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[Hiroshima]Tour guide of “Itsukushima Shrine”2013.04.27

Do you know Itsukushima Shrine?
This is one of the most famous and popular shrine in Japan. It’s so beautiful and fantastic!
Today, we introduce you how to fully enjoy the Itsukushima Shrine.

1. Why this Shrine is built on the sea?

This Shrine is built on the sea. It’s extremely beautiful and romantic. But why?
Because ancient people thought that the God living in the island Miyajima, which the Shrine built near by. People thought that building something on the island will be rude, even if they want to buid the buiding for the God. So that, they built the Shrine on the sea!
The symbol of this Shrine is a big torii, gateway at the entrance to the Shrine.

Itsukushima Shrinephoto by Mai Ito

Itsukushima Shrinephoto by Mai Ito

2. You can reach the torii by ship!

There are 2 ways to enjoy the torii. One way is by walk, and the other is by ship.
To visit this Shrine, you have to go by ship. And view from the ship is exciting! The ship go along near the torii, so you will know how big the torii is.
There are some optional services to go under the torii by ship. It’s also very romantic.

【Hiroshima】Tour guide of "Itsukushima Shrine"
photo by Norio Nakayama

【Hiroshima】Tour guide of "Itsukushima Shrine"
photo by Norio Nakayama

【Hiroshima】Tour guide of "Itsukushima Shrine"
photo by Norio Nakayama

【Hiroshima】Tour guide of "Itsukushima Shrine"
photo by Norio Nakayama

3. You can reach the torii on foot!

Actually, you can enjoy the torii on foot.
At low tide, the torii and the Shrine crop out from the sea. Tourists can enjoy walking around the torii, the local people dig in the sand to gather clams.
When you look the torii near by, you will realize that there are many barnacles on the torii. There are many coins too. It’s luck-money. Tourists put luck money on the torii, and the barnacles fix it.

When you go to Itsukushima Shrine, don’t forget to bring shes that you don’t mind getting wet.
Even at low tide, it’s very muddy!

Itsukushima Shrinephoto by Mai Ito

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