A Shrine Registered as a World Heritage Site as of 1996.
Itsukushima Shrine stands on the island of Itsukushima, which is also known as the island of gods. It is said that the shrine was founded in 593 by Saeki no Kuramoto, and the 3 goddess daughters of sun goddess Amaterasu Ōmikami “Ichikishimahime-no-Mikoto,” “Tagorihime-no-Mikoto,” and “Tagitsuhime-no-Mikoto” are enshrined there. Famous for granting a wide list of benefits, these three goddesses as are worshipped as the goddesses of the sea, transportation, fortune, and art.
Most of the shrine buildings on the grounds have been designated as national treasures and Important Cultural Properties. Although it is currently undergoing construction work, one of the highlights of the shrine is its giant vermillion torii gate that stands in the ocean.
There is also an illumination held that starts around sunset and lasts until 11:00pm, creating a fantastical and stunning view different from that of the daytime.
Be sure not to miss the Miyajima Omotesando shopping district that leads up to Itsukushima Shrine; there you’ll find lots of shops, including places where you can enjoy Hiroshima’s specialty dishes like oysters and momiji manju. Stopping by to indulge in some delicious foods after worshipping at the shrine is a great way to spend time.
Most of the shrine buildings have been designated as national treasures and Important Cultural Properties.
Famous as a shrine that grants many boons.
Illuminated at night.
Enjoy Hiroshima’s local dishes at the nearby shopping district.
Photo credits: Koichi Shintani
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- 1-1 Miyajimacho, Hatsukaichi City, Hiroshima
300 yen; high school students 200 yen; elementary and junior high school students 100 yen
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- Open year-round
- Business Hours
January 1st 12 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
January 2nd – 3rd 6:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
January 4th – end of February 6:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
March 1st – October 14th 6:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
October 15th – November 30th 6:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
December 1st – December 31st 6:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
※Please see official website for details, as hours vary by season.
- From JR Miyajimaguchi Station, walk to Miyajimaguchi Pier, taking the ferry to Miyajima Pier. From there, about a 15-minute walk.
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- Official Website (English)