Shrine sights in Miyajima
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Going back as far as the late 6th century, Itsukushima-jinja gives the island its real name. The shrine's present form dates from 1168, when it was rebuilt under the patronage of Taira no Kiyomori, head of the doomed Heike clan. Its pier-like construction is a result of the island's holy status: commoners were not allowed to set foot on the island and had to approach the shrine by boat through the floating torii (大鳥居) out in the bay. Much of the time, however, the shrine and torii are surrounded by mud: to get the classic view of the torii that adorns the brochures, you'll need to come at high tide.
On one side of the floating shrine is a floating nō stage (能舞台)…