Torii of Itsukushima(torii means gate) is a gate to the Itsukushima Shrine, a Shinto shrine on the island of Itsukushima (or known as Miyajima) in the city of Hatsukaichi in Hiroshima Prefecture in Japan. It is one of Japan’s most popular tourist place.
The gate along the shrine built in 1168 by unknown architect. It built using camphor wood and has about 16 metres high. to provide the stability of the gate on the mud, it was built in a four-legged style.
When the tide is low, the gate surrounded by mud and can be accessed by foot. The tourists can place coins in the cracks of the legs of Torii of Itsukushima to make a wish. But when the tide is high, the gate looks to be floating on the water.
“Built on axis with the sea-facing shrine, the gate serves to welcome spirits of the departed as they come in across the water of Japan’s Inland Sea. At low tide, visitors walk around the great columns of the structure, measuring its great size against the human body. At high tide, the rugged vermillion gateway seems to float in the waves around it, a gateway for boats, or for spirits indeed.” —Kevin Matthews