Hidden Tourist Spot in Miyajima: KiyoMori Shrine, Built to Honor Lord Taira no Kiyomori, Quietly Stands by the Sea

The main attractions of Miyajima, a major tourist destination, are the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Itsukushima Shrine, and the grand torii gate standing in the water. Quietly nestled about a 5-minute walk west from there is Kiyomori Shrine.

Kiyomori Shrine was established in 1954 to honor Lord Taira no Kiyomori, who laid the foundation of present-day Miyajima.

Exiting from the Itsukushima Shrine exit and passing through Daiganji Temple to reach the seaside, you’ll come across “Nishi no Matsubara” (the West Pine Forest). Kiyomori Shrine sits further back, surrounded by pine trees.

The beautiful contrast between the vibrant vermilion color of the main hall, the greenery of the pines, and the sea creates a stunning scenery, allowing visiting tourists to leisurely explore the surroundings or simply relax for a while.

Previously, the roof, covered with cypress bark, had worn out, causing the vermilion color to fade. However, renovation work was carried out in 2017, bringing the shrine back to its current beautiful state.

March 20th, considered the death anniversary of Lord Taira no Kiyomori, is celebrated annually with the “Kiyomori Shrine Festival,” where ceremonies are conducted in the main hall.

Furthermore, during the event “Miyajima Kiyomori Festival,” which resembles a procession of the Taira clan, participants depart from the pier front square, visit Itsukushima Shrine, and finally arrive at Kiyomori Shrine for worship. This year, the event is scheduled to be held on Sunday, March 24th.