Miyajima is a small island less than an hour outside
the city of Hiroshima. It is most famous for its giant torii gate, which
at high tide seems to float on the water. The sight is ranked as one of
Japan's three best views.
While officially named Itsukushima, the island is more commonly referred
to as Miyajima, Japanese for "shrine island". This is because
the island is so closely related to its key shrine, Itsukushima Shrine,
in the public's mind. Like the torii gate, the shrine's main buildings
are built over water.