Itsukushima Shrine

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Itsukushima Shrine(厳島神社) is one of the most famous Shrine in Japan. It is located Miyajima Island, Hiroshima Prefecture. The view of Itsukushima Shrine is one of three major views of Japan, and also designated UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996. It is famous for the floating shrine. At the high-tide, water reach the level of the floor.

Visitors Info.
Admission: 300 yen for adult, 100 for under junior high.
Open: 6:30 to 17:00
There is parking.

0. at Hiroshima Station.
1. use JR Sanyo Line to Miyajimaguchi (27min.)
2. use ferry to Miyajima (10 min.)
3. walk 15 min.

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Map around Itsukushima Shrine

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Itsukushima Shrine


Itsukushima Shrine was established in 593 by Saeki no Kuramoto. In 1168, Taira no Kiyomori built and constructed beautiful shrines. The current structure of Itsukushima Shrine was designed by Kiyomori. Many emperors, imperial families and nobles worshiped this shrine. Therefore, many architectural design of Kyoto was taken to this shrine. Even after the fall of Taira clan, it was respected by many Buke (warrior class).

Kairo : the galleria.
Itsukushima Shrine consist several shrines, and because they are built on the beach which completely sink during high tide, those shrines are connected by the galleria with arcade and bridges. They are also registered as the national treasure. Their floors are made from wood. There are little spaces between each wooden board to prevent the shrines from floating.

Gohonsha: the main shrine.
It is Hiwadabuki style and front side has diamond shape Koshi gate. It is consisted with three shrines, Heiden, Haiden, Haraiden. All of them are registered the national treasure.

Takabutai: the high stage.
Taira no Kiyomori moved the dance of Shitennoji temple of Osaka to Itsukushima shrine. This dance is still played at this stage. This stage is also registered as the natioal treasure of Japan.

Madourosha: the guest shrine.
This is located right side of the main shrine. It is also first shrine to worship from the entrance. Also, all the ceremonies of Itsukushima Shrine start from here. It is also the national treasure.

Otorii: The great gate.
It is 8th Torii built in 1875. It is 16m tall, and 24m wide. The sign was written by Arisugawanomiya taruhito.

Matsuri with the Dance
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March 20
April 15
May 18
Oct 15
Dec 23