About Itsukushima Shrine
A World Heritage listed shrine with over 1400 years of history which appears to float on the calm waters around Miyajima.
Said to have been first constructed in 593, Itsukushima Shrine has over 1400 years of history.
Considered to be the site chosen by the goddess that resides in the island itself, the shrine was noted as famous in historical documents dating back as far as 811. It continued to gain popularity, and is now one of the most popular tourist destinations in Japan for both domestic and international visitors. It is well known for the famous Miyajima O-Torii floating torii gate.
In fact, the name Miyajima - shrine island - is in reference to Itsukushima Shrine.
The main shrine consists of two main buildings, with 17 other outlying buildings and structures including a treasure hall.
The shrine is illuminated in the evenings until 11pm, however it can not be entered after sunset.