The area around the shrine is very busy and there are streets of souvenir and sweet shops. but, if you are prepared to wait for a gap in the crowds and to snap quickly, you can get a sense of serenity.
The island's highest peak is Mount Misen at 500 meters (1800 feet) and you can get most of the way my 'ropeway' which is actually two cable car systems. This is the first one.
The January cold weather was creating a haze but despite the bad photos I think you can see that the view is fantastic.