Grand Torii

Cultural Property
This huge torii gate serves as a symbol of Itsukushima Shrine, a Shinto shrine which is one of Japan’s most famous and which stands as an embodiment of ancient Heian period culture. The great ryobu-style wooden gate, situated out on the ocean, stands 16.6 meters above the surface of the water; its main pillars are 9.9 meters in circumference and its roof is 24.2 meters long. The current gate was rebuilt in 1875. The eighth gate built here counting from the Heian period, it is said that the search to find trees sufficiently large to construct it takes 20 years. About the same height as the great Daibutsu statue in Nara, the gate’s supports are not buried in the sea bottom; instead, the gate is affixed to the sea floor with pine stakes but otherwise simply stands via its own weight. Due to significant damage and deterioration, the gate has been undergoing major repairs to preserve it since June 2019.

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Update date:2024.06.20

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Admission fee free (under restoration)
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* The Otorii is being restored, and the entire surface is covered with a sheet (mesh material).
Estimated stay time
0-30 minutes

Information Sources:  NAVITIME JAPAN

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  • A National Treasure
    5.0 Reviewed : 2024.05.21
    We visited Miyajima Island during the later afternoon. Arrived by fast ferry offered by the Hiiroshima World Heritage Sea Route (AKA Aqua Net Hiroshima). Where we departed from the bridge, near the...
  • Beautiful island near Hiroshima
    4.0 Reviewed : 2024.05.17
    A beautiful shrine and torii gate to see, especially during low tide. Fascinating island with lots of shops and places to eat along the pathway.
  • Interesting shrine
    4.0 Reviewed : 2024.05.13
    Interesting place to wander round with gorgeous views of the torii gate and the sea. we had our guide with us which was great as she knew a lot about it.

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