Itsukushima Shrine Torii
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  • MAB-India
    Borivali West, India721 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must visit
    Itsukushima Shrine is located on the small island called Itsukushima just off the coast of the Hiroshima Prefecture. The island is more popularly known as Miyajima, which literally means ‘island of worship’. Would need 1 day for the tour. The shrine is located a 10 minute walk from the Miyajima ferry pier. which is close to Hiroshima Station. JR pass will be helpful. High tide has the gate in the water while you can walk to the gate during low tide.
    Visited April 2023
    Written 7 May 2023
  • Suzanne2303
    Labrador, Australia966 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fascinating revered shrine
    Apparently this is one of Japan’s most revered sites. At high tide the gate seems to float on the water and within a few hours at low tide you can walk out to it. Lots of photo opportunities
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 21 May 2023
  • Ricochan
    New York381 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Miyajima Icon
    This was my second visit to Miyajima. The first time, I came with a large group and could not see much because it was rainy and we stayed only for a short period of time to fit in a visit to Hiroshima Peace Park in one day. This time, I planned so that we could visit Miyajima all day and experience this torii during high tide and low tide. Weather cooperated, and we were able to kayak and walk under the torii. Luckily, we were the only two people who were on a kayak in the morning of our visit. Since it is one of the most famous landmarks in Japan and is quite visible in Miyajima, we could see it from the ferry to/from Hiroshima and Miyajima ashore, but I recommend kayaking if you and your party are fit enough. I heard that the restration was done by some young Japanese artists. A great job! From Itsukushima Shrine, there is a central look-out spot where everyone takes a photo with the torii in the background. If kayak-ing is not possible, I suggest taking a photo from there. Even a terrible photographer like me was able to snap a few good photos of the torii from many different angles. I am attaching one from my kayak.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 4 August 2023
  • Stephanie D
    Milwaukee, Wisconsin183 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Refreshed our souls
    We absolutely loved our experience. We happened to get there right before sunset and got stunning photos! I recommend an hour before sunset if you get a chance, so that you have gone for the ferry and walking to the gate. Lots of food stalls too! Famous Hiroshima oysters available but we were too late. Seems like shops close up after sunset, so get there earlier if you want food. We were surprised to see friendly deer that come up to people as well. Our souls really felt refreshed after this glorious experience.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 7 November 2023
  • Wraxall_Travellers
    Bristol, United Kingdom1,092 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Shrine and Ottore Gate
    As you approach the island, everyone moves to the edge of the ferry to get a first glimpse of the ottore gate, which is a spectacular sight, especially for us approaching during a high tide. The main shrine is beautiful. There was a long queue to obtain a shrine stamp for my book, but nobody was queuing at the smaller shrine near the exit so I went there instead. The area is very busy, but some of the side shrines are less busy. There are many shops and restaurants near the shrine too.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 9 November 2023
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Martina1888
Inverness, UK513 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Solo
Probably one of the most well-known sights of Japan. It is indeed impressive but prepare for crowds...
Written 11 November 2023
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Wraxall_Travellers
Bristol, UK1,092 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
As you approach the island, everyone moves to the edge of the ferry to get a first glimpse of the ottore gate, which is a spectacular sight, especially for us approaching during a high tide. The main shrine is beautiful. There was a long queue to obtain a shrine stamp for my book, but nobody was queuing at the smaller shrine near the exit so I went there instead.

The area is very busy, but some of the side shrines are less busy.

There are many shops and restaurants near the shrine too.
Written 9 November 2023
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Stephanie D
Milwaukee, WI183 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
We absolutely loved our experience. We happened to get there right before sunset and got stunning photos! I recommend an hour before sunset if you get a chance, so that you have gone for the ferry and walking to the gate. Lots of food stalls too! Famous Hiroshima oysters available but we were too late. Seems like shops close up after sunset, so get there earlier if you want food. We were surprised to see friendly deer that come up to people as well. Our souls really felt refreshed after this glorious experience.
Written 7 November 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Ricochan
New York381 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
This was my second visit to Miyajima. The first time, I came with a large group and could not see much because it was rainy and we stayed only for a short period of time to fit in a visit to Hiroshima Peace Park in one day.
This time, I planned so that we could visit Miyajima all day and experience this torii during high tide and low tide. Weather cooperated, and we were able to kayak and walk under the torii. Luckily, we were the only two people who were on a kayak in the morning of our visit. Since it is one of the most famous landmarks in Japan and is quite visible in Miyajima, we could see it from the ferry to/from Hiroshima and Miyajima ashore, but I recommend kayaking if you and your party are fit enough. I heard that the restration was done by some young Japanese artists. A great job!
From Itsukushima Shrine, there is a central look-out spot where everyone takes a photo with the torii in the background. If kayak-ing is not possible, I suggest taking a photo from there. Even a terrible photographer like me was able to snap a few good photos of the torii from many different angles. I am attaching one from my kayak.
Written 4 August 2023
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Chris W
Budapest, Hungary480 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
This is one of those famous pictures from Japan! Easy on the JR train then JR ferry. Earlier in the day is best for beating crowds.
Written 7 July 2023
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Violetvz
East London, South Africa729 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
To see this most photograph "gate" was one of the highlights of my tour. The boat trip to get to the island - the special cake momiji manju - all made for an unforgettable experience. A must see when in Japan!
Written 11 June 2023
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Suzanne2303
Labrador, Australia966 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
Apparently this is one of Japan’s most revered sites. At high tide the gate seems to float on the water and within a few hours at low tide you can walk out to it. Lots of photo opportunities
Written 21 May 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

MAB-India
Borivali West, India721 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
Itsukushima Shrine is located on the small island called Itsukushima just off the coast of the Hiroshima Prefecture. The island is more popularly known as Miyajima, which literally means ‘island of worship’. Would need 1 day for the tour. The shrine is located a 10 minute walk from the Miyajima ferry pier. which is close to Hiroshima Station. JR pass will be helpful. High tide has the gate in the water while you can walk to the gate during low tide.
Written 7 May 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Anthony S
Brisbane, Australia1,863 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
This is a must visit site in Japan, along with the hordes of local and foreign tourists but it is free and even with the crowns worth the visit.
Written 18 April 2023
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ldgp14
Walsall, UK2,826 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
You will come across many Torii gates in Japan but none quite like this one, the tide was out during our visit so you could go right up to it and catching sunset behind it was pretty special!
Written 11 April 2023
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