Itsukushima Shrine has more than 1400 years of history and was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996. The current main building constructed by Taira no Kiyomori about 800 years ago faithfully inherited the "shinden-zukuri" style (Heian imperial style). The large red gateway rising out of the ocean is the eighth gate. Various festivals and Shinto rituals including splendid court music and dancing performed on Takabutai (High Stage), a national treasure, color the seasons of Miyajima.
- 6 services every day [reservation required]
- Please make your reservation at least two hours before the departure time.
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- Adults: 1,600 yen
- Children: 800 yen (Children: 5 years old to elementary school age / Children aged under 5 are free of charge)
- 【Pleasure Time】
- 30 minutes
The world's largest rice paddle
This rice paddle took two years and ten months to produce and stands as a symbol of Miyajima, the origin of rice paddles. There are souvenir shops full of rice paddles all around the area. Why not take the opportunity to get one for yourself?
Miyajima Ropeway / Mt. Misen
A ropeway direct to Mt. Misen, one of the three most scenic places in Japan, which has the natural blessings of the gods. Delight in the mysterious and majestic nature in the view from the mountain top.
There are about 700 maple trees in the park. Fall sees vivid scenery across the area. The pleasure of seasonal nature is not confined to autumn; in spring are the cherry blossoms, while summer sees fresh green leaves.
Sitting above the ocean, this is one of the seven shrines of the nanaura pilgrimage of Miyajima and is only accessible by boat.
A 27 meter tall pagoda built in the 15th century, which is considered to be a landmark of Miyajima. It welcomes sightseers with its beautifully contrasting vermilion lacquered pillars and rafters.
A pagoda standing 15.6 m tall said to have been built in the third year of the Daiei period (1523). It was built by a priest named Shukan in 1523. The pagoda is also famous as a well-known cherry blossom spot.
The Kiyomori Shrine was built to honor the achievements and console the soul of Kiyomori, who constructed the Itsukushima Shrine. On March 20, the anniversary of Kiyomori's death, the Kiyomori Shrine Festival is held.
Hokoku Shrine (Senjokaku)
An unfinished large sutra library built by Hideyoshi to console the souls of samurais killed in battle. It is also called Senjokaku, as its size is that of 857 tatami mats.
A shrine with a mysterious legend behind it, which is known as a scenic spot for full autumn moons. It enshrines Sukunahikona no Mikoto, a god so small he could fit on the palm of your hand.
(Photo by: Koichi Shintani)
A Koyasan Shingon sect temple which is said to have been rebuilt by a priest named Ryokai in the Kamakura period. The Itsukushima Benzaiten is enshrined in the main temple. Many Important Cultural Properties and ancient documents remain there.
The temple with the oldest history in Miyajima. Daishoin Temple was founded by the priest Kukai, also known as Kobo Daishi, in 806. It is famous as the venue of the huge celebration Hideyoshi Toyotomi held when he brought Japan under his unified rule, and where he reconstructed the Kifudo-do and dedicated a nenjibutsu called Namikiri Fudo Myo-o.
Miyajima Public Aquarium
Encounter the mysterious creatures of the Seto Inland Sea here. There are penguins, seals, Steller sea lions and otters in the aquarium, while sea lion shows take place outdoors. With consideration for the historical scenery of Miyajima, the aquarium adopts a Japanese-style of architecture with a rare tiled roof. It is a destination everybody, from families to couples, can enjoy.