World Heritage and Intangible Cultural Heritage

Itsukushima Shinto Shrine

Inscribed: 1996

Components

Main data

Name of Property
Itsukushima Shinto Shrine
Components
Itsukushima-jinjaItsukushima
Place
Hatsukaichi City, Hiroshima Prefecture
Tentative List Submission
Tentative List Submission: 1992
Nommination
Nommination: Sep/1995
Inscribed
Inscribed: Dec/1996
Criteria
(ⅰ)(ⅱ)(ⅳ)(ⅵ)
Municipality
Hiroshima Prefecture Board of Education
Municipality Website
http://www.en.itsukushimajinja.jp/index.html
(Itsukushima-jinja)
UNESCO Website
https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/776
Photo
Hiroshima Prefecture Board of Education

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Explanation

The island of Itsukushima, in the Seto inland sea, has been a holy place of Shintoism since the earliest times. The first shrine buildings here were probably erected in the 6th century. The present shrine dates from the 12th century and the harmoniously arranged buildings reveal great artistic and technical skill. The shrine plays on the contrasts in colour and form between mountains and sea and illustrates the Japanese concept of scenic beauty, which combines nature and human creativity.