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Itsukushima Shinto Shrine

The shrine where the god of the sea resides

Hiroshima prefecture

In Miyajima, counted as one of the three most scenic spots in Japan, there is a cultural heritage site called the "Itsukushima Shinto Shrine" that is dedicated to the God protecting people from sea disasters and wars. It is said that this shrine was constructed around 593; however, after the warlord Tairano Kiyomori (1118-1181) rebuilt it in 1168, it became the magnificent vermilion-lacquered building it is today. The most interesting feature of this shrine is the Torii (a kind of gate symbolizing a shrine) and the Shaden (shrine pavilion) in the sea, which are both submerged at full tide, but at low tide the sea water recedes completely and it is possible to walk out to the gate.

Moreover, the Itsukushima Shinto Shrine has the only stage for Japanese traditional musical "Noh" plays that floats in the sea and where "Noh" is sometimes performed by lamplight.

Itsukushima Shinto Shrine: Miyajima-cho, Saeki-gun, Hiroshima prefecture


Itsukushima Shinto Shrine: 10-minute walk from the ferry landing, which is approx. 10 minutes from the JR Miyajimaguchi station by ferry. Miyajimaguchi station is approx. 30 minutes from the JR Hiroshima station on the JR Sanyo Honsen Line.