Itsukushima Island

Itsukushima [厳島]

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Itsukushima is an island in Hiroshima, best known for it’s Itsukushima Shrine and the torii which seems to be floating in the sea.

Itsukushima is also called Miyajima (宮島), the “shrine island”. Apart from the famous shrine, very interesting is the rest of the small town as well, including local shops selling amazing food like sweet pastries “momiji manju”, grilled oysters or steamed meat buns. The Japanese rice “spoon” called shamoji [杓文字], which allegedly originated on the island, is a popular souvenir. The island has a peaceful atmosphere and deers roam freely in the streets.

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Itsukushima Shrine – Itsukushima Jinja [厳島神社]

Itsukushima Shrine is considered a Japanese National Treasure as well as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was built into it’s present form by Taira no Kiyomori, famous warrior of the Taira clan. The “floating” torii gate, one of the symbols of Japan, is reachable on foot at the times of low tide.