Miyajima island, located near the mainland Hiroshima, is home to the sacred Itsukushima Shrine, a Shinto temple dedicated to the princess daughters of the wind god Susanoo. Also known as Japan's Shrine Island, it's a fascinating place to explore especially its larger halls. These include the magnificent Offering Hall (Heiden), Main Hall (Honden), Hall of thousand mats (Senjokaku) and the Prayer Hall (Haiden). This shrine looks stunning during high tides. At the shrine's stage you'll be entertained with traditional musical and dance performances. The exquisite gardens and grounds housing exquisite bird colonies and animals add to the beauty of the island. Mikurajima Island, also known as Miracle Island, is one the best places in the country to see and swim with wild dolphins. It also has lush green forests, exciting hiking trails and dramatic coastlines. You can spot humpback whales from January to March in the waters around the Kerama Islands. Also, there is a high chance of you spotting this exotic species on your tours around Zamani and Tokashiki Islands. Ishigaki Island is a trending travel spot in Japan. Kabira Bay, Ishigaki Limestone Cave and Taketomi Island are the key attractions of this place. With its turquoise water and white sands you can indulge in snorkeling or simply relax by the beach. Taketomi Island, located in the Okinawa Prefecture district, is one the famous places in Japan for its preserved traditional style. The one storied houses surrounded by stone walls and covered with red tiled roofs will take you back in time. You can also indulge in a plethora of adventure activities like kayaking, boardwalks, forest tours, stand up paddling and much more. Kozushima Island, situated to the south of Izu Peninsula, is a part of the Izu and Ogasawara Islands cluster. It has pristine beaches, campsites, Mount Tenjo, a water playground called Akasaki Promenade and much more. You can enjoy a calm night under a sky full of stars and if you are lucky, you can even witness shooting stars. Okinawa Island is one of the well-known and easily accessible tropical islands in Japan. Its culture and history are strongly linked with Taiwan and China. You can learn more about its history at the Okinawa Prefectural Museum. Yoron Island is an ideal place for people seeking an escape from bustling cities. As it's not an easy place to access, most of the beaches are untouched. With so much solitude lingering in and around, this scenic island feels like it's all your own. Ogasawara Islands, also known as Bonin Islands, are an archipelago of over 30 tropical islands, nearly 1,000 kilometers south of Tokyo. The Ogasawara National Park is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. These islands offer forest-covered hills, serene beaches, coral reefs and seas that house a plethora of different marine animals, including dolphins, green turtles, humpback whales, tropical fishes and giant squid. You can join an eco-tour to Amijima Marine Park or go hiking to the top of Mount Chibusa. You can even go snorkeling or scuba diving to see the beautiful coral reefs. Visiting the exotic Hahajima Island and Chichijima Island is a must. Oshima, Iriomote, Okinoshima, Enoshima, Okunoshima, Anami Oshima, Naoshima are some of the other popular islands in Japan you must visit if you can.