Walk in Itsukushima Shrine – Hatsukaichi, Hiroshima, Japan

Walk in Itsukushima Shrine – Hatsukaichi, Hiroshima, Japan

Itsukushima Shrine (嚴島神社) is a Shinto shrine (popularly known as Miyajima), located is in the city of Hatsukaichi on the island of Itsukushima in Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan.

It is accessible from the mainland by ferry at Miyajimaguchi Station. The shrine complex is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the Japanese government has designated several buildings and possessions as National Treasures.

The Itsukushima shrine is one of Japan’s most popular tourist attractions. It is most famous for its “floating” torii gate, or torii on the outskirts of the shrine, the sacred peaks of Mount Misen, extensive forests, and its ocean view.

The shrine complex itself consists of two main buildings: the Honsha shrine and the Sessha Marodo-jinja, as well as 17 other different buildings and structures.

It is said to have been erected in 593 supposedly by Saeki Kuramoto during the reign of Empress Suiko (592–628 CE).

However, the present shrine has been popularly attributed to Taira no Kiyomori, a prominent noble of the Imperial Court and later Chancellor (Daijō-daijin), who contributed heavily to the construction of the shrine during his time as governor of Aki Province in 1168.

Video Source: 4K Japan City Walk 街歩き – Itsukushima Shrine (厳島神社) at Miyajima (宮島) Hiroshima (広島) – 2023 from JAPAN Ride or Walk on Youtube CC BY

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