Itsukushima Floating Torii Gate

Itsukushima Floating Torii Gate: Our most recommended tours and activities

Hiroshima & Miyajima Island Private Guided Tour

1. Hiroshima & Miyajima Island Private Guided Tour

Discover Hiroshima and Miyajima Island on a fully customizable private tour. Choose what you would like to experience, what time you would like to start your tour, and the local partner will arrange a tour to suit you. Start your day by meeting your guide at your hotel, then choose to sites you wish to visit depending on your interests. Example 6-hour Itinerary: Meet your guide at your hotel in Hiroshima and first visit Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park. See the Hiroshima Prefectural Industrial Promotion Hall, known today as the Atomic Bomb Dome, which was one of the very few buildings that survived the atomic bombing of Hiroshima on August 6, 1945. Today, the building serves as a memorial to the victims of the bombing, and as a symbol of international peace. Visit the onsite Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and learn more about the bombing. See poignant artifacts from the time of the atomic explosion on display, as well as various educational exhibits. Afterward, take the ferry to Miyajima island. Take a walking tour of the picturesque island and visit Itsukushima Shrine. This shrine is famous for the mysterious floating red torii gate that stands in the middle of the sea.

Miyajima: Private Rickshaw Tour to Itsukushima Shrine

2. Miyajima: Private Rickshaw Tour to Itsukushima Shrine

Explore Miyajima Island on an exciting rickshaw tour led by a knowledgable guide. Meet your rickshaw outside of the Miyajima Ferry Terminal. Cruise down Miyajima’s charming streets to the center of town. See the townhouses and old-fashioned shopping arcade. Continue along the waterfront. Take in the view of the large orange torii (gate) standing in the water in front of the Itsukushima Shrine. Select the 70-minute tour option and visit the Daishoin Temple. This 1200-year-old temple is said to be a “power spot”– a special location where visitors are charged up with good energy. Enjoy a phenomenal view over Miyajima from the temple. Select the 130-minute tour stop at the Senjokaku Shrine, which was built under the order of the former Shogun Toyotomi Hideyoshi. Learn about the temple's history and take in the sea views. Select the 190-minute option and in addition to gorgeous temples and shrines mentioned above, you’ll also travel down special scenic routes which snake through parks and along the seaside. Your tour is customizable and can be modified based on your interest and preferences. You can also choose your own endpoint.

Hiroshima: Private Half-Day Miyajima Tour

3. Hiroshima: Private Half-Day Miyajima Tour

Start your tour by meeting your guide at your hotel. You'll be paired with guides that are passionate about the place they call home and who choose to spend their free time sharing it with like-minded travelers matched to them. Begin the tour with a ferry ride to Miyajima Island, which offers great views of the Seto Inland Sea. Once on the island, visit the floating Itsukushima Shrine and the oldest temple in Miyajima, Daisho-in, built by one of Japan’s most famous monks. Cherry blossoms in spring add to the magic of these well-known temple sites. Next, stop for a break at Gallery Miyazato. This local establishment serves up traditional Japanese sweets like the famous Momiji Manju, perfect for a refuel. Momijidani Park and its 200 maple trees await exploring next, and then Mount Misen, the most sacred place in Miyajima.  Next stop is Rekaido, where you can see the home of the eternal flame, said to have been burning for 1200 years. Finally, you’ll head to the most famous Okonomiyaki restaurant in Miyajima, where you can buy lunch or dinner.

Hiroshima: Oyster Farm and Floating Torii Gate Boat Tour

4. Hiroshima: Oyster Farm and Floating Torii Gate Boat Tour

Hiroshima oysters are known as some of the best oysters in Japan. On this trip local fisherman will take you to an oyster farm and explain how they are grown. If you visit in the right season, you will be amazed to see lots of oysters growing on suspended ropes. After visiting the oyster farm, the boat will head to Itsukushima island, home to the Itsukushima Shine. The shrine is best known for the iconic red floating Torii gate standing in the sea. Admire the scenic view of the floating Torii gate in front of a background of mountains. You will then head back to the dock. If you are in the right season, you will see fishermen getting the oysters ready to be shipped out.

Hiroshima: Itsukushima Shrine Sea Kayaking Experience

5. Hiroshima: Itsukushima Shrine Sea Kayaking Experience

Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Itsukushima Shrine on a sea kayaking excursion. With its ‘floating’ torii gate, the shrine is one of Japan’s most photographed landmarks. Your friendly guide will explain how to use the equipment. Take some time to practice moving forward and backward, stopping, and turning the kayak by yourself. Next paddle out into the sea. Get up close to the Itsukushima Shrine to admire the site from a unique perspective. You can take photos with the torii gate in the background, before heading back to the beach. Full instruction will be provided, making this activity suitable for complete beginners as well as for those with previous experience of kayaking.

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What people are saying about Itsukushima Floating Torii Gate

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 9 reviews

A GREAT day with Pancho, our guide, who planned the itinerary based on our interests and managed to time things to miss crowds + get best opportunities to absorb the experience! Itinerary sent in advance and was flexible to adaptation if required.( but it was perfect). Knowledgeable local guide Pancho made the experience so authentic and was very generous to kindly share his insights. It was a real pleasure to have him spend time with us.and provide context to our trip to hiroshima and Miyajima. Pancho had also sourced vegetarian / vegan restaurants for us. Interesting to learn about the sights but also general life from the guide. We wish we had more time to do another trip with Pancho, he was that good!!

Mr. Shin was an excellent host, knowledgeable (he has done his home work very well) and with good command over English language. He has dedicatedly shown us each important location and explained the background very well which has made this trip worthwhile for me and my wife. Thank you Mr. Shin for the trip and the gift, paper crane and the post card which we will keep with to remember this memorable trip.

We had the guide hamashi ( Hama) he couldn’t of been more friendly and gave a great tour with lots of local knowledge. We had a great time riding around and would defiantly do it again.