Miyajima Island

    Miyajima Island, just a fifteen-minute ferry ride across Hiroshima Bay, is most famous as the home of one of Japan's "top three" views: the "floating" torii gate that marks the entrance to Itsukushima Shrine. These gates, which are used to delineate sacred space, can be found along the length and breadth of Japan - but Itsukushima's gate is unique in that when the tide comes in it appears to float on the water.