Spot this historic pagoda and its distinctive red tiers towering into the sky from afar and come closer to see the 15th-century Buddhist monument’s intricate details.
The Five-Story Pagoda on Miyajima (Itsukushima) Island is an ancient architectural masterpiece and sacred site. Constructed in 1407, the impressive red tower incorporates elements of traditional Zen Buddhist designs, elegantly mixed with Japanese flourishes. Admire this stunning piece of sacred architecture from several different viewpoints on Miyajima and approach the structure to see its beautiful vermilion beams, white panels and gold detailing.
Gaze upward to see the Five-Story Pagoda towering into the sky behind Itsukushima Shrine. Standing at 91 feet (28 meters) tall, this ornate structure has lasted since the 15th century.
View the Five-Story Pagoda in all seasons. Surrounded by ancient pines, cherry trees and delicate maple trees, the Five-Story Pagoda is veiled by bright greens, delicate pinks and blazing orange. Snap photographs of the masterpiece from below, where the foliage of the surrounding trees contrasts strongly with the pagoda’s bright red paint. Wander up the hill to investigate the Five-Story Pagoda from a closer vantage point. Admire its magnificent tiered design and striking black roof.
As the pagoda is a significant spiritual and historic site, it is generally forbidden to enter. Use your imagination to picture the Buddhist scenes and intricate designs painted in bright colors and gold tones inside the structure.
The Five-Story Pagoda is about a 10-minute walk from Miyajima Pier, up the hill behind Itsukushima Shrine. The pagoda grounds are free to visit and open daily. The tower is located adjacent to Senjokaku, the “Hall of One Thousand Tatami Mats.” Combine your visit to the pagoda with a trip to Miyajima’s iconic Itsukushima Shrine, a magnificent sacred structure that appears to float above the waters of the Onoseto Strait.
Catch a ferry across the strait from Miyajimaguchi Train Station, approximately 25 minutes by train from Hatsukaichi Station. You won’t be able to miss the shrine’s majestic torii, the distinctive red gate that towers over the water between Miyajima and Hatsukaichi’s coast.