～The Iconic Floating Torii Gate～
The Itsukushima Shrine complex and the nearby forest including Mount Misen on the island of Miyajima in Hiroshima Prefecture were designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996. This hugely popular attraction draws more than 4 million visitors a year.
◆Enjoy scenery that changes with the tide
Itsukushima Shrine stands on the island of Itsukushima (popularly known as Miyajima), which has itself been worshipped as a god since ancient times. So as not to tarnish the sanctity of the island, the shrine was built on the shore where the tide comes and goes. This is why Itsukushima Shrine looks completely different at high tide and low tide. The shrine is well known for its enigmatic appearance at high tide, when it looks like the main building and the great torii gate are floating on the sea. However, at low tide, the ground beneath the main building is exposed, and visitors can walk right up to the great torii gate.
◆Get to Miyajima by ferry
The island of Miyajima on which Itsukushima Shrine is located can be reached by taking a ferry from the pier near JR Miyajimaguchi Station and Hiroden-miyajima-guchi Station. On the way, you’ll pass close by the great torii for which Itsukushima Shrine is famed, so make sure you have your camera ready! After disembarking at Miyajima Pier, you’ll be welcomed by the wild deer that call the island home. But remember, for the sake of their health, you’re not allowed to feed them.
Address: 1-1 Miyajimacho, Hatsukaichi-shi, Hiroshima Prefecture