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Itsukushima Shrine Historical Facts and Pictures

Located in Miyajima, the Itsukushima Shrine is site of religious sanctity in Japan. The shrine was devoted to the 3 daughters of the Shinto God of seas and storms, Susano-o-no-Mikoto, and the brother of Amaterasu, the sun goddess.

Itsukushima Shrine in High Tide

Itsukushima Shrine in High Tide

Itsukushima Shrine

Itsukushima Shrine

The shrine, originally dated back to 6th century, had been destroyed many times throughout the history, and the present structure of the complex follows the 1168 construction of the warlord Taira-no-Kiyomori.

Itsukushima Shrine at Night

Itsukushima Shrine at Night

Night View of Itsukushima Shrine

Night View of Itsukushima Shrine

Architecture and Design

Floating in the sea, the structure of the shrine skillfully incorporates the Shinden mode of Japanese architecture. The greenish blue lacquered diamond shaped, folding lattice doors convey a sense of grace and elegance. The shrine complex consists 37 and 19 buildings from inside and outside, respectively.

Itsukushima Shrine in Low Tide

Itsukushima Shrine in Low Tide

Low Tide in Itsukushima Shrine

Low Tide in Itsukushima Shrine

High Tide in Itsukushima Shrine

High Tide in Itsukushima Shrine

Torii Gate

The most significant feature of the shrine is its solitary vermillion colored Torii, floating in the sea at high tide, against the backdrop of green mountains. Regarded by many as a symbol of Japanese culture and identity, reflects the Ryobu Shintostyle, with the placement of additional legs in front and behind of each pillars. This 16-meter high gate, entirely built with camphor-wood is also a manifestation of some old Buddhist belief.

Itsukushima Shrine Torii Gate Pictures

Itsukushima Shrine Torii Gate Pictures

Itsukushima Shrine Torii Gate

Itsukushima Shrine Torii Gate

During the night, the torii is illuminated with powerful lights, embodies an enchanting sight of pure harmony and exquisite display of human craftsmanship.

Inside of Itsukushima Shrine

Inside of Itsukushima Shrine

Itsukushima Shrine Images

Itsukushima Shrine Images

Itsukushima Shrine Inside

Itsukushima Shrine Inside

Itsukushima Shrine Pictures

Itsukushima Shrine Pictures

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