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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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  • I only saw the shrine during the morning/day time when the tides were low. However, I would love to see it at night. It was spectacular and very impressive. Definitely worth a visit.  more »
  • Day or night, floating on high tide or surrounded by sand it is an amazing sight. Plenty of pilgrims make it less tranquil than expected, but it is still an other-worldly experience that has stood her...  more »
  • Big, very big... This Shinto Torii gate is definitely worth seeing in the day when the tide is both in and out, but it is even better seeing it when the tide is in at night and seeing it lit up. We st...  more »
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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.
  • 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.
  • Beautiful shrine. More amazing when there are less people. They light up the toori at night. The sunset here is gorgeous.
  • The great tori of this shrine is the one in the water. The tori itself is quite beautiful amid the water and get spotlights on it at night. The shrine is like other shrines in Japan where you pay a fee to get in and walk through to the other side. You can get a head on view of the tori from the shrine. The shrine itself is located over the water, with the water level changing with the tides.