The centuries-old Itsukushima Shrine (厳島神社, Itsukushima Jinja) on Miyajima is the source of both the island’s fame and its name. Formally named Itsukushima, the island is more popularly known as “Miyajima”, literally “shrine island” in Japanese, thanks to its star attraction. The shrine is known worldwide for its iconic “floating” torii gate.

Renovation works on Miyajima’s famous floating torii gate started in June 2019. During the renovation works, the torii gate is covered up under a partially transparent scaffolding. Furthermore, a bridge is being built on the left side of the gate (when viewed from the shrine) to aid the renovation works. A date for the completion of the renovation works has not been set yet, but the works are expected to take at least one year.

Because the experience of Itsukushima Shrine involves the water over which it is built, it is good to be aware of the timings of the tides during one’s visit. At high tide the shrine and its gate appear to float above the water, and this is certainly the time at which they are most picturesque. At low tide, the water drains out of the bay. This is when visitors can take the opportunity to walk out and see the gate from up close. (https://www.japan-guide.com)

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  1. Wow, beautiful views here. I would be too scared to work on a transparent scaffolding! The vies on the water are gorgeous. i especially like the lighted boats. Smiled at your image, your clothes almost look Japanese? The print could be the kimono style! Am getting hungry now! Many thanks for these gorgeous views of Japan you have shared with All Seasons! Have a lovely week, Blog Friend!

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