#060 Itsukushima Shrine

I bet you think this shrine is awesome… even if you didn’t know it’s name before.

Everyone has seen this iconic gate‘s picture somewhere before:

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Itsukushima (also called Miyajima) in Hiroshima prefecture is home to this shrine and is one of Japan’s top tourist spots. Also the area has been designated a world heritage site.

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The bright red shrine is surrounded by water and has a totally different feel when the tide is in compared to when the tide is out.

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And you can go up to the big torii gate and put coins in it for good luck when the tide is out:
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