Itsukushima Shrine(厳島神社) is one of the most famous shrines in Japan. It is located on Miyajima Island in Hiroshima Prefecture. In addition, the view of Itsukushima Shrine is one of the three scenic spots in Japan, and was also designated as an UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996.
The majority of the current area of Hiroshima City was under the sea, with the seawater reaching farther inland along the lower reaches of the present-day Ota River, forming a bay. The ancient name of Hiroshima prefecture is Aki province, where the provincial government offices were located. The same area has remained the main center of administration ever since. Hence, the full name of Miyajima (Aki no Miyajima), derives from the ancient name of the territory where the island belongs to.