Itsukushima is an island in the inland sea of Japan. It is popularly known as Miyajima, the Shrine Island. Itsukushima is part of the city of Hatsukaichi in Hiroshima Prefecture. The island was the town of Miyajima prior to the 2005 merger with Hatsukaichi. Itsukushima is famous for the Itsukushima Shinto Shrine, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The shrine is dedicated to the three daughters of the Shinto deity Susano-o no Mikoto, brother of the great sun deity, Amaterasu. The first shrine buildings were probably erected in the 6th century, and the shrine has been destroyed many times. The present shrine dates from the sixteenth century and follows the design established in 1168, when funds were provided by the warlord Taira no Kiyomori. The shrine's construction is due to the holy status that the island once commanded. Commoners were historically not allowed to set foot on the island, and had to approach by boat, entering through the gate that appears to float.

 

The dramatic gate (torii) of Itsukushima Shrine is one of Japan's most popular tourist attractions, and the view of the gate in front of the island's Mount Misen is classified as one of the Three Views of Japan (along with the sand bar Amanohashidate, and Matsushima Bay). The gate has existed since 1168, though the current gate dates back to 1875. The gate, built of camphor wood, is about 16 metres high and was built in a four-legged style to provide additional stability. At high-tide, the gate appears to be floating.

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To best discover the island, you should stay overnight. I had a wonderful stay at the Iwaso Ryokan.


If you like the pictures in this gallery, you might also like the pictures of Kamakura, the pictures of Nikko, the pictures of Matsumoto, the pictures of Kyoto, all on snapi.org :) The pictures in this gallery were shot with a Canon EOS 40D and a Canon EOS 400D associated with Canon EF 17-40mm f4L USM and Canon EF 70-200mm f2.8L IS USM.

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