Itsuku Shima Jinja Shrine World Heritage Site

Itsuku-shima-jinja Shrine, located in Miyajima, Hatsukaichi City in southwestern Hiroshima, is a unique shrine that looks as if it is floating in the sea. It boasts of a solemn and gorgeous architectural beauty in the shinden-style. It was inscribed as a World Cultural Heritage Site in 1996. The main shrine with its red pillars and white walls, along with the symbol of Miyajima, the O-torii Gate in the sea, create a wonderful contrast with the dark green woods and deep blue sea.

Most of the main shrine, a National Treasure, was built in the 12th century. Twenty-one buildings are laid out around the main sanctuary, with a Noh stage and other special structures situated among them. All buildings are connected with corridors painted in red that extend to encircle the main sanctuary. The combined length of the corridors is 300 meters. The layout was cleverly designed to make the shrine look like a bird stretching its wings when viewed from the opposite shore.

The O-torii Gate is usually half submerged in the sea, but you can walk to it from the seashore at low tide.