This gem of an island is considered one of Japan's top scenic places. It's been held sacred since ancient times prompting worshipers to build Itsukushima Shrine, now a World Heritage Site. The shrine is a strikingly beautiful icon with its vermillion-colored buildings and torii gate rising from the sea. Mount Misen, reached via trails or ropeway, offers splendid views of the Seto Inland Sea, while the island’s beaches attract sun worshippers.

Hiroshima is a modern city with a long history, evident at landmarks like Hiroshima Castle and Shukkei-en Garden. It's also famous for its oysters and as a gateway to nearby Miyajima.