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Most of the old provinces of Japan had one or more ichinomiya, which gave rise to place names, such as the city of Ichinomiya, Aichi. Shrines of the lower rank are called ninomiya (二宮, second), sannomiya (三宮, third), shinomiya (四宮, fourth), and so forth.
Ichinomiya developed from the system of classification and ranking of shrines within a province.
thumb|List of ichinomiya all across Japan, Tamura Shrine, the ichinomiya of Sanuki Province
- Encyclopedia of Shinto, "Ichi no miya/ Sōja; retrieved 2013-5-14.
- National Association of Ichinomiya (Japanese)