Japan's Seto Inland Sea lies sandwiched between Honshu, Shikoku and Kyushu, three of Japan's four main islands. Peppered with tiny islets and fishing communities, the Seto area is also home to Miyajima - which boasts one of the most recognisable views in Japan.
The Floating Gate of Miyajima
Itsukushima Shrine is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that sits on the water facing inland toward Hiroshima. Its vermilion torii gate, which symbolises the entrance to sacred ground, seems to float out in the bay, and is one of the most instantly recognisable images of Japan.
Miyajima itself is a beautiful, wooded island with a population of friendly deer and a quiet, traditional town centre. If you have the time, spend a night here in a ryokan inn and enjoy the peace and quiet of the island as dusk falls and all the tourists head back to the mainland, leaving the wood-panelled streets deserted.