Itsukushima Shrine

Itsukushima Shrine (Japanese: 厳 島 神社 Romachi: Itsukushima-jinja) is a Shinto shrine on Itsukushima Island. Hatsukaichi, Hiroshima, Japan.This place has been registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. And the Japanese government has raised the status of buildings in the shrine to be a national treasure of Japan

The history of the shrine dates back to the 6th century. The construction was completed to the present day since 1711, with the funding of General Kiyomori. This shrine was once a sacred symbol of the island. In the past, ordinary people were forbidden to step on the island. And had to travel by boat through a gate post that floated in the middle of the sea.

The Torii Poles of Itsukushima Shrine is one of the most popular tourist spots in Japan. And the view of the gate posts in front of the Miseng mountain on the island It has been designated as one of the three most spectacular views in Japan (Three Views of Japan). Torii poles were built in this area since 1711, but the poles seen today were rebuilt when Year 1875. Poles made of camphor wood. With a height of about 16 meters, there are 4 small columns as a base.

At the time of the tide. Torii pillars will look like floating in the middle of the sea. when low tide will appear to be a mud floor where the pillars are located. And able to walk on foot from the island Visitors often put silver coins on the legs of the poles and pray for blessings. Shellfish collecting is another popular activity at low tide. And at night there will be light from the shore shining at the pillars to look more beautiful