The reason why this is important to know this because, when the tide is high, the great Torii and other structures of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Itsukushima Shrine look like they're floating in the water and when the tide is low, people can actually walk right up to and touch the great Torii (that's located some 200 meters away from shore). And yes, I did actually time it so that my mother and I were at Itsukushima Shrine at high tide -- and thus were able to see it at its most picturesque -- the day that we arrived in Miyajima and thanks to our electing to stay overnight on the island, we were also still around when the tide went down to its lowest level that day! :)
I had read lots about Miyajima's floating great Torii and shrine but
I still wasn't truly prepared for how breathakingly awesome it all was
The great Torii of Itsukushima shrine is some 16.6 meters high, and
the eighth that has stood on the same site over around nine centuries
Dedicated to three daughters of the sea goddess, Itsukushima is
a Shinto shrine with more than 1,400 years of history behind it
One doesn't have to be religious to see beauty pretty much
everywhere one looks at Itsukushima
The shrine is so beautiful at high tide that even the large nunberof tourists about the place couldn't distract me from appreciating it!
At this ancient Shinto shrine, water could be found
in many other places besides the water troughs...
I think all the water around us got Puppet Ponyo wanting to get
closer to the water than I think should have been the case... ;S
taking place when we visited Itsukushima shrine! :)