Click on title to view photo in large format. A waxing tide floods the massive wooden legs of Torii Gate on Miyajima Island. The entire island, located across the bay from Hiroshima, Japan, is a spiritual wonderland. Designated as one of the top three most beautiful sites in Japan, it is covered in shrines, the most famous of which is Itsukushima Shrine.
Standing offshore, the Torii Gate is considered to be the boundary between the spirit and human worlds. The immense wooden structure stands nearly 55 feet tall and weighs 60 tons. At low tide, visitors walk out and press a coin into one of it’s gigantic legs for good luck. While impressive at low tide, the real magic of the Torii Gate on Miyajima Island happens when the sea rushes back in. At high tide, the base is flooded and appears to be magically floating on the water.