Explore the Mysterious Shrine on the Water
The name Itsukushima literally means 'island of worship' and from ancient times the island itself was worshipped as a god. The mystical Itsukushima Shrine built on the water was inscribed as a World Heritage Site in 1996. A place where people have long carried out ancient rites, Itsukushima Shrine has become world renowned, attracting visitors from all over Japan and the rest of the world.
Why and when was it built and by whom? In this section, we will introduce places you must see inside Itsukushima Shrine, as well as explaining its fascinating history and stunning architecture.
Basic Information on Itsukushima Shrine
The unique shrine we see today is the work of Taira no Kiyomori,
a military leader from the late Heian period.
The shrine on the water
showing the prosperity
of the Taira clan.
At high tide, it feels like you're walking on water.
The shrine made to protec
the place where the god
or kami reside.
Now, many visitors from abroad travel to
Itsukushima Shrine throughout the year.
at Itsukushima Shrine was
all the rage in Edo Japan.
The elegant and traditional 'Kangensai Festival'
Its appeal as
a World Heritage Site
Areas to Visit
The holy shrine at one with the nature surrounding it
A shrine with
an almost mythical beauty
The Marodo Shrine, the first spot where visitors can pray
start at the Marodo Shrine
There is something special about the atmosphere at the center of the shrine
The Main Shrine is
three female deities
Along with the Marodo Shrine and the corridors,
the Main Shrine is also a designated national treasure
The Main Shrine is one of
the biggest in Japan
At low tide you can see right to the foot of the O-Torii gate and the foundations of the shrine
The beautiful scenery
changes with the tide
The O-Torii gate, full of elegance and style
The O-Torii gate,
full of elegance and style
When you walk across, be careful about footwear and where you step
the O-Torii gate on foot
A highlight was looking up at the O-Torii gate from a boat
Entering the Shinto shrine
through the O-Torii gate
The East Corridor that connects the Marodo Shrine to the Main Shrine
Enjoy the high quality
craftsmanship of the East
and West Corridor
Looking at the Noh stage from the western corridor
The Noh stage watched
from across the ages
The location with the O-Torii gate in the background is spectacular
court dance and music
The more you find out, the more you will want to find out about the O-Torii gate
Unearth the secrets
of the O-Torii gate
A beautiful scene unfolds when the shrine is lit after dark
the illuminations after dark
A view of the Seto Inland Sea from Mt. Misen