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Itsukushima's Floating Shrine

October 16, 2014

 

  A short train and ferry ride from Hiroshima, one of the world's hidden gems rests gently on the waters of Japan's Inland Sea.

 

  The Itsukushima Shrine offers a watery welcome to those who make the 10-minute journey from the mainland to Miyajima, the 30 sq/km island which is home to just 2000 locals.

 

  The floating torii gate is a regional icon, and the first glimpse from the ferry is disappointing, overshadowed by the surrounding hills.

 

  The best view is from the shrine itself; a brief walk from the dock.

 

 

  The Gojunoto, or five-tiered Pagoda, was built in 1407.

 

 

  Deer wander the island.

 

 

 

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