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  • Miyajima Itsukushima Shinto Shrine

  • Miyajima Itsukushima Shinto Shrine

  • Miyajima Itsukushima Shinto Shrine

  • Miyajima Itsukushima Shinto Shrine

  • Miyajima Island Itsukushima Shinto Shrine

  • Miyajima Island Itsukushima Shinto Shrine

  • Miyajima Island Itsukushima Shinto Shrine

  • Miyajima Island Itsukushima Shinto Shrine

  • Miyajima Island Itsukushima Shinto Shrine

  • Miyajima Island Itsukushima Shinto Shrine

  • Miyajima Island Itsukushima Shinto Shrine

  • Miyajima Island Itsukushima Shinto Shrine

  • Miyajima Island Itsukushima Shinto Shrine

  • Miyajima Island Itsukushima Shinto Shrine

  • Miyajima Island Itsukushima Shinto Shrine

  • Miyajima Island Itsukushima Shinto Shrine

  • Miyajima Island Itsukushima Shinto Shrine

  • Itsukushima Shinto Shrine Sunset

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Facts & Figures

The Itsukushima Shrine is a Shinto Shrine and UNESCO World Heritage Site at Miyajima, a small island near Hiroshima. The famous torii gate is known all over the world. It is considered as one of the three most scenic spots of Japan. During low tide you can even walk to the torii, but during high tide the shrine and torii appear to be floating over the sea. Enjoy the view from the wooden boardwalks of the shrine above the Seto Inland Sea. The temple grounds consists of 37 buildings for the inner shrine and 19 for the outer shrine. You will find there for example a noh theater stage, hondo (main hall) and prayer hall.

  • Miyajima Itsukushima Shrine:
  • Opening Hours - 6:30 am to 6:00 pm - March to October
  • Opening Hours - 6:30 am to 5:00/5:30 pm - November to February
  • Admission Fee - Adults: 300 yen, High school student: 200 yen, School child: 100 yen
  • Illumination - daily, after sunset till 11:00 pm

History

In 593 the main shrine was built by Saeki Kuramoto. Kuramoto was an important person in Saekibe (the name of an ancient guild that provided the king with guards) during the first year of the Suiko period (593 - 628). Warlord and governor of Aki Province Tairo no Kiyomori, head of the Heike clan, made in 1168 (Heian Period) the Itsukushima Shrine even more beautiful. Changes to the layout of the shrine occurred after huge fires in 1207, 1223 and a typhoon in 1325. The present main sanctuary was constructed in 1571 by daimyo Mori Motonari (1497 - 1571). The famous floating torii was built in 1875. In 1996 Itsukushima Shrine and the surrounding forest of Mount Misen was declared an UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Itsukushima Shrine is located at Miyajima Island within the city Hatsukaichi in the southwestern part of the Hiroshima prefecture.
Address: 1-1 Miyajimacho, Hatsukaichi, 739-0588 Hiroshima Prefecture

How to get to Itsukushima Shrine?

  • 4-5hrs from Tokyo to Hiroshima Station by JR Tokaido-Sanyo Shinkansen Line
  • 25min from Hiroshima Station to Miyajima-guchi Station by JR Sanyo Line and
  • 10min from Miyajima-guchi Station to Miyajima by ferry
  • 10min from ferry pier to the shrine

Sightseeing spots

nearby:

Senjo-kaku - huge wooden hall built in 1587 by Toyotomi Hideyoshi, it is the largest building on Miyajima Read more >

Miyajima-cho - The only village on the island Miyajima has the name Miyajima-cho. At the moment 1942 people living there and in 2005 it was merged with the city Hatsukaichi.

Mount Misen - the view from the top of the mountain (530m) is amazing Read more >

Daiganji - important Buddhist temple, dedicated to the Goddess Benzaiten, is dating back to the Heian period (794 to 1185)

Daishoin Temple - this Shingon temple is one of the most important in the western part of Japan Read more >

Miyajima Aquarium - reopend in August 2011, it is a Seto Inland Sea themed aquarium

Museum of Historical and Folklore Materials - constructed in 1830's, 3000 items about the Miyajima history are on display

Momijidani Park - located at the base of Mount Misen, best time to visit is the Autumn season

Goju-no-to (Five-Storied Pagoda) - the vermillion colored pagoda with a height of 27.6 meters is an impressive sight Read more >

Taho-to - beautiful pagoda, located south of Itsukushima-jinja Read more >

Omoto Park - it is one of the best cherry blossom spots at Miyajima island Read more >

Festival & Events (dates can change without notice)

February

Miyajima Oysters Festival (9th till 10th)
Miyajima is famous for its oysters. This festival gives you the chance to enjoy this delicious food.

March

Kiyomori Festival (22nd)
The Itsukushima Shrine prayer parade is held from 1 to 3pm.

August

Kangensai Festival (4th)
The largest annual festival at the Itsukushima Shrine is dating back to the Heian period.

Miyajima Water Fireworks Display (11th)
Every year more than 300 000 visitors enjoy this spectacle. It is considered to be one of the most famous in Japan.

November

Hiwatarishiki in Daiganji (3rd)
Monks from Miyajima island walk over fire during the ceremony. If you are brave enough you can join them:)