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Senjokaku (t, Senjōkaku, lit. "pavilion of 1000 mats") is the common name of Hokoku Shrine. The name describes the spaciousness of the building, as Senjokaku is in fact approximately the size of one thousand tatami mats. The hall, which dates back to 1587, is located on a small hill just beside Itsukushima Shrine.

Toyotomi Hideyoshi, one of the three unifiers of Japan, commissioned Senjokaku for the purpose of chanting Buddhist sutras for fallen soldiers. The building was not yet completed when Hideyoshi died in 1598. As Tokugawa Ieyasu took power thereafter rather than the Toyotomi heirs, the building was never fully completed.

Senjokaku is strikingly sparse, lacking proper ceilings and a front entrance. In 1872, the incomplete building was dedicated to the soul of its founder, Toyotomi Hideyoshi, which remains its present day religious function. Adjacent to Senjokaku stands a colorful five-storied pagoda originally built in 1407, predating the shrine itself.

Getting there and around

Senjokaku is a ten minute walk from the Miyajima ferry pier, located on the hill just beside Itsukushima Shrine.

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Hours and Fees

Hours

8:30 to 16:30

Closed

No closing days

Admission

100 yen

Hotels around Miyajima

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    • Miyajima Guest House Mikuniya
      Budget-friendly
      Located on Miyajima (Itsukushima), Miyajima Guest House Mikuniya offers a Japanese-style accommodation and a small garden. Free Wi-Fi is available. Miyajima Ferry Terminal is a 20-minute walk away. Guests can choose to stay in a private Japanese-style room or a dormitory room shared with other guests. All rooms feature tatami (woven-straw) flooring and traditional futon mattress. Bathrooms, shower rooms and toilets are shared with other guests. The common lounge features tourist guide books, a TV and a desktop computer. Lockers, washing machine and the common kitchen are also available to guests for free. Mikuniya Miyajima Guest House is a 6-minute walk from Itsukushima Shrine and Daisho-in Temple. Guests can also walk to Marine Plaza Miyajima within a 10-minute walk. A simple Western-style breakfast consisting of break, jam and coffee is available in the kitchen. Lunches and Dinners are not served, but guests are welcome to bring their own food and use the kitchen to prepare meals.
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    • Ryoso Kawaguchi
      Budget-friendly
      Located at Miyajima and featuring beautiful views of the five-story pagoda of Itsukushima Shrine, Ryoso Kawaguchi offers Japanese-style accommodations with free Wi-Fi. Guests can take the ferry boat from Miyajima-guchi Ferry Terminal to Miyajima Ferry Terminal, which is a 10-minute walk from the hotel. A free shuttle is also available from Miyajima Ferry Terminal. This hotel was selected as one of Top 25 B&Bs and Inns in Japan by TripAdvisor's Travelers' Choice Award 2013. Smoking is prohibited in all areas. The air-conditioned rooms feature tatami (woven-straw) flooring and Japanese futon beddings. A flat-screen TV, a fridge, and an electric kettle with green tea are included. Yukata robes and a private toilet are included in each room, but bathrooms are shared. The shared bath is available from 16:00 to 23:00. A common room is located on the 3rd floor and features books, a microwave, and mineral water. A free-use computer with internet is provided by the lobby. Drink vending machines and luggage storage services are also available. Dinner and breakfast can be served at extra charge. A Japanese set menu prepared with local delicacies is offered for dinner. For breakfast, guests can choose between a Western or Japanese set menu. Meals are served at the dining room. Kawaguchi Ryoso is a 5-minute walk from the historical Itukushima Shrine, and a 10-minute walk from Momijidani Park.
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    • Oyado Tsukiusagi
      Budget-friendly
      Oyado Tsukiusagi offers Japanese-style rooms and free WiFi, within a 10-minute walk from Itsukushima Shrine. Some rooms come with sea views, and all have a private bathroom. Rooms feature a traditional minimalist interior with a tatami (woven-straw) floor, Japanese decorations and traditional futon bedding. They are fitted with air conditioning, a TV and a bathroom with a shower, bathtub and toilet.
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    • Iwaso
      Luxury
      Located in the World Heritage Miyajima Island, Iwaso features Japanese-style accommodations with beautiful surrounding views. Guests can relax in the indoor and outdoor hot-spring baths and request for massages. A free shuttle is available from Miyajima Ferry Terminal, which is also a 5-minute walk away. The air-conditioned rooms feature tatami (woven-straw) floors and Japanese futon bedding. Rooms in the Annex include a private bathroom with a bath and toilet, while rooms in the historical Main Building and Cottage Annex have shared bathrooms and toilets. Guests can purchase local gifts at the souvenir shop and enjoy singing at the karaoke room. Photocopying and luggage storage services are available at the 24-hour front desk. A computer with internet is provided in the lobby for an extra charge. A traditional multi-course dinner featuring seafood and local ingredients are served at the dining room or guestsf rooms. A Japanese breakfast is served at Momiji restaurant. Iwaso Inn is a 5-minute walk from Itsukushima Shrine and Momijidani Park. Miyajima Aquarium is a 10-minute walk away.
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    • Hotel Miyajima Villa
      Mid-range
      Located in Miyajima, 700 metres from Five Storey Pagoda, Hotel Miyajima Villa provides accommodation with a restaurant, free private parking, a bar and a garden. The property is close to several well-known attractions, less than 1 km from The great Torii, a 19-minute walk from Momijidani Park and 1.4 km from Museum of History and Folklore. The hotel features a hot spring bath, luggage storage space and free WiFi throughout the property. At the hotel, every room comes with a desk, a flat-screen TV and a shared bathroom. All units will provide guests with a fridge. Hotel Miyajima Villa offers a buffet or Asian breakfast. Popular points of interest near the accommodation include Itsukushima Shrine, Daisho-in Temple and Miyajima Ferry Terminal. The nearest airport is Iwakuni Kintaikyo Airport, 18 km from Hotel Miyajima Villa.
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    • Kurayado Iroha
      Luxury
      Kurayado Iroha is located in Miyajimafs Omotesando Avenue, a 5-minute walk from Itsukushima Shinto Shrine and Miyajima Pier. The hotel offers a restaurant and Japanese-style rooms with free wired internet access. The stylish rooms at Kurayado Iroha feature tatami-mat flooring and private bathrooms. Amenities include a flat-screen TV and DVD player. The top floor indoor and outdoor public baths overlook Setonaikai Sea and the Otorii Shrine Gate. The hotel also provides business services and a souvenir shop. Caf? and Dining Yoimosezu provides freshly-ground coffee and tasty all-day dining. A Japanese breakfast and dinner are available, but dinner must be reserved in advance. Please note that nearby dining options are limited.
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    • Jukeiso
      Mid-range
      Jukeiso features Japanese-style rooms overlooking the majestic entrance gate (Torii) of Itsukushima-jinja Shrine, only a 5-minute walk from the Unesco World Heritage Site itself. The hotel offers public and private hot baths and a free shuttle to/from Miyajima Ferry Terminal. Free Wi-Fi is provided at the lobby. Japanese-style hotel Jukeiso is a 10-minute walk from Hokoku Shrine and Goju-no-To Pagoda. It's a 14-minute walk from Momijidani Park, and a 19-minute walk from the Miyajima Ropeway at Momijidani Station. Guests can unwind in a public indoor bath, which is available 24 hours, while an outdoor bath for private use offers views of Itsukushima-jinja Shrine. Free parking is available. Jukeiso serves a Japanese breakfast and dinner at its restaurant. Besides amazing nature views, comfortable rooms come with a flat-screen TV, a mini-fridge and an en suite bathroom. Yukata robes and green tea are provided. Guests sleep in Japanese futon bedding on the tatami (woven mat) floor.
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    • Nakaya B&B
      Budget-friendly
      Located on Miyajima Island and only a 5-minute walk from Itsukushima Shrine, Nakaya B&B has an English-speaking owner who provides local information. Free Wi-Fi is available in all rooms and the entire property is non-smoking. Miyajima Ferry Terminal is a 5-minute walk away. Guests can sleep in rooms with tatami (woven-straw) floors and Japanese futon bedding or in rooms with Western beds and hardwood floors. Includes both air conditioning and heating facilities, and a private toilet is included in some rooms. Bathrooms are shared with all guests or can be reserved for private use. B&B Nakaya is a 10-minute walk from Momijidani Park and Momijidani Ropeway Station. It is conveniently located just steps from a shopping arcade. Guests can enjoy DVDs on the flat-screen TV, drink complimentary coffee/tea or play board games at the shared lounge. A simple Western breakfast featuring freshly-baked bread is available at an additional charge, if reserved in advance. Meals are served at the dining room.
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    • Mizuhasou
      Budget-friendly
      Located right in front of Miyajima Aquarium and a 5-minute walk from Itsukushima Shrine's exit, Mizuhasou offers accommodations in a modern yet traditional d?cor. Free Wi-Fi is available at the entire building. Miyajima Ferry Terminal is a 15-minute walk away. The air-conditioned rooms feature a seating area, a flat-screen TV and a fridge. Rooms include a private toilet but bathrooms are shared. Japanese Yukata robes and room wear are provided for all guests, and you can choose to stay in either Japanese or Western-style rooms. Mizuhasou Inn is a 10-minute walk from Momijidani Park and a 15-minute walk from Momijidani Ropeway Station. Traditional multi-course meals are served for dinner and a Japanese set menu for breakfast. Japanese-style hotel Mizuhasou specialises in fresh seafood and exquisitely prepared local seasonal dishes. Meals are served at the dining room.
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    • Sakuraya
      Mid-range
      Renewed in 2013, Sakuraya offers affordable Japanese-style rooms with mountain or sea views. Free Wi-Fi is available at the public areas. Miyajima Ferry Terminal is a 3-minute walk away. The air-conditioned rooms feature tatami (woven-straw) floors and Japanese futon bedding. Each comes with a flat-screen TV and an electric kettle with green tea bags. All rooms have a private toilet, and some have shared bathroom facilities. The shared bath is available between 15:00-23:00 daily. Luggage storage is offered at the front desk and drink vending machines are on site. Guests can enjoy fresh oysters at the property. Sakuraya Inn is a 10-minute walk from Itsukushima Shrine and Momijidani Park. Miyajima Ropeway is a 15-minute walk away. No meals are served.
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