- It’s larger than I expected! Let’s walk underneath the Torii.
- The Torii stands upright relying only on its weight.
- Check the schedule before coming!
It’s larger than I expected! Let’s walk underneath the Torii.
Istukushima Shirne is famous for its floating like Shrines and Torii. I recommend that you take a look beneath the Torii when the tide is low. When I visited, it was very sunny with clear skies. I was so impressed by how it stands upright on it’s own.
I really wanted to quickly get close, but it was actually a bit farther than I thought! It looks huge and distant when the tide is low.
The Torii stands upright relying only on its weight.
As you can see, it’s huge in comparison to the people around it. It measures about 16-meters tall and 24-meters wide with a weight of about 60 tons! More surprisingly, this Torii is not grounded and stands upright by relying only on its weight. I was concerned that it might collapsed during a typhoon or any other natural disaster.
However, my concern turned out to be nothing. In the upper part of the Torii (Shimagi) stones are embedded inside, making it heavy enough to stand on it’s own. Through this building technique, it’s very resistant to rain and wind.
I was so surprised by old techniques and wisdom put into it’s construction. I even felt some kind of mystical power from this Torii by knowing that it stands upright even during harsh weather.
Check the schedule before coming!
The current Torii is the 8th generation, built in 1875. It’s been standing for 140 years, all on it’s own! The gate is designated as an important cultural asset and is the largest Torii in Japan.
I noticed that the tide was starting to come in while observing this Torii. The tide is low only for a short period of time, so please check the schedule before coming:（written only in Japanese）
1-1 Miyajimachō, Hatsukaichi-city, Hiroshima Pref.