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The island of Itsukushima, also known as Miyajima of Aki, is located northwest of Hiroshima Bay. Historically known as a sacred place, it was often visited by nobles, including Tairano Kiyomori, a military leader of the late Heian Period (794-1185) who helped rebuild the island’s shrine in 1168. During the Edo Period (1603-1868), the island also began to attract other kinds of travelers and became known as the “land of enjoyment.”

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