Itsukushima Shrine, a UNESCO World Heritage site is probably the most iconic photo of all time published by travel magazines and websites as well as travellers’ social media. I can understand the reason behind the popularity besides the fact that it’s one of the UNESCO World Heritage sites.
Built in 1168 about 200 meters offshore the Great Torii (the boundary between the spirit and the human worlds), Itsukushima Shrine appears manly in front of me the moment i stepped out from the ferry. While i was surrounded by deers running freely around me, I couldn’t lift my eye off this world’s renowned masterpiece.
Arriving during the low tide, I walked towards the shrine on the shallow water, touching the aged wood that support this shrine for more than 800 years. However, the best time to enjoy the shrine is when dusk settles in. When the sky sets against the green mountain in the background, the shrine looks extraordinary elegant.
Itsukushima Shrine is located on Itsukushima Island, a scenic island that houses both shinto shrines and buddhist temples. Hiking trail to Mt Misen on the other offers fantastic views. The island also has a stretch of old street, where local gourmet Anago Meshi, Miyajima Oyster and Momiji Manjyu can be found easily.
My Stay in Hiroshima: Hiroshima Peace Hotel. Not a fancy hotel to be proud of, except for its approximate to the train and tram station. The hotel’s public bath is good though.