Itsukushima Shrine (厳島神社)

Itsukushima Shrine is a famous shrine located on the island of Miyajima within the city limits of Hatsukaichi, Hiroshima Prefecture. Itsukushima Shrine was initially built in the year 593, but it was not until the year 1168 that the military leader Taira no Kiyomori rebuilt the shrine into its present magnificent state. The gods enshrined at the shrine are known as the Munakata Sanjojin. (Three Goddesses of Munakata) They are believed to have power over maritime safety, fishing, traffic safety, and business prosperity. In 1996, Itsukushima Shrine was registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site along with the Atomic Bomb Dome.

(Admission Fee)
Adult – ¥300
High School student – ¥200
Elementary/Junior High School
student – ¥100
(Admission & Treasure House
Adult – ¥500
High School student – ¥300
Elementary/Junior High School
student – ¥150
※ If you are a student, please
present your passport or
school ID at reception when
purchasing your ticket.

The highlight of the Itsukushima Shrine is the beauty of the Floating Torii Gate and shrine buildings, which have been featured on many posters and guidebooks. The Floating Torii Gate stands on its own above the sea without additional support, and at low tide, you can walk right up to it. The shrine building is a rare example of a shrine built on the sea, and at high tide, you can see the beautiful reflection of the shrine floating on the water. Itsukushima Shrine is also typhoon-proof. The corridors’ floorboards have small gaps between them so that if the water level rises, the building will not be damaged by the seawater escaping through the gaps.


1-1 Miyajima-cho, Hatsukaichi, Hiroshima Prefecture, JAPAN
January 1 0:00 - 18:30
January 2 and 3 6:30 to 18:30
January 4 to the end of February 6:30 to 17:30
March 1 - October 14 6:30 - 18:00
October 15 - November 30 6:30 - 17:30
December 1 - December 31 6:30 - 17:00
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