VIDEO: Impressive shrine sits on godly island of Miyajima near MCAS Iwakuni

VIDEO: Impressive shrine sits on godly island of Miyajima near MCAS Iwakuni

by Takahiro Takiguchi
Stripes Japan

* A major renovation work has been applied to the Ootorii since 2019, which has partially covered the structure with scaffoldings. The scaffoldings are expected to be removed by sometime in 2023, according to Itsukushima Shrine.

One of Japan’s three most scenic attractions, the must-see Miyajima Island is just 40-minute drive from MCAS Iwakuni.

The red-colored Itsukushima Shrine and its large torii gate built on the shore of the island are very beautiful and attract more than 4 million tourists every year.

Although most of the shrine is closed to the public, you can walk around its main deck, along the main altar and noh performance stage. And, when it is at low tide, you can walk along the sea floor right up to the gate for a close look. It’s amazing that such a gigantic gate stands firmly by its own weight with four supporting pillars.

According to legend, because the island had been worshiped as a god for centuries, the shrine could not be erected on the island. And to this day, there are no cemeteries on the island because no one is allowed to die there. Nor are folks allowed to be born there. When either time comes, it must be done on the mainland.

Itsukushima Shrine
Daily 6:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Address: Miyajimacho, Hatsukaichi City, Hiroshima Prefecture
Admission: Adults, 300 yen ($2.10); high school students, 200 yen; elementary and middle school students, 100 yen.
Tel: 0829-44-2020

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