O-Torii (Grand Gate) at Dusk, Itsukushima Shrine, Miyajima, Honshu, Japan

O-Torii (Grand Gate) at Dusk, Itsukushima Shrine, Miyajima, Honshu, Japan

Miyajima’s best known symbol – the floating torii (gate) of Itsukushima Shrine (厳島神社), stands in the bay 200m in front of the shrine. The current gate, dating back to 1875, is built of camphor wood, is about 16 metres high and was built in a four-legged style, that is four additional legs as well as the primary columns, to provide additional stability.

The gate appears to be floating at high tide. When the tide is low the gate is surrounded by mud and can be accessed by foot from the island.

It has been reconstructed 17 times since it was built in 6th century, last in 1875. The magical atmosphere of Miyajima is best captured at dusk when the tide rises and the stone lanters flicker. The sight is ranked as one of Japan’s three best views.

More images: Gallery of Miyajima Stock ImagesJapan Stock Photography.

O-Torii, Itsukushima Shrine (厳島神社), Miyajima 宮島, Honshu 本州, Japan 日本国

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  • […] Itsukushima Shrine (Japanese: Itsukushima Jinja) is a Shinto shrine on the island of Itsukushima (popularly known as “Miyajima”, which means “shrine-island” in Japanese) in the city of Hatsukaichi in Hiroshima Prefecture in Japan. This Shinto shrine is known worldwide for its “floating torii gate“. […]

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