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JAPAN

Japan is situated in northeastern Asia between the North Pacific and the Sea of Japan. The area of Japan is 377,873 square kilometers, nearly equivalent to Germany and Switzerland combined or slightly smaller than California. Japan consists of four major islands, surrounded by more than 4,000 smaller islands.

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Itsukushima-jinja ShrineHiroshima

Itsuku-shima is a small island in the Inland Sea, in southwest Hiroshima Prefecture. It is also known as Miya-jima. The entire island is thought to have been an object of religious devotion, and it is said that the sanctuary was built around the end of the 6th century. When the Heike, a samurai family who wielded great power some 800 years ago, started worshipping here, sanctuaries were built one after the other, and the shrine flourished. After the fall of the Heike, Itsukushima-jinja enjoyed the close protection of the Genji, who were another samurai family. This sanctuary, which was influenced by the Heike family and court nobles of Kyoto, features the Shinden-zukuri style of residential architecture popular among court nobles of the 12th century. Two fires at this shrine at the beginning of the 13th century heralded a period of ruin. Around the middle of the 16th century, however, the shrine came under the protection of Mori Motonari, a regional daimyo, and the shrine once again flourished. In 1996 Itsukushima-jinja was recognized by UNESCO as a World Cultural Heritage site.
 
Address & Access
Address: 1-1 Miyajima-cho, Saeki-gun, Hiroshima
Admission Fee: 300 yen (regular fee)
Closed: Open throughout the year
Directions
JR Miyajimaguchi Stn./5-min. walk/Miyajimaguchi/Boat (in regular service)/10-min. ride/Miyajima Sanbashi/10-min. walk