Itsukushima Shrine

Itsukushima Shrine, Hatsukaichi

Itsukushima Shrine
4.5
Historic Sites • Religious Sites
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6:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
6:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
6:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
6:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
6:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
6:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
6:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
6:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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The famous shrine built on stilts with its torii gate set in the sea.
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PandaHouston
Houston, TX6,193 contributions
Jan 2020
We planned our trip to Japan months before our arrival date and prior to arriving, found out the Torii Gate was under renovation (i.e. covered in scaffold) but we came anyway. We made the trip on Saturday, December 28 even though we knew this was the case. It was still VERY crowded. Pretty sure not everyone knew the torii gate was under renovation.

Miyajima is a beautiful island still worth exploring.

Entrance to Itsukushima Shrine is 300 yen per person. It has a lot of viewpoints with views of the Torii Gate. It was a beautiful day. I can only imagine how awesome the torii gate would have looked. The shrine itself is not very big. Everyone walks in 1 direction. You can walk through it in less than 1 hour.

We were staying in Fukuoka and even took the very early 6:42 am special Hello Kitty train for the 1 hour and 30 minute ride to Hiroshima. Then another 30 minute train to Miyajimaguchi and a 10 minute ferry ride to Miyajima.

However, all was not lost. We walked up to the Daishoin Temple and it was very quiet and enjoyable. And we ate at Yakigaki No Hayashi (separate review) and had the most amazing oysters ever. I would have liked to spend all day in Miyajima Island however we allocated the 2nd half of our day to exploring Hiroshima.
Written January 10, 2020
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Harald Gracholski
Cologne, Germany6,804 contributions
Nov 2019
The Itsukushima Shrine is very easy to access as it is just nearby Miyajima's main street close to the port that the ferry docks in to. The entry to the shrine is paid, but well worth the effort, as its not just the famous itsukushima shrine torii, that can be observed there. I would describe Itsukushima as the venice of shrines, as it is build practically on water and has a different vibe to it during ebb and flow. The famous orange color of the buildings adds to uniqueness, making it one of Miyajima's most valued sights and rightfully so.
Written April 24, 2020
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123TEM
Jakarta, Indonesia122 contributions
Dec 2019 • Friends
Each shrine has its own uniqueness and that’s all the locals say. It may come down to only a tiny bit different. As I am no expert in the matter, what I can see is in the physic appearance. Definitely by color it stands out and also the fact that it is like floating in the water.

Yes it was very unfortunate that the famous Torii gate is still under renovation until Jun 2020 when we visited Miyajima island. The entire structure is being scaffolded and thus you cannot see anything. Yet, to me it is very worth visiting. See the positive point, the place was not packed.

The island has a hiking trail for those looking for a bit exercise. They have a lot of wild deer wondering and not afraid of people around. You can just sit by the park to enjoy the quiet view. You can also enjoy a variety of local specialty such as fresh oysters which you might not want to miss if you are a fan.

It only takes about 30m by speed boat.

You can also enjoy the aquarium with a small fee

Go wonder and experience the island if you happen to visit Hiroshima!
Written January 12, 2020
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amishwine
Chamonix, France18 contributions
May 2019
My son and I came to the island with out tour guide. He made sure we were coming here during high tide so the torii gate appeared to be floating. He also made sure we were on the correct side of the ferry to get the full effect after going around the curve. While we were on the island he took us to a shrine on a hilltop. Along the steps getting there were little buddhas with colorful knit caps. Such a beautiful island!
Written February 16, 2020
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Komator
Barcelona, Spain664 contributions
Aug 2019
The Itsukushima Shrine is the "house" of the famous floating toring. It's a temple by the sea and it is affected by the low and high tide. It's nice, cute, very red... and with quite a few tourists. There's an entrance fee to the Shrine (unlike Torii, which you can enjoy for free).
Written May 18, 2020
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AraleMelbourne
Melbourne, Australia336 contributions
Jan 2020
This shrine is so well maintained. The red design is truly captivating. A lot of photoworthy sites. If you happen to be there during a low tide, you can also walk along the wet sand. Entry fee is 300 yen for adults which is very reasonable given its beauty.
Written January 20, 2020
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Barossa-Epicure
Bowden, Australia320 contributions
Mar 2019
The short but very busy ferry ride takes you to the island of Itsukushima. From the terminal it is an easy walk along the shore past shops, food stalls and restaurants with numerous other visitors and deer who are not the slightest bit timid. Best to see that shrine at high tide. Be prepared to take numerous photos as each time you have taken one, there is an even better vantage a bit further on.
Written February 15, 2020
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VinnieLondon
Doha, Qatar6,504 contributions
Jan 2020 • Solo
Unfortunately the Torri gate in the sea in front of the shrine is currently under renovation/plastic covers so you could not see the full experience from the ferry and from the shrine (to note my guide quoted potentially another year to complete). The shrine buildings are built on shallow stilts so looks as if they are floating on the sea in the bay. Interesting history so much better with a guide. This is a popular shrine for worship and weddings so important to show the appropriate respect. Definitely worth a visit on the short 15 minute ferry crossing from Hiroshima then 10 minute walk from ferry terminal.
Written January 27, 2020
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53Ruta_R
Chicago, IL399 contributions
Nov 2019
On the way to the shrine, we were visited by many friendly deer who live on the island. Be careful! They follow people around for food!

The Shrine itself is beautiful. It was around noon at when we reached there, which was high tide, making the shrine looks like it is floating. Before entering, one must cleanse themselves. The Torii gate, unfortunately was under construction, so, it was not seen.

There are also stalls for food and souvenir shops around the shrine.
Written January 29, 2020
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Dilbertfan
Surrey, UK414 contributions
Nov 2019
Apparently very famous shrine, but a bit disappointing inside. The key is that it appears to sit on the water at high tide, and it can look quite atmospheric at night. It looks out on the famous Torii Gate - but that is under wraps as at November 2019, so all you see is covered scaffolding. It's worth seeing if you are on Miyajima, but keep your expectations fairly low and you wont be disappointed.
Written January 6, 2020
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