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Miyajima (Itsukushima Shrine)

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Miyajima has been regarded as a sacred island since ancient times. In 1996, about 14% of the island became designated as a World Heritage Site, including the palatial style building of Itsukushima Shrine, the sea in front of the shrine where the grand torii gate stands, and old growth forest on Mt. Misen behind it. The highlight on a visit to Miyajima is the Itsukushima Shrine, which appears to float in the ocean but also blends in with the mountain in its backdrop forming an elegant scene. The grand torii gate built offshore is the symbol of Miyajima, which can be accessed on foot during low tide while it is partially submerged in water at high tide. The lighting condition during sunset presents the island in a mystic way backlit behind the grand torii gate, Itsukushima Shrine, and five-storied pagoda, providing a distinctive view from the daytime. The island has native animals including deer, which are regarded and protected as divine messengers.

View scenic routes that include this spot

A tour of 2000 years of Japanese history

More Information about Miyajima (Itsukushima Shrine)

Street address

1-1 Miyajima-cho, Hatsukaichi City, Hiroshima



  • JR Sanyo Main Line About 30 minutes
    5 minutes on foot

    Miyajima Matsudai Kisen or JR West Japan Miyajima Ferry
    About 10 minute


  • World Heritage Sea Route (Aqua Net) Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park-Miyajima 45 minutes

Opening Hours

Itsukushima Shrine 6:30 to 18:00
between March and October 14

6:30 to 17:30 between October 15 and February (open until 17:00 in December)
flexible schedule between January 1-5




Best season

All year


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