The Itsukushima shrine is renowned for its emblematic floating Torii gate. The shrine itself is built over a shallow area of the Seto sea along the island of Itsukushima. When the water recedes at low tide, visitors gain access to the great Torii gate by foot. The island is also sometimes referred to as Miyajima which has the meaning of “Shrine Island” in Japanese. The shrine itself is an interesting complex of many buildings connected by boardwalks supported wooden pillars. The shrine remains illuminated until 23:00 providing a truly fantastic atmosphere.