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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  • I went from Fukuoka. It is a surprisingly similar impression. And the Torii are impressive enough. This was the 2nd time. Unfortunately the weather was bad. Want to go the next day.
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  • Speaking of world heritage sites in Hiroshima. A value of the building and the atmosphere at first glance because the place is there I think. Foliage season is still to go??
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  • Miyajima Island in the daytime, evening, morning and heard. Itsukushima Shinto shrine at low tide and high tide was enjoying the difference. Just being a wedding and was lovely. In the morning you can visit 6:30. Spectacular views from behind out of the shrine and Torii.
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • There are no comments that can fully describe this Shrine, definitely the best between the ones I have visited during my trip in Japan. Very touching the big Torii, dedicated to the God of the Seas, and also the National Symbol of this country. You can reach this on foot, turning right after getting off the Miyajima ferry (Nb, this is included in the Japan Rail Pass).
  • 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.

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