajima. People are less good was not vacant shops. 10:00 too many people. Foreigner's many nice
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  • October 4, 2017
    Of this temple to make dozens of photos with ease, so beautiful she is. With the mountains in the background, deer in the foreground, from the boat, the island or at low tide from very close. Very special that you then runs into the sea. The millions of mini crabs are worth watching and local Japanese making using right now to dig to oysters.
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  • October 3, 2017
    I came, I saw, I photographed as expected, and then I deleted. If you want to see it, look at the pictures in TripAdvisor. Reading up in advance, I learned that this is a very special shrine for the J...  more »
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  • June 4, 2017
    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.
  • July 9, 2017
    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.
  • July 11, 2017
    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.
  • March 3, 2017
    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.
  • June 16, 2017
    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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