Not even restoration work can detract from the beauty of Japan’s ‘Island of the Gods’

The iconic torii just off the coast of Miyajima, Japan, appears to be floating when the tide is high. JAMES BOLINGER/STARS AND STRIPES
The iconic torii just off the coast of Miyajima, Japan, appears to be floating when the tide is high. JAMES BOLINGER/STARS AND STRIPES

Not even restoration work can detract from the beauty of Japan’s ‘Island of the Gods’

by James Bolinger
Stars and Stripes

The floating O-torii and Itsukushima Shrine at Miyajima south of Hiroshima are two of Japan’s most popular attractions, but ongoing restoration work there shouldn’t stop Americans stationed in Japan from planning a visit.

Miyajima, or the “Island of the Gods,” is one of the three most scenic places in Japan, according to the island’s official tourist website, and a prime destination for an easy day trip or weekend getaway for those at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni.

It’s especially popular for professional and amateur photographers who make their way around the picturesque landscape.

The most popular photo subject is the O-torii, which appears to float gently on the waves when the tide is high. The bright orange structure, which stands nearly 60 feet tall in stark contrast to the dark green, forested hillsides behind it, was built in 1875 and is the eighth O-torii at Miyajima. The first was built in 1168.

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