The Shrine and the Torii Gate is a one of Japan’s symbolic heritage sites and we managed to be able to view the gate in both low and high tide and with the weather changing in intervals, it allowed us to view different transitions and experiences on the island. When we arrived on the island during mid-high tide, the gate appears to be floating in the sea, a remarkable view with an air of serenity. This magnificent structure is the gateway to the shrine, standing at 16.6m high. It is considered to be the boundary between the spirit and human worlds. The Shrine is architecturally captivating and in keeping with its traditional style.
We spent an entire day on Miyajima Island, so we were able to witness an incredible sunset with the vibrant red Torii Gate and Shrine being the most picturesque backdrop. During low tide we were able walk close up to the Great Torii structure and with the sun illuminating the sea shore, and sand glistening beneath our feet, we felt incredibly fortunate to be there, capturing memories and being part of the the stunning views symbolizing Japan.