Hiroshima Trip: Itsukushima Jinja Shrine and the "Floating" Torii Gate in Miyajima Island

floating torii gate

We went to the station in Osaka and boarded the Shinkansen bullet train for Hiroshima. The ride itself would take less than two hours and costs around ¥9,710.

But who wants to travel around on an empty stomach? Not us, so we ended up getting a railway sandwich and coffee for breakfast.

shinkansen train

And soon we arrived in Hiroshima, then we changed trains and headed to Miyajimaguchi, the main ferry terminal on the mainland.

We embarked on a ferry boat to Miyajima Island, which is just a short distance.

Miyajima Maru ferry
inside the ferry boat (upper deck)
view of "floating" torii gate of Itsukushima Shrine from the ferry

On the way to the shrine, we saw some deer wandering freely through the street.

miyajima island

One of the traditional old Ryokans that we stumbled upon. You can book Ryokans (traditional Japanese style hotel) if you wish to stay in Miyajima.
miyajima island

The approach to the shrine starts from its giant Torii Mikasahama gate.

miyajimaguchi island
miyajima island
stone lanterns at Mikasahama

Miyajima (which literally means "Shrine Island") is famous for its Itsukushima Jinja Shrine and the red Torii gate that appears to be floating in the sea during high tide.

floating torii gate
floating torii gate
ticket booth and entrance to the shrine

It is said that the Itsukushima shrine was first built in 593 then rebuilt in 1168 on the same scale as it is today. A corridor of some 280 meters spans more than twenty buildings.

shrine's corridor
miyajima island
the red torii gate as seen from the shrine
miyajima island
a male Komainu (lion-like guardian figure) in Itsukushima shrine
miyajima island
barrels of sake displayed in the shrine's "floating" building
miyajima island

The shrine was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site in December 1996.

miyajima island
Hirabutai (open stage) / Omikuji / Noh Stage

Miyajima has been worshiped as a divine island since ancient times. This is why the shrine was built on the seashore where the tide ebbs and flows.

Next stop was at Mount Misen which I'll be blogging next.

Toodles, until next time,
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