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16m high

Tourists are surrounding the main column of O-Torii (the main gate of Itsukushima Shrine; World Cultural Heritage Site).  Gate is 16 m high.  You can catch the size of Gate in comparison with human.  It is large indeed.   Miyajima … Continue reading

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Gigantic torch

A gigantic torch is displayed in front of Yamadaya, Japanese confectionary shop.  This torch will be burned in the Fire Festival, “Chinkasai”, on Dec 31st.  This festival is held for the following year’s fire prevention.   Miyajima hotel Kurayado Iroha, … Continue reading

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Sailing in front of Floating Gate

O-Torii of Itsukushima Shrine (World Cultural Heritage Site) is often described as a floating gate.  We are on JR ferry which passes in front of Gate.  It is high tide and tourists can take a picture of Floating Gate from … Continue reading

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Floating Shrine

Itsukushima Shrine (World Cultural Heritage) is often described as a floating shrine.  When the water climbs really high like this picture, it seems to be floating.  This happens at Oshio’s full tide (Oshio has the highest and lowest tide of … Continue reading

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Deer

Deer on miyajima are wild.  They are so accustomed to people that they do not escape from us.  They can eat any piece of paper.  You should be careful what you have in the hand such as maps and souvenir … Continue reading

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Baby deer

Happen to come across a baby deer crying and looking for her mam.  If you come across such a situation, remember not to touch a baby.  If mama deer senses human smell on her baby, she might ignore her own … Continue reading

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Rickshaw

  A rickshaw ridden by tourists is heading to O-Torii on the seaside path.  Be ware when you find the sign near shrines saying “getting off vehicles from here”, you should proceed on foot after that sign.  Even Japanese Emperor … Continue reading

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Kiyomori Shrine

Kiyomori Shrine is located on the passage of Nishimatsubara which you will find on your right at the exit of Itsukushima Shrine (World Cultural Heritage Site).  5 minutes’ walk on the passage will bring you to this tine shrine.  It … Continue reading

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Ebb tide

Itsukushima Shrine (World Cultural Heritage Site) at ebb tide.  It is often described as ‘floating’ while it stands on many wooden columns as you can tell in this picture.  The difference between full and ebb tide is more than 2 … Continue reading

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Clean your hands

We are supposed to clean our hands before entering Shinto Shrine.  You should find the place which is called “Chouzuba” where some ladles are equipped for washing hands.  There in fact is the official manner of washing hands but few  … Continue reading

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