Mashike Itsukushima Shrine, Mashike-cho

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Itsukushima Shrine is a Shinto shrine on the island of Itsukushima (popularly known as Miyajima), best known for its "floating" torii gate. It is in the city of Hatsukaichi in Hiroshima Prefecture in Japan. The shrine complex is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the Japanese government has designated several buildings and possessions as National Treasures.HistoryItsukushima jinja was the chief Shinto shrine of Aki Province.The shrine has been destroyed several times, but the first shrine buildings were probably erected in the 6th century. The present shrine dates from the mid-16th century, and is believed to follow an earlier design from the 12th century. That design was established in 1168, when funds were provided by the warlord Taira no Kiyomori.The shrine was "devoted to the worship of goddesses to whom Kiyomori owed thanks, he felt, for his success in life." Originally it was a pure Shinto shrine "where no births or deaths were allowed to cause pollution. Its treasures include the celebrated Heike Nōkyō, or 'Sutras dedicated by the Taira House of Taira'. These consist of thirty-two scrolls, on which the Lotus and other sutras have been copied by Kiyomori, his sons, and other members of the family, each completing the writing of one scroll. Kiyomori lavished great wealth upon Itsukushima, and he liked to show the place to his friends and colleagues, or even to royal personages..." The shrine was designed and built on pier-like structures over the bay so that it would appear to be floating on the water, separate from the sacred island, which could be approached by the devout.
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  • I stopped by because I saw the video that this sculpture is a great original tents located a few minutes walk from here. Was no one, like the closed Office environment is, but of course praying is possible. Enjoyed the sculptures were not seeing the main sculpture, carved around the outside alone.
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  • Mashike town hall near the shrine, are not so widely that overlook it here is fine carved shrine, are very impressive. I think not too much attention, but one of the must-see places in mashike town.
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  • A great place to visit at least once in your life. There are two ferries. go early to avoid crowds. tickets are the same price for each ferry and the owners of said ferries are used to the confusion of patrons and most likely just let you on even if your ticket belongs to the other ferry. The deer are mostly harmless though they will follow you for food, shove their noses into your bags etc. Take care if you go during mating season. If you want to kill time until the tide lowers so you can actually walk up to the red gate, consider hiking up the mountain but beware of snakes.
  • The shrine is truly a wonder... Visited this place to view the famous Torii gate, however there is much more to it... Make sure to check the tide timings before visiting. (As aware, during low tide time, one can go near the Torii gate & high tide time calls for a boat ride to go near the Torii, if preferred). The shrine is beautiful too with continuous traditional performances going on.
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