Itsukushima Shrine

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Shrine floated on the water: Itsukushima Shrine

Itsukushima Shrine is the only shrine in the world built over water, creating an illusion it is floating. It is located on Miyajima island in Hiroshima prefecture, alongside Seto Inland Sea.
Owing to the legacy of a primitive belief, the island itself has been considered sacred. Thus, to make it appear it is separate from land, the Itsukushima Shrine was built over the water.


Many people visit to see this rare structure, with graceful holy precincts and beautiful appearance.
According to travel rating site “Trip Advisor”, it is among the top 10 most popular tourist spots in Japan for foreign tourists.



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Tips on how to visit:


You need some preparation to be able to fully enjoy the beauty of Itsukushima Shrine.

1. If you want to experience walking in a vermilion-lacquered shrine toward the shrine in the sea, check the time of high tide.

I recommend the website of Miyajima Tourist Association posting a tide table. Please research well, and visit there during high tide.

External Link >> Miyajima Tourist Association

For your reference:
How to check a tide table on the website of Miyajima Tourist Association

External Link>> tide table

tide table

tide table

  • The estimated sea level to see the Itsukushima Shrine floated on water is more than 250 cm.
  • The estimated sea level that allows people to walk toward the base of O-torii (Grand Torii Gate) is less than 100 cm.
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If you happen to visit when the tide is low, You’ll find the shrine sitting on bare ground instead being in the partially submerged state that most come to see.

2. Visit on weekdays, if possible.

It might be difficult for you to select the day to travel, but note that it is most crowded on weekends or consecutive holidays. Even though you are in a sacred area, you can really get tired if there is a big crowd.


1. 朱塗りの社を通って海の中の社を体感するには、満潮時間を調べること

・嚴島神社が海に浮かんで見える潮位の目安は 250cm以上 です。
・大鳥居の根元まで歩いて行ける潮位の目安は 100cm以下 です。

2. なるべく平日に行くこと


It takes about 30 minutes by train to travel from JR Hiroshima Station to Miyajimaguchi Station. Then, you take a ferry from Miyajimaguchi pier to Miyajima island.

ferryOn your arrival, wild deers welcome you. Both sides of the street are lined with restaurants offering oysters, the specialty of Hiroshima. Way ahead, you will see the big vermilion-lacquered torii (gate) and the Itsukushima Shrine.




Train from JR Hiroshima Station to Miyajimaguchi Station : 410 Yen for single fare
Ferry from Miyajimaguchi to Miyajima island: 180 Yen for single fare


Unbelievable style of structure

You may be surprised to learn that the Itsukushima Shrine was purposely built fragile. Can you believe that? If the structure was too rigid, it would likely have been destroyed from the forces of wind and waves during strong storms. Built using ancient construction knowledge and techniques, the shrine’s more flexible structure actually allows it to bear the elements far better than buildings made with modern methods.

Travelers never go to Hiroshima without visiting the Atomic Bomb Dome (Genbaku Dome) and Miyajima island. Both remain extraordinary and impressive figures. We can’t help being impressed by them.

I think it is worth your time to visit Hiroshima because there are contrasting spots of beauty and destruction.





Itsukushima shrine撮影場所:厳島神社 Itsukushima Shrine

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