Miyajima or the "Shrine Island," is one of Japan's most important and most popular coastal sites. Covering about 30 square kilometers of Hiroshima Bay, the island is famous for the magnificent Itsukushima Shrine. The shrine is dedicated to the Princesses Ichikishimahime, Tagorihime, and Tagitsu-hime, daughters of the Shinto wind god Susanoo. The shrine was first mentioned in AD 811. The buildings of the shrine rise out of the waters of a small bay supported on piles. When it is high tide the shrine appears to float on the water and is picture-perfect in the evening. This is one of the most picturesque attractions in Hiroshima and causes quite a colorful spectacle with the red timber framing and white walls (the buildings are linked by covered gangways). Highlights include the Honden (Main Hall), the Offerings Hall (Heiden), the Prayer Hall (Haiden), and the Hall of a Thousand Mats (Senjokaku). Be sure to not to rush around the island and try to spend time enjoying the exquisite gardens where wild, yet friendly deer often wander.