Miyajima is a small island outside the city of Hiroshima. It is famous for its Tori gate. It's one of Japan's most popular tourist sites. Miyajima means, "shrine island," in Japanese. Tori is a traditional Japanese gate most commonly found at the entrance of or within a Shinto Shrine; where it symbolically marks the entrance to a sacred space. They are a common sight at Japanese Buddhist temples; where they stand at the entrance of the temple’s own shrine. The Tori gate is set out in the Seto Inland Sea. The shrine is called, Itsukushima Shrine, and is located in a small inlet. Both of them were designed and built on a pier-like structure over the bay so that it would appear to be floating on the water during high tide. But when the tide is low, the Tori gate is approachable by foot from the island. You may gather shellfish near the gate at low tide. At night, powerful lights on the shore illuminate the shrine and Tori gate.
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