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Situated in the Itsukushima Island, Itsukushima Shrine gives a classic view of the floating torii. The shrine illustrates the traditional concept of Japan through its scenic beauty. The structure depicts a unique fusion of nature, human creativity and a vast history of Japan.
Explore Itsukushima Shrine
Itsukushima Shrine is the iconic symbol of Miyajima. This Shinto Shrine is famous for its floating torii gate. The torii is the gate of the shrine which is 16 meters tall. Standing out in the bay, it serves as an entrance to this World Heritage. The torii seems to float on the water and draws the attraction of camera-wielding flock. At night, the shrine gets luminance with bright and sparkling lights, making the view mesmerizing.
Daiganji Temple is the most famous religious spot of the island. Constructed next to Itsukushima Shrine, the temple staunches Goddess Benzaiten and three Buddhas namely, Mercy Buddha, Gautama Buddha, and Wisdom Buddha. It open only once in a year, i.e., on June 17. Miyajima celebrates a festival with great pomp and shows on this day.
Situated on Mount Misen, Daisho in Temple is famous for its autumn season and maple trees. It is a worthwhile stopping point for tourists on the mountain. It is located on the holiest valley of the Itsukushima Island. Tourist gather near the temple to get a glimpse of the beautiful Buddhist images and the charming prayer wheel. It features ?Tengru? with its sharp beak and a cave which has pictures of eighty-eight Shikoku Pilgrimage temples. The visiting time of the temple is 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.
Located towards the north of Itsukushima Shrine, Toyokuni Shrine is the most massive structure on the island, Miyajima. It is commonly popular as ?Senjokaku.? This Shinto Shrine is devoted to Toyotomi Hideyoshi. It comprises of a vast pavilion built in the year 1587 with massive pillars and beams. You can visit the Toyokuni Shrine from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.
The Five-Storied Pagoda is widely famous as 'Gojunoto'. Located near the Itsukushima Shrine, the pagoda manifests Yakushi Nyorai Zazo. The structure of this five-storied pagoda features the traditional and classic paintings along with the engraved Japanese idols and scriptures in the corners of the roof. Constructed in the year 1819, Gojunoto attracts millions of tourists towards its bright and vibrant color decorations.
How to Get Tickets?
Book the tickets through this website at the discounted price.
How To Get Around?
Miyajima Island is small enough to explore on foot. However, taxis and private cabs can be hired. But the tourist sites restrict the entrance of vehicles.
What Should I Wear?
Dress modestly. You can carry lightweight, soft and delicate fabric. You can pack jeans, trousers, along with cotton tops. Try to take cotton fabrics instead of polyester and synthetic fabric. You are recommended to carry sunscreen lotion, a hat, a scarf, and a pair of sunglasses. Wear comfortable shoes or sandals.
Best Time to Visit
The best time to visit is from March to November. During these months, you can experience the pass-through the torii as the sea water remains calm.
Will I Need a Guide?
No, you will not be needing a guide as everything are already in this website.
How To Get There?
Hiroshima can be reached through airplanes, trains, ferries, buses or cars. Hiroshima Airport is the main gateway to the city. You can book the flights for the same. Taxis and cabs are available at the airport for the further journey. JR Hiroshima Station welcomes several trains coming from national cities. JR Line Hiroshima Station serves twenty-five minutes of travel by train to Miyajimagichi Station. You can also take a ferry from Miyajima Sanbashi and get off at the port. Itsukushima Shrine is at fifteen minutes walking distance.
The Shrine prohibits the consumption of alcoholic beverages. You are advised to book the tickets in advance. Do not dress boldly. Wear modest attire. Avoid wearing all black look as it considered inauspicious in Japanese culture. Do not show your shoulders. Avoid sleeveless top. The bottom should be below knee length. Be aware in the large crowd as pickpockets roaming around tourist m destinations. Empty your pockets and put your cash & cell phones in an inside a bag with the inner compartment. Try to carry credit and debit cards instead of money. Do not stock the money in one place. To prevent losing your most valuables in a safe deposit box in a safe at the hotel or apartment.