Visit Hiroshima

神の棲む島 / Island of God

神の棲む島 / Island of God

廿日市市宮島 / Miyajima-island, Hatsukaichi-city


Regarding Itsukushima (Miyajima), island itself has been worshipped as a god from ancient times. 1,400-year-old "Itsukushima Shrine" stands in the entrance from the sea, which is a UNESCO world cultural heritage. The overwater shrine painted in red, just like the Dragon Palace in fairy tale, is famous for its architectural beauty of unusual boldness and extreme chic. You can also see the five-story pagoda. It is designated as a nationally important cultural property. Its architectural style gets in harmony with traditional Chinese design, telling the history of the syncretism of Shinto and Buddhism.

Photo by Ichiro Sorao