32.2 The Torii at Itsukushima Shrine 鳥居 厳島神社 is one of Japan's best known icons. There has been a torii gate here since 1168, though the current reconstruction dates back to 1875. The torii is built of camphor wood and was built with four legs for additional stability. Since Itsukushima Shrine is built over water, the gate follows the same pattern, as originally the path to the shrine itself was through the ocean gate. The gate only appears to be floating at high tide.