As you travel through Japan, you will undoubtedly notice the many torii, or religious shrines. However, there is no torii more dramatic than Itsukushima Shrine on Miyajima Island. At low tide, visitors can walk up to the torii. At high tide, visitors enjoy the torii from a distance. When we visited, it was raining heavily. It was dark, gray, gloomy, and seemingly magical. Another UNESCO World Heritage site checked off of my list.
It’s takes about 10 minutes for the ferry ride from Miyajimaguchi pier to Miyajima Island.
Very quickly, Itsukushima Shrine comes into view.
Once on the island, you’ll quickly notice the free roaming deer.
It was pouring rain, good thing we had umbrellas.
You’ll walk through a maze of red pillars in order to get to the viewing platform.
And then you reach the platform directly in front of the shrine. The original torii was built in 1168. The current version of the Great Torii is the 8th incarnation and was built in 1875. This torii is believed to be the boundary between the spirit and human worlds.
I took this photo before I saw a sign saying no photos. They sell little good luck souvenirs. I ended up buying one.