Today’s topic is Miyajima (Itsukushima Shrine) World Heritage
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Itsukushima Shrine 厳島神社
Itsukushima Shrine is a shrine located in Miyajima, Hatsukaichi City, Hiroshima Prefecture. It was officially registered as a World Cultural Heritage in December 1996. It is said that this building was established by Saeki Kuramoto in the first year of Emperor Mizui (593). The shrine has been rebuilt several times due to disasters, but it has been rebuilt according to the architectural style built by Kiyomori Taira.
Itsukushima Shrine stands on the sea, and when the tide rises, it looks as if it is floating in the sea, and the contrast between the greenery of the mountains, the blue of the sea, and the vermilion of the main shrine is beautiful, and it looks like Ryugu Castle. Itsukushima Shrine is also famous for its beautiful autumn leaves, and called “Aki no Miyajima”. Moreover, It is one of Japan’s three scenic spots.
Itsukushima Shrine is a World Heritage Site with a history of 1400
Itsukushima Shrine established in 593. The three goddesses of Munakata were the gods of worship. And the whole island was the subject of worship. So, it was hesitant to touch the island. The company built at the current location.
The corridor connecting the shrine was built with the assistance of Kiyomori Taira in 1168. the second half of Heian. Taira revered him and later protected by Motomori Mouri who later won the battle in Itsukushima. Hideyoshi Toyotomi ordered the construction of Daikyodo (Senjokaku).
Floor pillars immersed in seawater are susceptible to corrosion and hit by natural disasters and fires. However, many people have the worship of their worship, and they can still see the Heian period sleeping palace.
Therefore, The unique shrine standing on the sea is unprecedented in the world and registered as a World Heritage Site in 1996. It covers 431.2 hectares, including a shrine centered on the shrine and the primeval forest of Mosen (natural monument) behind the sea in front, covering about 14% of the island.
The vermilion-painted Otorii, which stands on the surface of the sea between 88 hours before the fireplace (Hitasaki), is 16m high and weighs about 60t. And it designated as a national important cultural property. The current torii gate is the eighth generation from the Heian period, and built-in 1900.
Therefore, The main pillar made of natural wood of the camphor tree of 500 to 600 years old. And the sleeve pillar (sodeshira) is made of natural wood of cedar.
The Otorii stands on its own through structural ingenuity, with the legs being laid rather than buried in the ground.
At low tide, the tide rises, and you can walk to the Otorii gate and touch the Otorii gate. So it is recommended that you feel the power once at hand.
Access to Itsukushima Shrine (Miyajima)
The nearest stations are JR West Miyajimaguchi Station and Hiroshima Electric Railway Hiroden Miyajimaguchi. So, Take the ferry from Miyajimaguchi Pier, which is a short distance from the station, and arrive in Miyajima (Itsukushima) in about 10 minutes.
Therefore, Two companies Opalating the ferries between Miyajimaguchi Pier to Miyajima. (JR Miyajima Ferry and Miyajima Matsudai Kisen) And both fares (one way) are 180 yen for adults and 90 yen for children.
In the case of a car, it is Miyajimaguchi about 15 minutes from the Sanyo Expressway Hatsukaichi IC or Sanyo Expressway Ono IC, but there is no parking lot at the shrine, there are many narrow roads on the island, so park around the station or pier. Or, using a train is smoother.
|Open||6:30AM-6:30PM (Depend of the season)|
|Price||300 yen (Adult) 100 yen (Child)|
|Address||Miyajimacho, Hatsukaichi, Hiroshima|
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