Itsukushima Shrine


3485167The floating Torii of Itsukushima is one of Japan’s most famous sites in Miyajima island, Hiroshima. The torii gate lies just offshore from the island and if you visit at low tide you can actually walk up to the gate. We chose to visit at sunrise and managed to see the gate at relatively low tide and (not low enough to walk out however!) and watched as the tide crept into the bay and around and under the temple complex. The torii is more photogenic at high tide as shown in the picture. It was first constructed in the 12th century by Taira no Kiyomori but was reconstructed since. The present day torii dates from 1875 and measures approx 16 metres in height. Historically any visitor to the island had to enter through the torii by boat at high tide.

17. September 2013 by Joey
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