How to visit Itsukushima Shrine

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  1. Entrance
  2. Marodo (Guest Deity) Shrine: This is where all festivals are held. It consists of a Main Hall, Offering Hall, Worship Hall, and Purification Hall.
  3. Morning Service Hall (Asazaya): Where the priests, etc. gather for meetings. Believed to be in the style of the Kamakura period, it is an Important Cultural Property.
  4. East Corridor: 108 bays in length. The bending corridors are all different lengths, and are lined with bronze lanterns on both sides.
  5. Main Shrine: Consists of the Main Hall, Offering Hall, Worship Hall, and Purification Hall. It enshrines the goddesses Ichikishima-hime, Tagori-hime and Tagitsu-hime.
  6. High Stage: A stage for performing ancient court dances known as bugaku.
  7. Open Stage: A broad stage opening out in front of the Main Shrine.
  8. Daikoku Shrine: Originally a place to temporarily store offerings which were then taken to the Main Shrine.
  9. Tenjin-sha: Donated by Mori Takamoto. Until the mid-Meiji period, renga linked verse poems were recited on the 25th of each month in its worship hall.
  10. West Corridor: On the sea side it faces the noh stage, while on the land side, it faces the Tenjin-sha.
  11. Arched Bridge: Originally built at the end of the Heian period for imperial messengers to visit the shrine. 23.7 meters long, 3.9 meters wide
  12. Noh stage: Sacred noh performances are held here between April 16 and 18. Completed thanks to a donation by Mori Motonari.
  13. Exit: As this was the original entrance, it has a curved gable (kara-hafu). The river the stone bridge crosses is called the Mitarai (Hand-Washing) River, and was used to wash hands for ritual purification when visiting.

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