Itsukushima Shrine Torii

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Miyajimacho, Hatsukaichi 739-0588, Hiroshima Prefecture
+81 829-44-2020
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The Itsukushina Shrine torii is probably the most photographed spot in Japan. Millions of people visit Miyajima every year, even just to admire this big gate that looks like it's floating in the sea. Not many know that in the evening with the low tide (usually you can find info on the times online, or at your hotel if you're staying on the island) the sea retreats so much that you can actually walk on the sand, under the torii, getting close enough to take also beautiful close-up pictures.
There's no entrance fee if you only want to admire the torii from the beach or from the road.

While you can observe the big torii from the beach during the day, it's important to get there early in the morning to be able to take as many pictures as you want without having to push your way through the crowd. It is located just 5 minutes away from where the ferry will leave you: just follow the coast at your right.

In case you want to take night pictures or if you want to try your hand at time-lapse (the effect with the rising tide is pretty cool), make sure you bring a tripod!

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