Shirahige Shrine: The Hidden Floating Torii Gate

Shirahige Shrine: Hidden Gem Shrine with a Large Floating Torii Gate

This magnificent view of the floating torii gate can be captured at Shirahige Shrine (白鬚神社). You may think it looks similar to the torii gate at Itsukushima Shrine on Miyajima island, Hiroshima, but this one is actually located in Shiga Prefecture. The floating gate of Shirahige Shrine stands on Lake Biwa, the biggest lake in Japan.

Shirahige Shrine is a Shinto shrine located in Takashima City and dedicated to Sarutahiko Okami. The main hall of the shrine is located inland opposite the floating torii gate. Shirahige Shrine has accordingly over 1900 years history and is known for the divine favour for long life, health and safety. It has been popular as a power spot among locals, but because of the magnificent view of the floating torii gate, it also fascinates photographers and tourists recently. The torii gate that stands on north-west of Lake Biwa is one of the best hidden gems in Japan

Shirahige Shrine is situated about 3km away from the nearest station (Oumitakashima Station), which is can be directly accessed from Kyoto in 40 mins by a train ride. From the station, you may have to take a tax (5 mins) or walk (30 mins). If you wish to capture the special moment, we recommend you to get there before sunrise in early morning. The view of the sun rising behind the majestic torii gate is just breathtaking.


Access: 30 mins walk or 5 mins by taxi from JR Oumitakashima Station (40 mins from Kyoto Station by JR Kosai Line)

Hours: Always open

Fee: Free

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