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A 1400-Year History
World Cultural Heritage: Itsukushima Shrine

Itsukushima Shrine is known for the unique and bold concept of being built in the sea as well as its elegant architectural style called “Shinden Zukuri”. It is said to have been first built in 593, and the present shrine pavilions were constructed in 1168. The vermilion-painted main building creates a beautiful contrast with the blue sea and green mountains; when the tide comes in, the shrine looks as if it is floating on the sea. This historical piece of cultural heritage stands in perfect harmony with its natural surroundings.

Highlights of Itsukushima Shrine

Otorii (Grand Gate) Honden (Main Sanctuary) Takabutai (High Stage) Hirabutai (Broad Stage) Noh Butai (Noh Stage) Soribashi (Arched Bridge) Kairo (Corridor)
Marodoharaiden ("Purification Hall")
Marodoharaiden ("Purification Hall")
Priests walking along the corridor
Priests walking along the corridor
Illuminated Itsukushima Shrine
Illuminated Itsukushima Shrine
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