I traveled to Iwakuni, Miyajima and Hiroshima for 3 days and 2 nights in early December. In this article, I will write about Itsukushima Shrine during daytime at low tide. When I looked closely at the O-torii Gate (the great Torii), I found it had a tremendous impact.
[Visit Places (series of articles)]
* Iwakuni: Kintaikyo Bridge [Related article]
* Iwakuni: Iwakuni Castle [Related article]
* Miyajima: Itsukushima Shrine (daytime at high tide) [Related article]
* Miyajima: Itsukushima Shrine (daytime at low tide) [This article]
* Miyajima: Itsukushima Shrine (evening and night) [Related article]
* Miyajima: Others [Related article]
* Hiroshima: Hiroshima Castle [Related article]
* Hiroshima: Atomic Bomb Dome and Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park [Related article]
Following the previous article about Itsukushima Shrine at high tide, this article is about Itsukushima Shrine at low tide. In terms of the itinerary of the trip, it was the second day in the morning. There are two high and two low tides each day, and the main shrine and the O-torii Gate (the great Torii) look like they are floating on the sea at high tide while you can approach on foot to the O-torii Gate (the great Torii) at low tide. Due to my schedule, the second day in the morning was the only chance for me to visit Itsukushima Shrine at low tide, so I hoped the weather would be fine so that I could take photos against the blue sky.
On the second day, however, it was raining since morning.
According to the weather forecast, the rain would stop in the morning and it would become sunny in the afternoon. So, I decided to wait for a while.
Then, the rain actually stopped.
Since it was getting sunny, I waited more while taking photos randomly.
A rainbow appeared in the sky.
Now It became sunny, I started to take photos in earnest.
I approached to the O-torii Gate (the great Torii), as I was able to do it only at low tide.
Visitors touched the O-torii Gate (the great Torii).
View from the side.
View on foot.
I got away from the O-torii Gate (the great Torii) for the time being, and took photos from from some distance.
I will approach the O-torii Gate (the great Torii) again from the different side.
View form the side.
View on foot.
Again, I took photos from a distance.
The final photo was the O-torii Gate (the great Torii) with visitors.
That’s it for the article about Itsukushima Shrine during daytime at low tide. Since the view of the main shrine and the O-torii Gate (the great Torii) floating on the sea is mysterious, more photos of Itsukushima Shrine at high tide are used in guidebooks than those of the shrine at low tide. However, I found the scenery of the shrine at low tide also attractive. Talking of low tide, the scenery of Angel Road in Shodoshima Island where I went this summer was also impressive (see the related rink).
If you visit Miyajima as a day-trip, it is often the case that you can see Itsukushima Shrine at either high tide or low tide, but not both. So, I would recommend you arrange your schedule so that you can see the shrine at both high and low tide, if possible. In addition, I also recommend you stay overnight so that you can see the evening and night view of the shrine. It was really fascinating and I will write about it in the next article.
(To be continued)
Itsukushima Shrine (MIYAJIMA OFFICIAL TOURISM WEBSITE, HIROSHIMA PREFECTURE, JAPAN)
Itsukushima Shrine (Miyajima Tourist Association)