The Itsukushima Jinja is a 1400 year Shinto holy place constructed over the water. . The shrine was built in the Shinden architectural style popular during the Heian Period. The famous Otorii facing the shrine is located further out to sea. It serves as a gate to the seaward entrance to the shrine. However, when the tide is low, the gate is surrounded by mud and can be easily accessed by foot from the island. The Torii gate has existed since 1168. Due to the corrosive effects of saltwater, the Torii has been reconstructed 17 times since then The current gate dates back to 1875. The gate is about 16 meters high and was built in a four-legged style.