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Itsukushima Shrine

Walk along wooden piers and observe the captivating sights of this Shinto shrine that appears to float on the water offshore from Miyajima Island.

Itsukushima Shrine is the crowning monument and namesake of Itsukushima Island (or, as it is popularly known, Miyajima, “shrine island”). A UNESCO world heritage listed site and a national treasure, the Itsukushima Shrine holds great cultural significance for the Shinto religion. Explore the shrine’s sacred buildings and stroll along connecting boardwalks. Enjoy views of the magnificent shrine complex and be awed by the way it appears to float above the waters of the Onoseto Strait.

Spot Itsukushima Shrine and its imposing red torii gate from the coast of Hatsukaichi. As you approach Miyajima by ferry, see the magnificent buildings set on piers coming into view.  The island holds an ancient spiritual sanctity and is believed to have held a shrine for over 1,400 years. At the shrine’s entrance, visit the purification trough. If you’d like, participate in a purification ritual, washing your hands with water from bamboo ladles. Wander along the corridors and observe the shrine complex’s superb architecture. Look up to see magnificent red awnings, black roofs, gold embellishments and swinging lanterns.

Continue on to see the Marodo Shrine, dedicated to five different deities. You’ll also see a Purification Hall for the Main Shrine, as well as a series of stages. Check out the main Noh Stage, which dates back to the 1500s and is used for performances and dances that act out Shinto myths.

Several additional shrines are located within the complex, connected by elegant bridges and arches. Stay until sunset to see the majestic shrine complex illuminated with lanterns. While you can’t enter the shrine complex after sunset, it is a beautiful sight to see from an evening cruise or stroll around the island.

Itsukushima Shrine is located on Miyajima, an island off the coast of Hatsukaichi in the Hiroshima prefecture. Reach the island by ferry from Miyajimaguchi Train Station. The shrine is open daily and does not charge admission. The shrine complex and the striking red torii gate are most picturesque at high tide, when the structures appear to be floating above the water.

Popular Activities at Itsukushima Shrine

Make the most of your time at Itsukushima Shrine. Here's a list of some of the top activities:

World Heritage Itsukushima Shrine & Oyster Raft Tour is just one of the exciting experiences on offer here.

For more things to do, check out our Hatsukaichi things to do page.


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Miyajima Grand Hotel Arimoto ¥15,993
Miyajima Grand Hotel Arimoto

Miyajima Grand Hotel Arimoto

364 Minamimachi, Miyajima-cho, Hatsukaichi, Hiroshima-ken
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated in the historical district, this hotel is steps from Itsukushima and Itsukushima Shrine. Miyajima Ferry Terminal is 0.6 mi (1 km) away.

    Miyajima Traditional Guesthouse & Cultures Shiomachian ¥15,000
    Miyajima Traditional Guesthouse & Cultures Shiomachian

    Miyajima Traditional Guesthouse & Cultures Shiomachian

    73-2 Miyajima-cho, Hatsukaichi, Hiroshima-ken
       
      2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated by the ocean, this guesthouse is steps from Museum of History and Folklore, Daiganji Temple, and Miyajima Aquarium. Itsukushima Shrine and Daisho-in are also within 5 minutes.

      Hotel Kikunoya ¥11,815
      Hotel Kikunoya

      Hotel Kikunoya

      335 Miyajimacho, Hatsukaichi, Hiroshima-ken
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated in Hatsukaichi, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Itsukushima and Itsukushima Shrine. Miyajima Ferry Terminal is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) away.

        Iwaso ¥41,818
        Iwaso

        Iwaso

        Momijidani Miyajima, Hatsukaichi, Hiroshima-ken
           
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in Hatsukaichi, this ryokan is steps from Itsukushima and Itsukushima Shrine. Miyajima Ferry Terminal is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) away.

          Ryosaino Oyado Mizuhaso ¥21,944
          Ryosaino Oyado Mizuhaso

          Ryosaino Oyado Mizuhaso

          Nishioonishi-machi, Miyajima-cho, Hatsukaichi, Hiroshima
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in Hatsukaichi, this ryokan is steps from Itsukushima and Itsukushima Shrine. Miyajima Ferry Terminal is 0.6 mi (1 km) away.

            Miyajima Guest House Mikuniya - Hostel
            Miyajima Guest House Mikuniya - Hostel

            Miyajima Guest House Mikuniya - Hostel

            327 Chue-machi, Miyajima-cho, Hatsukaichi, Hiroshima-ken
               
              1.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in Hatsukaichi, this hostel is steps from Itsukushima and Itsukushima Shrine. Miyajima Ferry Terminal is 0.8 mi (1.2 km) away.

              Hotel Miyajima Villa ¥22,400
              Hotel Miyajima Villa

              Hotel Miyajima Villa

              1165 Miyajima-cho, Hatsukaichi, Hiroshima
                 
                3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated near the beach, this hotel is steps from Itsukushima and Miyajima Ferry Terminal. Itsukushima Shrine is 0.6 mi (0.9 km) away. Hatsukaichi Hiroden-miyajima-guchi Station is 29 minutes by foot.

                Miyajima Hotel Makoto ¥15,546
                Miyajima Hotel Makoto

                Miyajima Hotel Makoto

                755 Miyajimacho, Hatsukaichi, Hiroshima-ken
                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in the historical district, this ryokan is within a 10-minute walk of Omotesando Shopping Arcade and Itsukushima Shrine. Shiraito Falls and Mt. Misen are also within 2 mi (3 km).