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Itsukushima Jinja Shrine

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Itsukushima Jinja Shrine

Looking for a tour to the Itsukushima Shrine in Hiroshima? located on Miyajima, the Itsukushima Shrine is famous for its floating torii gate. The shrine and its torii gate are built over water. The name Itsukushima translates to "island of worship", and the island has been a holy place of Shintoism since the earliest times. The shrine was originally built in 593 CE and then renovated in 1571. The shrine was built at its location because the Itsukushima Island itself is considered a god and the location where the tides rise and fall was chosen so the god would not be damaged when they constructed the shrine. With the seafront of the Seto Island Sea and the greenery of the forest of Mount Misen behind the shrine, Itsukushima Shrine is a must-see destination, considering it is a registered World Heritage Site inscribed on 1996.

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In the shrine complex, there are many buildings including the main hall, a prayer hall, and a noh theater stage. To reach each building of the complex, boardwalks were built supported by pillars to create a walkway to get around. When you first enter the Itsukushima Shrine complex, the Marodo Shrine is the first shrine you arrive at, which is dedicated to the five male deities. In the main hall, there is a worship hall and purification hall, and the main shrine which is dedicated to the three female deities. The main shrine has an area of 271 square meters, making it one of the biggest in Japan, with a spacious environment.

Because the Itsukushima Shrine involves an experience around water, of which is built in, be aware of the timings of the tides during your visit. High tide is when the gate appears to float above the water and you feel like you are walking on water, but at low tide when the water drains out of the bay, is what visitors have the opportunity to walk out and see the gate from up close.

How to Get to The Itsukushima Shrine
Opening Hours: 6:30-18:00 (March to October 14); 6:30-17:30 (January, February and from October 15 through November); 6:30-17:00 (December)
Entrance Ticket: 300 Yen (500 Yen for combined entry with Treasure Hall)
Address: 1-1 Miyajimacho, Hatsukaichi, Hiroshima
Duration: 2 hours


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Most Frequently Asked Questions

  • How to get to Itsukushima Shrine from Hiroshima city center?
    The major public transportations from Hiroshima city center are:
    1)Take a ferry (Aqua Net Ferry) to Itsukushima.
    2)Take the JR from Hiroshima Station to Miyajimaguchi Station. Then take a boat to the Itsukushima (Duration: about 1 hour).
    3)Take the tram to Hiroden-miyajima-guchi Station. Then take a boat to the Itsukushima (Duration: about 1.5 hour).
  • Can I drive around Itsukushima?
    Because of the narrow roads and the presence of many pedestrians and deer, driving to Itsukushima is not recommended. The major attractions can be accessed in walking distance. Also, hotels on the island provide transfer service.
  • Can I walk to the Great Torii Gate during receding tide?
    If you are planning a visit to Great Torii Gate, make sure to check the time for receding tide. You may walk to the Great Torii Gated during receding tide.
  • Why is the Itsukushima Shrine famous?
    Itsukushima Shrine on Miyajima (literally, "shrine island") is perhaps the most famous shrine in Japan, known for its "floating" torii gate. Miyajima Island has long been a holy site in shinto, and Itsukushima Shrine was built in the 12th century. The shrine, and the torii gate, are built over water.
  • Why are torii gates red in Itsukushima Shrine?
    While the red color of the shrine gates symbolizes vitality and protection against evil and, practically, serves as a preservative, because it's made of mercury, white on the other hand is the original color of torii and stands for sacredness. Exceptions are the torii of Inari shrines.
  • How much is ferry to Miyajima?
    From Miyajimaguchi Station, it is a short walk to the ferry pier, from where ferries depart frequently for Miyajima. There are two competing ferry companies operating from this port: JR and Matsudai. Both companies' ferry rides take 10 minutes and both cost 180 yen one way. The Japan Rail Pass is valid on JR ferries.
  • Is there any ropeway to the mountain top in Itsukushima Shrine?
    There are two ropeway segments. The first segment only has smaller cabin and can only fit up to 8 people. After you get off from the first segment, walk a short distance to hop on to the second segment, which has a larger cabin that can fit about 20 people, to get to the top of the mountain. It is recommended to visit in the morning, and there is free shuttle by the ropeway exit.
  • Do you provide a Hiroshima- Itsukushima day tour?
    We do offer day tour to Itsukushima with English speaking tour guide. You can choose between a private car and public transportation. Admission tickets can be purchase at door upon arrival.
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