Itsukushima-jinja Shrine

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What is Itsukushima-jinja Shrine

In the 12th Century, the magnificent shrine group of Itsukushima-jinja Shrine was constructed by Taira no Kiyomori, a influential figure of that time.  

Using the ocean as its surrounding, the bold design and unique placement is a well-known architectural style of the Heian period (794-1185).  At high tide, the vermillion- lacquered main building, connected by a corridor, appears as though it is floating in the water.  This construction was the idea of Taira no Kiyomori and the interwoven colors of Misen Mountain and Seto Inland Sea make for a uniquely beautiful landscape.

Itsukushima-jinja Shrine’s group of shrines worship nature and enshrines actual nature, for example, the mountain, as an object of worship.  The architectural style of this environment includes such construction as Yohaijo (A place or platform to worship nature from afar).  The excellent integration of the buildings and the surround environment became a work of art representative of the standard of aesthetics in Japan and is the one and only of its kind.  It is considered to be an important location to the understanding of the spiritual culture. 

When arriving at Miyajima Sanbashi by ferry from Miyajimaguchi, visitors are greeted by Miyajima’s symbol, deer.  The street leading to Itsukushima-jinja Shrine features various souvenir shops, a delight for visitors.  Famous local gifts are, Mijimanjyu rice cakes and Shamoji rice paddles.


Take the JR to Miyajimaguchi Station or Hiroshima Electric Railway to Miyajima Station.  Then take the ferry (10 minute ride) to Miyajima Sanbashi.

Alternately, from Hiroshima city center’s Heiwa-kinenkoen Motoyasu Sanbashi, take the high-speed ship (50 minute ride) to Miyajima Sanbashi.

15 minute walk from Miyajima Sanbashi.  During the winter season, admission is until 5:00PM so please plan accordingly.

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Description: Itsukushima-jinja Shrine

Sights Itsukushima-jinja Shrine (嚴島神社)
Address Hiroshima, Hatsukaichi, Miyajima-cho
Phone / Fax Phone: 0829-44-2020 / Fax: 0829-44-0517
Duration 2Hour(s)
Business Hours Monday:06:30-18:00
Closed dates 7 days open
Admission Fee Pay admission: 300yen
Recommended Season
Spring (March - May)
Summer (June - August) Autumn (September - November) Winter (December - February)
Recommended target Family Couples Groups Infant & Toddler (ages 0-6) Child (ages 7-17) Adult (ages 20+) Single traveller

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