Farther south, but still in the waters of the Inland Sea, is the island of Miyajima. While the island's given name is Itsukushima, even train and ferry tickets use its popular name, which means "shrine island." It's well-known for three things in particular: the bright orange torii gate that greets visitors from the water in front of the Itsukushima shrine, the world's largest rice scoop, and the wild deer that walk its shores. Ask an official in the tourism booth at the port where to find the deer and they'll give you a one-word answer: everywhere. Yes, from the moment you step off the ferry and exit the port, there's an abundance of deer just waiting to devour tourist maps and anything else they can get their mouths on. And even though they're a big part of the tourism draw for the island, feeding them is not encouraged, so what you'll find is a bunch of hungry and expectant deer that can't quite catch a break.
They trot down the main roads, curl up in groups near Senjokaku, the Hall of One Thousand Tatami mats, wait expectantly outside restaurants, and stand at the torii gate vantage point ready to photo-bomb any and all tourists in hopes of scoring a small treat for their efforts. They'll submit to pets, but only in hopes of some kind of reward. For the safety of visitors, their antlers are removed, and only the youngest deer still have antler sprouts.