Embark On A Spiritual Journey At The Torii Gates Of Japan

Torii gates are undoubtedly one of Japan’s most iconic symbols.

While these structures have become somewhat of an Instagram favourite, the Torii gates are traditional Japanese gates that mark the entrance into a Shinto Shrine, symbolising the divide between the human and spiritual world.

From small ones littered throughout the city to massive, awe-inspiring ones, we list out three elaborate vermillion torii gates for you to visit in future to immerse yourself in the Japanese culture and enjoy.

1. The Great Torii of Miyajima

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Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, The Floating Torii of Itsukushima Shrine is one of the oldest Torii and the most iconic attractions of Japan.

During high tide, the gate appears to float on the sea, thus giving its name. At low tide, visitors can walk on the bay and get up close to the monument.

2. Fushimi Inari Shrine

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Located in Kyoto, Fushimi Inari Shrine houses over thousands of torii gates that straddle over the hills of Inariyama. Fushimi Inari Shrine is dedicated to Inari, the Shinto god of rice.

Fox statues are commonly seen around the shrine, as foxes are believed to be Inari’s messengers. Tourists can hike up to the summit of the mountain – it takes approximately two to three hours.

3. Hakone Shrine

Located along the shores of Lake Ashi, the famous torii gate of Hakone Shrine stands with Mount Fuji in the backdrop. Nestled among the dense forest, the shrine gives off an otherworldly charm, especially when it is shrouded in mist during the early morning.

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