I wrote an article on Itsukushima Shrine (Hiroshima) last week but later found out from a follower’s comment that its main Torii (Red Gate) is covered in scaffolding for renovation work.

Although the Shrine’s main and other buildings are open as per usual, for those who want to see the Torii, in particular, it may not be the best time. Regardless, I would still recommend visiting for all its beautiful buildings on the water…

Itsukushima Shrine, Hiroshima

Anyway, I created a list of eight major spots in Japan that are under renovations (as of August 20, 2019). We’ll be updating the list to reflect the latest situations of the sites periodically. Let’s take a look:

  1. Kiyomizu Temple, Kyoto
  2. Chion-in Miei-do, Kyoto
  3. Kyocera Museum, Kyoto
  4. The Phoenix Hall of Byodoin, Kyoto
  5. Hieizan Enryakuji Temple, Shiga
  6. Itsukushima Shrine, Hiroshima
  7. Yakushiji Temple, Nara
  8. Nagoya Castle, Nagoya

Note: Some of the links above are in Japanese Only

1. Kiyomizu Temple, Kyoto

Level 2 (Impact on the exterior of the main building), From February 2017 – To Be Announced

Kiyomizu Temple, Kyoto

2. Chion-in Miei-do, Kyoto

Level 1 (Minor Impact on the exterior), Towards the end of 2019

Chion-in Mikage-do, Kyoto

3. Kyocera Museum, Kyoto

Level 3 (Temporarily Closed), Until March 21st, 2020

Kyocera Museum, Kyoto

4. The Phoenix Hall of Byodoin, Kyoto

Level 1 (Minor Impact on the interior and others), Until November 2019

The Phoenix Hall of Byodoin, Nara

5. Hieizan Enryakuji Temple, Shiga

Level 1 (Minor Impact on the exterior), Until 2026

Hieizan Enryakuji Temple, Shiga

6. Itsukushima Shrine, Hiroshima

Level 2 (Scaffolding around the Torii or the Red Gate), June 2019 – To Be Announced

Itsukushima Shrine, Hiroshima

7. Yakushiji Temple, Nara

Level 1 (Minor Impact on the exterior), Until May 2020

Yakushiji Temple, Nara

8. Nagoya Castle, Nagoya

Level 2 (Impact on the exterior of the main castle building), Until December 2022

Nagoya Castle, Nagoya

Always check the latest status before you visit!