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The dramatic gate of Itsukushima Shrine is one of Japan's most popular tourist attractions, and the view of the gate in front of the island's Mount Misen is classified as one of the Three Views of Japan (along with the sand bar Amanohashidate, and Matsushima Bay). The gate has been in existence since 1168, though the current gate dates back to 1875. The gate, built of camphor wood, is about 16 metres high, and has a four-legged (yo-tsuashi) style to provide additional stability.

The gate only appears to be floating at high tide - when the tide is low, the gate is surrounded by mud and can be accessed on foot from the island.









 

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I went there! It's great, especially during the nighttime when it's lit up. I give it a 10/10. It would be better if you have pics of the actual shrine though...
 

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Itsukushima Shrine is in the bay to the lower left. Look closely and you can see the Ootorii (the gate)



 

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