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Torii Gate, a symbolic gateway marking the entrance to the sacred precincts of a Shintō shrine in Japan. The torii, which has many variations, characteristically consists of two cylindrical vertical posts topped by a crosswise rectangular beam extending beyond the posts on either side and a second crosswise beam a short distance below the first.

Torii Gate is constructed in front of the Shinto shrines to mark the territory of the divine spirits and shield the entrance to the shrine. Torii Gates come in various sizes and shapes, from small to extremely large, from simple to complex. However, all of them have a common meaning of connecting our world with the world of Shinto gods.

One of the most famous Torii Gates in Japan is the Torii Gate at Miyajima situated in a small island off the coast of Hiroshima. This Torii Gate floats on the water’s surface during high tide, creating a beautiful picture of the Torii Gate against the blue sea. With its unique architecture and beautiful vibrant colors, the Torii Gate at Miyajima attracts millions of tourists from all over the world every year.

Outside of Miyajima, Torii Gates can also be found in many other Shinto shrines throughout Japan with its own unique shape, size, and beauty, reflecting the diversity and richness of Japanese culture.

When visiting Japan, make sure that you’ll spend the time to learn and appreciate the distinctive beauty of the Torii Gates, feel the connection between the human world and the world of Shinto deities.

Torii Gate at Miyajima

With their unique beauty and spiritual value, Torii Gates have become one of the top attractions that draw tourists to Japan. Besides conveying spiritual values, the Torii Gate is also regarded as a symbol of Japanese culture and considered one of the world’s most unique and beautiful architectural wonders.

Imagine a trip to Miyajima, where Japan’s most impressive Torii Gate is located. If you arrive at low tide, the Torii Gate will be submerged in water, and you will only see the simple pillars standing in the middle of the blue sea. But as the tide rises, the Torii Gate emerges from the water and becomes a stunning highlight in the deep blue sea. This scene will make you feel like you’re living in a beautiful masterpiece of nature and art.

At different Shinto shrines, you can see Torii Gates with different shapes and colors, from the largest Torii Gate at Fushimi Inari Shrine in Kyoto to the simplest Torii Gate at Shirakawa Shrine in Tokyo. These Torii Gates not only have spiritual significance but also represent the diversity and richness of Japanese culture.

Plan your trip and experience the diversity and uniqueness of Torii Gates and Japanese culture this summer with AV Travel and bring home memories that last a lifetime!