Japan’s iconic Itsukushima Shrine returns to its glory after renovation

HIROSHIMA, Nov 01 (The Nation) - The familiar sight of the iconic vermilion Otorii gate at Itsukushima Shrine in Hatsukaichi, Hiroshima Prefecture, has returned after three years of renovation nears completion.

The current gate, which stands in the bay leading to the coastal World Heritage site, is said to have been built in 1875 and has been designated as an important cultural property.

Due to ageing, major repair work began in June 2019 that entailed replacing the cypress bark roofing, repainting columns that were noticeably damaged and other improvements. The gate had been covered with protective sheets during the renovation. ...continue reading