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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.

Get the most out of your time spent at Itsukushima Shrine. Here is a list of some of the most popular activities:

Taken you years to visit this celebrated attraction? Then you can't possibly go home without trying a World Heritage Itsukushima Shrine & Oyster Raft Tour.

Check out our Hatsukaichi things to do page to learn about many more activities in the area.


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Miyajima Grand Hotel Arimoto ¥20,456
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 ¥17,242
    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. Kiyomori Shrine and Itsukushima Shrine are also within 5 minutes.

      Iwaso ¥47,273
      Iwaso

      Iwaso

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

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

        Hotel Kikunoya ¥15,236
        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.

          Kurayado Iroha ¥39,878
          Kurayado Iroha

          Kurayado Iroha

          589-4 Miyajima, Hatsukaichi, Hiroshima-ken
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in the historical district, this ryokan is within a 10-minute walk of Itsukushima, Itsukushima Shrine, and Miyajima Ferry Terminal. Machiya Street and Omotesando Shopping Arcade are also within 5 minutes. Hatsukaichi Hiroden-miyajima-guchi Station is 29 minutes by foot.

            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.

              Miyajima Kinsuikan
              Miyajima Kinsuikan

              Miyajima Kinsuikan

              1133 Miyajima-cho, Hatsukaichi, Hiroshima-ken
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in the historical district, this ryokan is within a 10-minute walk of Itsukushima, Itsukushima Shrine, and Miyajima Ferry Terminal. Machiya Street and Five-Story Pagoda are also within 5 minutes. Hatsukaichi Hiroden-miyajima-guchi Station is 30 minutes by foot.

                Miyajima MorinoYado Inn ¥17,618
                Miyajima MorinoYado Inn

                Miyajima MorinoYado Inn

                Omoto Koen, Miyajima-cho, Hatsukaichi, Hiroshima
                   
                  2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in Hatsukaichi, this ryokan is within a 10-minute walk of Itsukushima and Itsukushima Shrine. Miyajima Ferry Terminal is 1.1 mi (1.7 km) away.