Itsukushima shrine

Itsukushima Shrine (嚴島神社 / 严岛神社)
The main tourist attraction of Itsukushima, this shrine is famous for being one that is built in the sea with an architectural style known as 'Shinden Zukuri'. It is said to have been first built in 593, and the present shrine pavilions were constructed in 1168.

Structures of note

Ootorii (Grand Gate)

The Ootorii is positioned in front of the shrine pavilions because people used to visit Itsukushima Shrine from the sea. However it only appears to stand on the sea during high tide. During low tide, the gate is surrounded by mud and can be reached on foot from the island.

Honden (Main Sanctuary)

This is the main shrine building. Itsukushima shrine is dedicated to three goddesses. The building was reconstructed in 1571.

Hirabutai (Broad Stage)

A roofless stage that extends from the front of the honden, it is 553 square meters wide. It is supported by 239 stone columns.

Takabutai (High Stage)

A stage where 'bugaku' (traditional Japanese court music accompanied by dancing) is performed. It is located in front of the honden after the hirabutai.

Kairo (Corridor)

The corridor connecting the shrine pavillions. It is four meters wide and 275 meters long. The gaps between its floorboards are designed to reduce sea water pressure during high tides, and to allow seawater and rainwater to drain back into the ocean.

Mirage of Blaze novel

The place on the takabutai where Ougi Takaya is cornered by Oda Nobunaga, followed by the appearance of Uesugi Kenshin who assists in the execution of the touketsu nami in Volume 12.



Endless Blaze



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