Itsukushima Shrine Torii – The red floating gate in Itsukushima

The most recognizable and famous feature of the Itsukushima shrine complex, the torii gate is 15 meters high, made of wear-resistant camphor wood.

The Itsukushima shrine is one of Japan’s most popular tourist attractions. It is most famous for its dramatic gate, or torii on the outskirts of the shrine, the sacred peaks of Mount Misen, and its ocean view

The torii appear to be hovering only at low tide. When the tide is low, it is only accessible on foot from the island. At night, strong lights on the shore illuminate the torii. Although the gate has been in place since 1168, the current gate only dates to 1875.

The red gate, accessible from the island during low tide / Image source

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