Miyajima Island is home to one of the most photographed sights in Japan: Itsukushima Shrine. The buildings of the revered shrine float mysteriously on top the water at high tide, and a single blood-orange torii gate appears marooned in the Seto Inland Sea. Mt. Mizen provides a spectacular view as you approach the treasured island via high-speed ferry.
Hiroshima has rebuilt and recovered since it became the first city in the world to be hit by an atomic bomb in 1945. Today, the Peace Memorial Museum recounts the somber history of the event. Outside, the Peace Memorial Park is dedicated to the joy of life and holds simple, commemorative monuments like the Peace Flame and Memorial Cenotaph.