Monday, 1 June 2015

THE GREAT TORII AT THE ITSUKUSHIMA SHRINE | SYMBOL OF MIYAJIMA | JAPAN | 04.04.14

Heading towards the island of Itsukushima by boat, we see the beautiful red floating Torii gate. Its reflection gently rippling across the water as we pass by to stop at Miyajima pier.  On land, we observe the nature and serenity of the island. We follow the footpath to Itsukushima Shrine, wild deer wandering along the path and we calmly go around them.


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.
Definitely one of our highlights of our Japan adventure. JPN


1 comment:

  1. Its been awhile since I visted your blog! Oh how I've missed reading your posts! You're so lucky to see this wonderful place! I hope to travel soon too! Anyway, I hope you'll be able to read my new post aswell! :)

    OOTDs while I was away: http://ara-oundtheworld.blogspot.com/2015/06/style-is-knowing-who-you-are-what-you.html
    Keep on smiling! - Shahara :)

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