A short train and ferry ride from Hiroshima, one of the world's hidden gems rests gently on the waters of Japan's Inland Sea.
The Itsukushima Shrine offers a watery welcome to those who make the 10-minute journey from the mainland to Miyajima, the 30 sq/km island which is home to just 2000 locals.
The floating torii gate is a regional icon, and the first glimpse from the ferry is disappointing, overshadowed by the surrounding hills.
The best view is from the shrine itself; a brief walk from the dock.
The Gojunoto, or five-tiered Pagoda, was built in 1407.
Deer wander the island.