Miyajima Torii is the famous floating gate to Itsukushima Shrine and one of the Three Views of Japan. Miyajima Torii is also part of the World Heritage Site on Miyajima Island.

Miyajima Torii is the dramatic gate (torii) of Itsukushima Shrine is one of Japan's most popular tourist attractions, and the view of the gate in front of the island's Mount Misen is classified as one of the Three Views of Japan (along with the sand bar Amanohashidate, and Matsushima Bay). Miyajima Torii has existed since 1168, though the current gate dates back to 1875.

Miyajima Torii
Miyajima Torii

Miyajima Torii is constructed of camphor wood, is about 16 metres high. The Miyajima Torii was built in a four-legged style, that is four additional legs as well as the primary columns, to provide additional stability as the gate only sits on the surface of the mud. The sheer weight and adhesion to the mud is sufficient to prevent any significant movement of the Miyajima Torii even during typhoons.

Miyajima Torii at low tide
Miyajima Torii at low tide

Miyajima Torii only appears to be floating at high tide; when the tide is low, the gate is surrounded by mud and can be accessed by foot from the island. It is common practice for visitors to place coins in the cracks of the legs of the gate and make a wish. Gathering shellfish near the gate is also popular at low tide. At night, powerful lights on the shore illuminate the gate.




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