About Miyajima O-Torii
One of the best known views of Japan, the 16.8m high Shinto torii gate appears to float on the water at high tide.
One of the best known attractions of Miyajima, the vermilion O-Torii Grand Torii Gate has a history dating back to around 1168. The current gate - the eighth to have been built in this area - stands 16.8m tall and was constructed in 1875.
A stunning sight at high tide, the gate appears to float on the calm waters of the sea. In truth though, it weighs about 60 tonnes and is self supporting on the shallow sands of the bay. Visitors who aren’t fortunate with the tides are able to get a closer look at the gate, able to walk out to it.
Constructed completely from timber, cypress bark and lacquer, the design allows the gate to absorb natural movements from the water and sand.
Torii gates represent the gateway between the spiritual and human worlds, and the Miyajima O-Torii is an important part of the nearby Itsukushima Shrine which also appears to float at high tide.