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Itsukushima is an island. Local people call it Miyajima. Because of the Itsukushima Shrine, the island is also called the Shrine Island. The O-Torii is created on the Seto Inland Sea. There is a lot to write about this Torii from its mythological importance to architectural wonder. The Great Torii's base or foundation is not that much profoundly buried. It's the Torii's weight itself that makes it stand tall. The Torii has gone through many natural calamities like earthquake or Typhoons, but it remained unharmed. There is no explanation behind this wander. The Tori has six pillars. Two Big posts and Four Small Pillars. The entire Torii is in vermillion color. It is believed that the vermillion color keeps the evil spirits away. There is a plate on the Torii which has its importance, and the creator of that plate has his own story as well. The plate on the great Torii was painted by the Arisugawa no Miya Imperial Prince, Taruhito. On the plate, there is a sun painted on the east and the moon on the west of the Otorii roof. As per Feng Shui, the north-east direction is considered to be the Demon's gate, so the Sun is there to block the Demon.
Torii Gate- the Floating Wander of Japan
The Torii gate is worth watching during high tides. The high tides make it look like it is floating. If you want to get the best view, then watch it the Torii from Hitasaki.
After getting the best view during nightfall, when the Torii stands out versus the Golden Sun. It's time for another adventure. It's night, and the lights are on, and you are crossing the Torii, in a high tide, on a cruise. During the daytime, you can choose Kayaking.
The history of this shrine is 1400 years old. The church is a symbol of sanctity. And covered with vermilion liquor. The church has a lot of corridors. It is one of the World Heritage Sites. And the multiple buildings of the shrine are built on the sea.
Mount Misen is another attraction of Miyajima island. The entire island is full of religious value. Mount Misen is the highest peak of the island and worshipped from 6th Century.
Devotees come here to purify their soul and mind. This is called Haraiden. The Morado Shrine is most prominent in Itsukushima shrine area and is dedicated to five deities.
It is believed that these three ponds suddenly and miraculously appeared one night when Itsukushima was being built. The Moon reflects on one these ponds, So it is called Mirror Pond.
How to Get Tickets?
You have to get the tickets from there itself. An adult has to pay 300 Japanese Yen, but high School students and school students get discounts and children under six years are allowed to enter for free.
How To Get Around?
There are many adjoining shrines and halls in that area. You have to walk to explore those historical buildings. But you can choose Kayaking or Night cruises to get near to the O-Torii.
What Should I Wear?
There is no dress code there, but you have to take off your shoes to enter the shrines. Sober and decent outfits are suggested.
Best Time to Visit
Every day the shrine opens at 6:30 am but the closing time keeps changing according to the season. To get the best view you can visit during dusk.
Will I Need a Guide?
You may need a guide because it's a heritage and historical site. To understand it better and get the full knowledge you may need to listen to those beautiful and captivating stories.
How To Get There?
You can start from Hiroshima station, get down at Miyajimaguchi Station. Then Ferry is the only option. You will get the ferry from Miyajimaguchi to Miyajima. Take a short walk to reach Itsukushima shrine.
Reach there as early as possible, to avoid the crowd.