Before coming to Japan, I knew that it was a country comprised of a number of islands (though not as archipelagic as the Philippines). Most of the anime I watched as a kid were mostly set in either the big cities or mountainous countrysides. All of these changed when I got to visit Miyajima (Itsukushima) for a day trip.
A tourist can definitely go hopping around fantastic islands in Japan!
Getting here is fairly easy and just takes a brief train and ferry ride from Hiroshima. If time is not an issue, I highly suggest spending a night here especially if you want to experience the Japanese kind of island life and nature. I would say it’s a very unique kind of island because there’s only a small amount of shoreline (at least in the parts I visited) and cold bodies of water. If time is an issue, then an early day trip (8AM) should enable you to fully explore this beautiful island.
Words cannot really capture the natural beauty of this island. It reveals a different side of the Japan that you might have known of. I will definitely return here in the future.