The centuries-old Itsukushima Shrine on Miyajima is the source of both the island's fame and its name. Formally named Itsukushima, the island is more popularly known as Miyajima literally shrine island in Japanese thanks to its star attraction. The shrine is known worldwide for its iconic floating torii gate. The shrine and its torii gate are unique for being built over water seemingly floating in the sea during high tide. The shrine complex consists of multiple buildings including a prayer hall a main hall and a noh theater stage which are connected by boardwalks and supported by pillars above the sea. The shrine complex is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the Japanese government has designated several buildings and possessions as National Treasures.
Accessible from Hiroshima Station by taking the JR Sanyo Line to Miyajimaguchi Station followed by a ferry ride and a ten-minute walk from Miyajima Pier.