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Miyajima, Japan - Floating Torii Gate

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Miyajima is a small island near Hiroshima, Japan. Famed for Itsukushima Shrine and its floating torii, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and officially one of Japan's Top 3 Views, Miyajima is a very popular destination for Japanese and foreign tourists alike.

 

Standing in the bay in front of the shrine, the floating torii is the "gate" to Itsukushima. Note that whether the torii is "floating" or merely mired in mud depends on the tide. The Hiroshima tourist information office will be able to tell you the time of the high tide, which is the best time to see the torii. If you spend a full day here, though, you should have the chance to see it both ways.

 

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Taken on May 29, 2009