Sunday, July 3, 2011
This really is the tallest torii in Japan, located in the town of Tanabe City in the mountains of wakayama.
It is made of steel and is 33.9 meters tall. It weighs 172 tons, and the top lintel is 42 meters wide.
The torii stands at the entrance to the original site of the Hongu Taisha Shrine that stood for more than 1,000 years on a sandbar where several rivers meet. In 1889 a disastrous flood destroyed the shrine and it was moved to its present hilltop site a few hundred meters away.