What to See: The main attraction of the island is a beautiful torii, otherwise known as a welcome gate. This ornate monument is situated in the shallows of the water, which provides a dramatic backdrop to the coastal town on the other side of the bay. Its official name is the Itsukushima Shrine, and it is actually considered a world heritage site. If that doesn't lure you in, the shrine was first built circa the 6th century, and the Japanese government has declared it a national treasure.
Travel Tip: It is a commitment to get to. It took a plane across the Pacific, a bullet train, a drive into the countryside, and finally a ferry boat to reach this beautiful and unique place.