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About Itsukushima Island
Itsukushima is an island in the western part of the Inland Sea of Japan, located in the northwest of Hiroshima Bay. It is populary known as Miyajima, the Shrine Island. The island is one of Hayashi Razan's Three Views of Japan ( along with the sand bar Amanohashidate, and Matsushima Bay). Itsukushima is famous for the Itsukushima Shrine, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.               

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About Itsukushima Shrine
The incredible concept for building a shrine standing in the sea was either an attempt to build the mythical Ryugu-jo (Dragon Palace) because the enshirned goddess is the goddess of the sea.
Or, it was build as a manifestation of the faith in the Buddhist belief of Pure Land during the Fujiwara Period. It was believed that when people died, their soul cross over by boats the "netx world" to go to "Gokuraku Jodo" (paradise, Buddhist Pure Land). Whichever may have been the reason, the harmony and beauty of human craftsmanship and nature.

Taira-no-Kiyomori began construction of the shrine in 1168, and it is said to have taken several years to complete. The main (inner) shrine consists of 37 buildings and the outer shrine, which lay in front on both sides of the shore, consists of 19 buildings.

The buildings of Itsukushima Shrine have been designated as National Treasures and Important Cultural Properties. It is said that the main building of the shrine became more magnificet when Taira-no-Kiyomori was appointed the governor of Aki Province in 1146 and the Taira clan began to pay homage at the shrine. Although a major portion of the main buildings of Itsukushima Shrine were constructed during the Heian Period
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Visit Hours : 6:30 - 17:00
Admissions: Adult : 300yen
                            High school: 200yen
                            Child : 100yen
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park & Museum  < Hiroshima>
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Japan Maritime Self Defense Force's Kure Museum   
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Kintai-kyo (Bridge) <Iwakuni city Yamaguchi>
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