Itsukushima Shrine, Miyajima
Photo: Nicki Eliza Schinow/UnsplashAn undated stock photo of Itsukushima Shrine

The scaffolding around Miyajima’s floating torii gate has been removed

Good news – restoration work on Itsukushima Shrine’s famous 'floating' torii gate will be completed by year end

Kaila Imada
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Kaila Imada

Miyajima’s Itsukushima Shrine is undoubtedly one of Japan’s most beautiful destinations. The Shinto shrine is best known for its massive vermilion otorii gate that stands in the sea a short distance from the main shrine. 

Since June 2019, the otorii gate has been covered in scaffolding as part of the long, arduous process of restoration. The renovation work is scheduled to be fully completed by the end of 2022, but folks in the area have noticed that most of the scaffolding has been taken down over the last week. 

According to the Miyajima Tourist Association, the removal of the scaffolding started at the beginning of October. While there's no finalised date on when all the restoration work will be complete, the remaining bits of scaffolding are set to be removed before the end of the year.

If you’re planning on visiting Miyajima to see the iconic 'floating' gate, you’re in luck. You can finally see the grand otorii in (almost) all its full glory. 

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