Our Japanese Adventures continue on Itsukushima – a small island in Hiroshima Bay, often called Miyajima, or the “Shrine Island”.

Denis Loctier, Euronews: “It’s rather unusual to discover a famous landmark on a kayak, except if you’re visiting the Itsukushima Shrine, best known for its ‘floating’ Torii gate.”

At high tide, the Seto Inland Sea partially submerges the 16-metre high Great Torii Gate that appears to be floating in front of the sacred Shinto shrine.

Kouichi Haruna, Kayaking guide: “The most beautiful sight of Miyajima is this ensemble of the great Gate, the shrine and the mountains. You can only truly see this from the water — that’s why many visitors like to get in a kayak!”

In the past, the Torii gate was used by pilgrims’ visiting the Itsukushima Shrine. Today, the whole complex is a World heritage site; its design dates back to the 12th century and is considered one of the most remarkable ensembles of Shinto architecture.

Denis Loctier

Denis Loctier is a senior Euronews science and nature correspondent, producer and presenter of the "Ocean" documentary series, exploring themes such as pollution and marine life, the blue economy, sustainable fishing, aquaculture, climate change, ocean energy and more. Since 2001, he has produced short TV documentaries on more than 150 international research projects and covered a variety of other topics, from international politics and military conflicts to economy and tourism. Denis Loctier holds a double PhD degree in philology and information and communication sciences.

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