The Seto Inland Sea separates the island of Shikoku from Honshu and contains some 3,000 smaller islands. This area has outstanding birdwatching and some of the most famous and amazing temples and traditional Gardens in Japan.
Miyajima island (above) is a complete Buddhist shrine and no trees are allowed to be cut down there which encourages bird life. Its main attraction is the famous Gate which at high tide is surrounded by the sea but what grabbed our attention were the Black Eared Kites soaring above and perched on it.
You can visit Hiroshima with its museum and peace park which will really move you or if you're into Manga walk around Kurayoshi and match the streets with the scenes from the book. Why not visit Naoshima Island with its fabulous displays scattered all over the island, superb art museum and giant pumpkins on the shore.
For more information about visiting this part of Japan follow this link to Britain's Asian cruise specialists The Cruise Line