We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

Itsukushima Shrine

Certificate of Excellence
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
Address: 1-1 Miyajimacho, Hatsukaichi 739-0588, Hiroshima Prefecture
Name/address in local language
Phone Number:
+81 829-44-2020
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours

The famous shrine built on stilts with its torii gate set in the sea.

The famous shrine built on stilts with its torii gate set in the sea.

read more
Book In Advance
More Info
and up
Private Full Day Hiroshima Tour
More Info
and up
Private Miyajma Rickshaw Tour Including Itsukushima Shrine
More Info
and up
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and Miyajima Island Tour from Hiroshima

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 2,426 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 496
  • 195
    Very good
  • 23
  • 4
  • 0

Loved this place. The architecture in reds and black timberwork is amazing. The buildings are built on the water, so it laps at beneath you. The sights are majestical and... read more

Reviewed 9 January 2013
Paul R
Add Photo Write a Review

2,426 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
  • More
Showing 718: English reviews
Level Contributor
161 reviews
50 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 January 2013

Loved this place. The architecture in reds and black timberwork is amazing. The buildings are built on the water, so it laps at beneath you. The sights are majestical and spiritual. There was a Shinto ceremony underway honouring ancestors and though I an an atheist, I found it deeply moving.

Thank Paul R
Tokyo, Japan
Level Contributor
110 reviews
59 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 January 2013

This is a pretty cool shrine as it sits 'on the water', and there are some great photo ops with the tori gates out in the water...But, really the island overall and glad we went, but nothing that special if you ask me...

1 Thank dianna_1970
Stafford, Virginia
Level Contributor
263 reviews
88 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 January 2013

From the temple you can see the torri. You don't have to go to the temple to see the torri however. You can simply walk along the beach. There are many deer here to greet you. Amazing pictures you will never forget.

Thank rocknryry
Level Contributor
12 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 January 2013

Well-maintained shrine, and very unusual to see beautiful sea waters reflected on the ceiling during high tide. Also you can walk on a wharf towards the torii. There are often religious proceedings and weddings here, which give a glimpse into Japanese tradition and religious clothing.

1 Thank Krystal-chan
London, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
77 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 November 2012

Even if you dont go into the shrine seeing the world famous floating torii gate is a sight you will never forget - most magical at night when the throngs of people have left.

Thank LeeanY
Level Contributor
54 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 November 2012

We visited after tyhoon but it was cleaned up maitained so well. We studied old Japanese greatness and beatifullness. We wish this were survival for ever.

1 Thank takezofig
Level Contributor
69 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 November 2012

If you go to see the shrine and torii gates, try to time your visit with high tide so you can see it at its best. There are crowds of people there during the day, so an overnight visit might be best to really enjoy the beauty of this island.

1 Thank scarlett345
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
69 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 October 2012

the torii gate was under scaffolding when we visited so we had to use our imagination!! It had been damaged in a storm. Beautiful setting none the less. Quite crowded in the afternoon, I recommend staying overnight on Miyajima to soak up the atmosphere and visit the site at high tide at night.

Thank mrsluxuryexplorer
Vancouver, Canada
Level Contributor
6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 October 2012

Go see the shrine in full tide and walk down to the giant Red gate (Torii)! The shrine has a very different view in daytime and night time so I highly recommend to stay for a night and see the shrine glow in orange and fire red!

Thank Sassha209
Houston, Texas
Level Contributor
60 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 October 2012

If you're in the area - you probably already plan to or simply can't miss the beautiful O-torii During the day, it's nice, and when it's low tide you can even walk out to it! At dusk and at night it's simply beautiful as all the pictures can attest to. There are plenty of relaxing things to do in Miyajima... More 

Thank BearAndTheCat

Travellers who viewed Itsukushima Shrine also viewed

Hatsukaichi, Hiroshima Prefecture
Hiroshima, Hiroshima Prefecture
Hiroshima, Hiroshima Prefecture
Hatsukaichi, Hiroshima Prefecture

Been to Itsukushima Shrine? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Itsukushima Shrine and other visitors
4 questions
Ask a question

See all questions (4)

Questions? Get answers from Itsukushima Shrine staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?