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 is a senior Euronews NBC science and nature correspondent. Since 2001, he has produced 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. He holds a double PhD degree in philology and information and communication sciences.

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