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Walk out to the torii during low tide. I went once in the late afternoon and another time early next morning. For nicer pictures, go in the morning when the sun is shining on the torii gate, rather than from behind it. Didn't get a chance to take the gate at high tide.
- Hiking and Walking
The shinto shrine is the main reason people visit, and the torii in the water is one of the most famous images of Japan. It's interesting to view it with both the tide in and out, which means hanging around for a wee while.
The famous "floating" gate to the island of Miyajima is a must see for any visitor in Japan. The shrine dates back to the 6th century, and has been in its present form since 1168 when funds were provided by the warlord Taira no Kiyomori. The current gate dates back to 1875. The shrine's construction, consisting of pier-like structures built over the bay, is due to the holy status that the island once commanded. Commoners were historically not allowed to set foot on the island, and had to approach by boat, entering through the gate that appears to float.
- Historical Travel
Miyajima: Torii gate.
One of the most stunning objects to see in all of Japan, while indeed much visited and photographed, is the floating torii (Shinto gate). Depending on the time of day it can be sarounded by mud as the tide goes out quite along way. I took advantage to get some good pics, although getting wet up to the waist, and walked through the torii and straight out some distance beyond. A most notable feature was that I was not the first to do this. Pushed into the thick timber structure were many old coins, see picture.
- Religious Travel
- Historical Travel
Visit Miyajima, a small isle...
Visit Miyajima, a small isle with a strong religic inflluence.
It's is one of the most famous places of Japan. The Itsukushima-shrine a lot of other temples and shrines and ofcourse the O-torii (Grand Gate). And at the top of the hill a monkey-park.
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