The famous floating Torii Gate marks the entrance to the centuries-old Itsukushima Shrine, an ancient wonder that continues to beckon visitors to Miyajima — Shrine Island — in Western Japan’s Hiroshima Bay.
Part-submerged at high tide, the much-photographed gate gleams in the sunshine, entrancing tourists and pilgrims alike, and pointing the way to the place that most here have come to see. The famed Shinto shrine is the main draw, but there’s far more to Itsukushima, a place renowned for its ancient temples and sprawling forests, and no matter your mood, you’ll find that there are attractions aplenty.
Perhaps the best way to experience Itsukushima is from the water, with boat cruises available, some of which take passengers right through the Torii Gate to the shore. With more than 1400 years of history to discover here, give yourself plenty of time as there’s no shortage of things to see and do.