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Otorii Gate - Miyajima Island - Japan | by SimónAnibal
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Otorii Gate - Miyajima Island - Japan

UNESCO World Heritage Site.

 

I have heard before that this is the most photographed spot in all of Japan. I believe it.

 

I had the good luck to be able to walk right out to it at low tide.

 

"The beautiful Otorri gate, standing in the sea and leading to the Itsukushima shrine, is the symbol of Miyajima Island. The present Otorii, the eighth that was constructed since the Heian period (794-1192), was built in 1875 with the wood of camphor trees. It is 16 meters tall, the roof is 24 meters long, and the main pillars, made from single trees, are 10 meters in circumference. The Otorii stands on its own support, having no part buried in the ground. During the mid-July Kangensai music festival, colorfully decorated boats are sailed through the giant gate while dancers aboard the boats perform classical sacred dances"

 

- www.sacredsites.com/asia/japan/miyajima_island.html

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Taken on June 26, 2001