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UNESCO World Heritages in Kyushu

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We have four UNESCO World Heritages in Kyushu.

 

Those sites are located all over Kyushu.

 Sites of Japan’s Meiji Industrial Revolution   registered in 2015

Hidden Christian Sites in the Nagasaki Region   registered in 2018

The Sacred Island Okinoshiam and Associated site in the Munakata region  registered in 2017

Yama, Hoko, Yatai, float festivals in Japan   registered in 2016

 


 

 Sites of Japan’s Meiji Industrial Revolution 

Iron and Steel, Shipbuilding, and Coal Mining, are a grouping of historic sites that played

an important part in the industrialization of Japan in the Bakumatsu and Meiji periods.

Location of the site : Kitakyushu, Nakama, Saga, Omuta, Arao, Misumi, Nagasaki, Kagoshima

 


 

Hidden Christian Sites in the Nagasaki Region

Hidden Christian Site in Nagasaki Regions bear unique testimony to the tradition of people and

their communities who secretly transmitted their faith in Christianity while surviving in the midst

of the conventional society and its religions during the time of prohibition.

Location of the sites : Nagasaki, Shimabara, Amakusa

 


 

The Sacred Island Okinoshiam and Associated site in the Munakata

The island of Okinoshima is located sougonnni in the ocean between Japan and Korea, 

As even landing on the island has been prohibited, the strict taboos have preserved archaeological

ritural sites on the island almost intact over a millennium.In three shrines of Munakata Taisha, located

in the islands of Okinshima, Oshima and Kyushu.  From Okitsu-miya Yohaisho on Oshima, we can

worship Okinoshima from afar. And Shimbaru-Nuyama Mounded Tomb Group is the evidence of people

who nurtured the tradition of worshipping the sacred island.

Location of the sites : Munakata, Fukutsu, Oshima

 


 

Yama, Hoko, Yatai, float festivals in Japan  

In cities and towns throughout Japan, float festivals are held by communities annually to pray

to the gods for peace and protection from natural disasters.

Location of the site : Kitakyushu, Fukuoka, Hita, Karatsu, Yatsushiro

 


 

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please ring our office a call in English    Tel : +81-93-521-8897

Address :  AIM buiding 6th floor, 3-8-1 Asano, Kokura-kitaku, Kitakyushu-city, Fukuoka-prefecture 

 


 

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Munakata & Fukutsu travel Guide

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Munakata Region is located in the west part of  Fukuoka-prefecture  and facing to Genkai Sea.

The area are consist of Munakata, Fukutsu, Akama and Oshima Island.

 


 

Munakata  

 

Munakata Shrine Hetsu-gu, UNESCO World Heritage

Hetsu-gu is one of the three shrines that comprise Munakata Shrine and enshrines

Ichikishimahime-no-Kami, one of the three female deities of Munakata.  Visitors passing

through the torii gate and proceeding along the path will find the Main Hall, dedicated to

Ichikishimahime-no-Kami, beyond the Shinmon gate  

 

 Torii Gate      

Entrance

Shrine main building


 

Takamiya Saijo

The steps lead to Takamiya Saijo (Ceremonial Site), where ancient rituals were performed.
Takamiya Saijo is very important since the rituals currently observed at Hetsu-gu originated there.
To the northwest of the ceremonial site, visitors can view the marine route linking Hetsu-gu with

Okinoshima via the Tsurikawa River, Oshima, and finally across the Genkai Sea.

 

    Entrance of Takamiya Saijo

 Worship at Takamiya Saijo

Takamiya Saijo Japan’s oldest

 Ancient style Shrine 


 

Fukutsu

 

Shinbaru-Nuyama Mounted Tombs, UNESCO World Heritage​

The Tomb Group comprises the tombs of the Munakata clan, an ancient powerful family that led

interactions with overseas countries. The Munakata clan also performed rituals on Okinoshima

and nurtured the tradition of faith in in the sacred island.

 


 

Miyajidake Shrine

The Shimenawa is the biggest in Japan.

Surprisingly, weight is 3ton, with 2.6m diameter and 11m length.

Shimenawa is the thick, twisted, straw rope. It was believed in ancient days that a Shimenawa

had the power to keep off evil sprits, so many objects connected with Shinto Shrines decorated.

 


 

Akama  

 

Sake Brewery, Katsuya Shuzo

Katsuya Shuzo is a renown local Sake brewery has long history, established in 1790.

The Goshinshu or dedicated Sake to deity for Munakata Shrine is being made this Brewey.

Recommended Sake are Okinoshina, Naranoki and Genkainada.

 

   

 

Akama Inn town in Karatsu road, made during Edo period​

 

 

Oshima Island  

Oshima Island located 11 km from Konominato Port in Munakata-city, and is the largest

island in Fukuoka-prefecture. The population of the island is around 700.

 

Access to Oshima Island

Oshima Ferry, it takes 25 minutes by Oshima and 15 minutes by Shiokaze.

 

          Konominato Port 

        to Oshima Island

      Oshima Port


 

Munakata Shrine Nakatsu-gu, UNESCO World Heritage

Nakatsu-gu, one of the three shrines that comprise Munakata Taisha, is situated on this island

and enshrines Tagitsuhime-no-Kami, one of the Three Goddesses of Munakata.

 


 

Munakata Shrine Okitsu-gu Yohaisho, UNESCO World Heritage   

Because Okinoshima has long been an object of worship, public access to the island is strictly limited.
The Okinoshima landscape has been preserved intact until now because local people have strictly

observed various taboos.  For example, even if one is allowed to land on the island, one is forbidden

to speak a word about what one has seen or heard there; and one must never take anything from the

island, not even a twig, blade of grass, or pebble.

 

     

 

Windmill Observatory  

From the site of a cannon fort used during World War II, visitors can view Okinoshima

on a clear day.

The path linking the fort site with Okitsu-gu Yohaisho was constructed by the Japanese

Imperial Army.

 

 

 

Mitake mountain Observatory

From the observation deck atop Mt Mitakesan, visitors can view not only the main island of Kyushu,

but also Okinoshima Island.

 

     

 

Lunch at Japanese Inn

     

 


 

 Location of Munakata & Fukutsu

 

  

 

 


 

Contact us  

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Your equiry can be sent by selecting the Enquiry Form link below.

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You can also contact us by e-mail at info@japan-kyushu-tourist.com

And we would love to chat about your travel plans on the phone as well,

please ring our office a call in English    Tel : +81-93-521-8897

 


 

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We are offering various types of tours, and the tour results up to now are shown links below. 

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Fukuoka customized tours

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Japan KYUSHU Tourist is the specialist of Fukuoka and Kyushu tour in Japan.

We offer various types of customized private tours exclusively for you.

 

Kyushu is a paradise of Japan travel like no others.

One of our most proud things in Kyushu is Japanese cuisines and local delicacies.

You can enjoy many different dishes using fresh and unique ingredients in various

places during your travel.

 

We have prepared Suggested Kyushu tour itineraries that have been created based on

abundant latest local tourist information collected by our own site investigation.

And also the itinerary have been considered the numerous tour results reflecting the

customers satisfactions.

 


 

Long duration Kyushu tours in Japan 

Kyushu is the paradise of Japan travel like no others.  

Kyushu has rich landscapes including nature and diverse cultures including food cultures.

It has a variety of histories all over Kyushu, and nature and urban are harmonized.

You can enjoy a lot of things here in Kyushu what you want to experience.

 

11 days 

Kyushu tour

8 days Northern &

Central Kyushu tour

8 days

Southern Kyushu tour

 

Exploring throughout Kyushu.

Enjoy Japanese cuisines,

local delicacies, Nature, Onsen, Shopping of local specialties 

and any other amazing things

 

Exploring Saga, Nagasaki, Kumamoto, Oita and Fukuoka.

Many fascinating tourist destinations are concentrated

in this area.

 

Exploring Miyazaki and Kagoshima prefecture.

A lot of unique and featured tourist places are visited


 

6 days

North-West Kyushu tour

7 days 

Central Kyushu tour

 

Exploring Saga, Nagasaki, Shimabara, Unzen , Yanagawa, Kitakyushu, Fukuoka

 

Exploring Amakusa,

Kumamoto, Aso, Kurokawa, Takachiho, Okugungo,

Chikugo, Fukuoka

 

Exploring Asakura, Ukiha,

Okugungo, Yufuin, Beppu,

Usa, Kunisaki Peninsula, Kitakyushu , Fukuoka


 

Short duration tours from Fukuoka-city  

Many kind of fascinating tourist destinations are concentrated in northern part of Kyushu

and you can enjoy a short journey from Fukuoka-city.

The starting and finishing place of the tour is Fukuoka-city.

If required, the starting place of the tour can be changed to Kitakyushu-city.

 

Fukuoka

one-day tour

Yanagawa & Dazaifu

one-day tour

Kitakyushu

one-day tour

 

The Heart of Kyushu and the energetic city bustling as the

center of Kyushu’s politics,

economy, culture, fashion 

and tourism

 

 

Yanagawa is a Castle town

with beautiful canal. Dazaifu

is must visit place in Fukuoka-prefecture has 1300 years

history


 

The Industrial Innovation city  greatly contributed to Japan’s industrial modernization and blessed with spectacular &

stunning nature 


 

Itoshima

one-day tour

Asakura & Ukiha

one-day tour

Nagasaki

one-day tour

 

A resort town next to

Fukuoka-city, with beautiful dynamic Genkai Sea;

seafood gourmet, rural

landscape, Sake brewery

 

Agricultural industries spreading

in the Chikugo plain. Let’s meet

real Japan, beautiful rural landscape, fruit picking,

Sake brewery, Onsen

 

The city in harmony with

foreign countries cultures,

and the significant Japanese histories like no other areas


 

Takachiho

one-day tour

Yufuin & Beppu Onsen

2 days tour 

Aso & Takachiho

2 days tour


 

Dynamic and beautiful

Takachiho Gorge and here is

the birthplace of Shinto which

is Japanese indigenouse

religion.

 

Exploring the most popular 

Onsen Resorts Beppu and Yufuin. Two Onsen Resorts

have different fascinating

features.

 

The dynamic nature of Aso and Takachiho where is spreading around Mt. Aso.

Mt. Aso is the largest active volcano in Japan


 

Other featured Sightseeing tours

 

Munakata & Fukutsu one-day tour  UNESCO World Heritage sites

Yame & Hishino village one-day tour

Ukiha & Yanagawa one–day tour

Huis Ten Bosch one-day tour

Usa & Kunisaki one–day tour 

 


 

Nagasaki / UNESCO Hidden Christian Sites  

Japanese Christianity has a long history of continuing faith while coexisting with Japanese

traditional religion Shinto and General society. Japan’s unique practice of the Christian faith

continued even during the ban on Christianity.

 

one-day tour

3 days tour

 6 days tour

 

Nagasaki is a sacred place

of Christianity where Pope

and Saint Mother Teresa

officially visited

 

Nagasaki has arduous and

sacrifice histories during the

ban on Christianity, such as

Shimabara Rebellion and 

many religious persecutions

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Introduce how Christians have

been continued their faith by visiting Nagasaki-city, Unzen, Shimabara, Amakusa

and Hirado


 

 UNESCO Japan’s Meiji Industrial Revolution sites   

Iron and Steel, Shipbuilding and Coal Mining are a group of historic sites that played

an important part in the industrialization of Japan in the Bakumatsu during National

isolation period and Meiji periods, and are part of the industrial heritage of Japan.

 

Kitakyushu

one-day tour

Nagasaki

one-day tour

Japan’s Industrial

modernization tour         

 

The birth place of Steel Industry

in Japan and contributed to the

development of the Japanese

industry modernization

 

The origin of Japan’s

modernization. Nagasaki

contributed for Shipbuilding

and Coal Mining

 

To learn how Japan has become

the world’s most industrialized

country in the short period


 

Study tour in Kitakyushu-city

Kitakyushu-city is the best place in Japan for Study tour of Environmental and Industrial issues

 

Solid waste management

tour

Low Carbon Society

tour

Japan’s KAIZEN

Strategy tour

 

Kitakyushu-city is the most

advanced city in Japan for

solid waste management

and recycling

 

Kitakyushu-city is promoting

the low carbon society in Asia

taking leadership as the

Environmental Future City.

 

KAIZEN is the most important

key word for Japan’s

modernization

and world leading industries

 


 

Should you need further information please feel free to contact us.

Your equiry can be sent by selecting the Enquiry Form link below.

Enquiry Form

You can also contact us by e-mail at info@japan-kyushu-tourist.com

And we would love to chat about your travel plans on the phone as well,

please ring our office a call in English    Tel : +81-93-521-8897

 


 

Tour results

We are offering various types of tours, and the tour results up to now are shown links below.

Tailor-made tour      Study tour     Golf tour

 


 

Miyajidake Shrine

 

The Shimenawa is the biggest in Japan.

 

Surprisingly, weight is 3ton, with 2.6m diameter and 11m length. Shimenawa is the thick, twisted,

straw rope. It was believed in ancient days that a Shimenawa had the power to keep off evil sprits,

so many objects connected with Shinto Shrines decorated with Shimenawa.

 

Miyajidake Shrine is primarily dedicated to Empress Jingu and attracts over 2 million

worshippers a year who pray for commercial success, good luck, and to ward off adversity.

 


 

 Location of Munakata & Fukutsu

 

   

 


 

General information  

Address 7-1 Miyajimoto-machi, Fukutsu-city, Fukuoka-prefecture
Access

10 minutes by a vehicle from JR Higashi-Fukuma station

50 minutes by a vehicle from Fukuoka-city

60 minutes by a vehicle from Kitakyushu-city

50 minutes by a vehicle from Dazaifu

90 minutes by a vehicle from Yanagawa

Open hours

Sunrise to Sunset

Admission fee No fee is required
Days closed No closing days

 

Contact us   

Should you need further information please feel free to contact us.

Your equiry can be sent by selecting the Enquiry Form link below.

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You can also contact us by e-mail at info@japan-kyushu-tourist.com

Tel :  +81-93-521-8897,  Fax :  +81-93-521-8898

Address :  AIM buiding 6th floor, 3-8-1 Asano, Kokura-kitaku, Kitakyushu-city, Fukuoka-prefecture 

 


 

Munakara & Fukutsu / UNESCO Sacred region one-day tour

 

Munakata and Fukutsu are located in the west part of Fukuoka-prefecture and facing

to Genkai Sea.

 

The Sacred Island Okinoshiam and Associated site in the Munakata Region has been

registered on the UNESCO Wlorld Heritage in 2016. This tour introduce UNESCO

World Heritage and related places in Munakata and Fukutsu.

 


 

Location of Munakata & Fukutsu

 

  

 


 

Tour conditions 

 

The tour is the private tour exclusively for your group.

・Minimum number : 2 person

・Maxum number : 30 person

・Start and end of the tour is Fukuoka–city, please specify the place where you want

・Tour date : please specify the date

・English speaking tour attendant escorts your journey to produce a pleasant trip.

・Chartered vehicle is utilized as per number of person.

 


 

Itinerary  

 

9:00 Depart Fukuoka-city

Transfer to Munakata

Exploring Munakata

 Munakata Shrine Hetsu-gu → Takamiya Saijo

 Lunch at Munakata

Transfer Fukutsu

Exploring Fukutsu

   Shinbaru-Nuyama Mounted Tombs → Miyajidake Shrine → Sake Brewery

Transfer to Fukuoka-city

17:00 Arrive  Fukuoka-city

 


 

Where to explore

 

Munakata Shrine Hetsu-gu  / UNESCO World Heritage

Hetsu-gu is one of the three shrines that comprise Munakata Shrine and enshrines

Ichikishimahimeno-Kami, one of the three female deities of MunakataVisitors passing

through the torii gate and proceeding along the path will find the Main Hall, dedicated to

Ichikishimahime-no-Kami, beyond the Shinmon gate. 

 

 Torii Gate      

 Entrance

 Shrine main building


 

Takamiya Saijo

The steps lead to Takamiya Saijo (Ceremonial Site), where ancient rituals were performed.
Takamiya Saijo is very important since the rituals currently observed at Hetsu-gu originated

there. To the northwest of the ceremonial site, visitors can view the marine route linking

Hetsu-gu with Okinoshima via the Tsurikawa River, Oshima, and finally across the Genkai Sea.

 

    Entrance of Takamiya Saijo

 Worship at Takamiya Saijo

Takamiya Saijo Japan’s oldest

 Ancient style Shrine 


 

Shinbaru-Nuyama Mounted Tombs  / UNESCO World Heritage

The Tomb Group comprises the tombs of the Munakata clan, an ancient powerful family that led

interactions with overseas countries. The Munakata clan also performed rituals on Okinoshima

and nurtured the tradition of faith in in the sacred island.

 


 

Miyajidake Shrine

The Shimenawa is the biggest in Japan. Surprisingly, weight is 3ton, with 2.6m diameter and

11m length. Shimenawa is the thick, twisted, straw rope. It was believed in ancient days that 

a Shimenawa had the power to keep off evil sprits, so many objects connected with Shinto

Shrines decorated.

 


 

Sake Brewery, Katsuya Shuzo

Katsuya Shuzo is a renown local Sake brewery has long history, established in 1790.

The Goshinshu or dedicated Sake to deity for Munakata Shrine is being made this Brewey.

Recommended Sake are Okinoshina, Naranoki and Genkainada.

 

   

 

Contact us

Should you need further information please feel free to contact us.

Your equiry can be sent by selecting the Enquiry Form link below.

Enquiry Form 

You can also contact us by e-mail at info@japan-kyushu-tourist.com

Tel :  +81-93-521-8897, Fax : +81-93-521-8898

Address :  AIM buiding 6th floor, 3-8-1 Asano, Kokura-kitaku, Kitakyushu-city, Fukuoka-prefecture 

 


 

Tour results

We are offering various types of tours, and the tour results up to now are shown links below.

Tailor-made tour    Study tour    Golf tour

 


 

Fukuoka Castle Ruins

  

Fukuoka Castle was built by feudal lord Nagamasa Kuroda in Fukuoka-city in 1601 and was

called Maizuru castle.
Part of stone wall and canal, and the Tamon tower are still left intact as they were back then.

There is also a nice view of the city from the former main citadel. Parts of the castle’s former
moats were used to construct nearby Ohori koen Park, a pleasant and picturesque public city
park.
 

At the present, the area around the ruins of Castle is also part of Maizuru park.

The place is famous for its beautiful plum and cherry blossoms. 

 

 

 

 

 

   
     

 

Location of Fukuoka-city   

 

   

 


 

General information

Address Jonai, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka-city
Access

5 minutes walk from Subway Ohri-koen station

15 minute by a vehicle from JR Hakata station


 

Should you need further information please feel free to contact us.

Your equiry can be sent by selecting the Enquiry Form link below.

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You can also contact us by e-mail at info@japan-kyushu-tourist.com

Tel :  +81-93-521-8897, Fax :  +81-93-521-8898

Address :  AIM buiding 6th floor, 3-8-1 Asano, Kokura-kitaku, Kitakyushu-city, Fukuoka-prefecture 

 


 

Fukuoka-prefecture travel guide

 

Fukuoka-prefecture only in Japan is selected by

CNN Travel as one of the top 19 places to visit in 2019 

Fascinating history. Incredible eats. Natural beauty. If the Japanese seaside city of Fukuoka

isn’t already on your radar, its time to recalibrate your Japan travel plans.

 

Fukuoka Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan on Kyushu Island. The capital is the city of

Fukuoka. It is the ninth most populated prefecture ( 5,111 thousand population) in Japan.

One of several host cities for the Rugby World Cup 2019, Fukuoka is the gateway to the

island of Kyushu. It’s the perfect destination for those looking to go beyond the well-trodden

destinations like Osaka, Tokyo and Kyoto and see a new corner of Japan.

 


 

Location of Fukuoka-prefecture    

 

 


 

Featured destinations

 

Fukuoka-city  

The gate way to Kyushu and is the biggest cosmopolitan city in Kyushu. Due to its location

Fukuoka-city is the great starting point for exploring Kyushu Fukuoka-city has a long history as

commercial town and castle town, and prospered as important district to Asian Continent for

many years.  Now, Fukuoka-city is the International bub of Kyushu, the nation’s fourth largest

economic zone. 

 


 

Kitakyushu-city

Kitakyushu-city is blessed with spectacular & stunning natural feature and have one Natioanl
Park, and two Quasi-National Parks.  And the city is the Industrial Innovation city with many 
fascinating features.  The combination of industrial zones and rich nature areas are creating 
the most dynamic Night view in the World. The city announced to Camp site of Wales participating
in Rugby World Cup 2019.
 

 

Dazaifu 

Historical place Dazaifu About 1300 years ago, in Dazaifu, there was a government office to

manage the entire Kyushu  for a long period of 500 years at the present Dazaifu. There are

numbers of historical sites which reflect to the ancient history of Dazaifu Tenmangu shrines

in Japan

 


 

Yanagawa

A beautiful canal town Yanagawa, Canal boat cruise can be enjoyed while experience the

atmospheres of Japanese castle town and rural Japanese  life style. The estuary town facing

the Ariake Sea through the Chikugo River and Yabe River. People started to live here since

ancient times and the agriculture and fishery have been engaged in by making Horiwari literary

means the artificial canal.

 


 

Itoshima

A Resort town belonging to Genkai Quasi-National Park located next to Fukuoka-city.

Itoshima is facing Genkai Sea that the dynamic wave makes beautiful coast line scenery, and

on the other side is surrounded majestic Seburi mountain range makes beautiful country side

landscape.

 


 

Munakata and Fukutsu

The Sacred Island Okinoshiam and Associated site in the Munakata Region

has been registered on the UNESCO Wlorld Heritage in 2016.

Munakata Region is located in the west part of Fukuoka-prefecture and facing to Genkai Sea.

The area are consist of Munakata, Fukutsu, Akama and Oshima Island.

 


 

Chikugo rejion

Agricultural industries spreading in the Kyushu’s largest Chikugo plain.

Chikugo region consists of Toho Village, Asakura, Akizuki, Ukiha, Kurume, Yame and Hoshono

Village. The Kyuhsu’s largest Chikugo River which flows from Mount Aso through the Chikugo

region to Ariake Sea. The Kyushu’s largest Chikugo plain spreading in the Chikugo River basin,

where people live from ancient time and the various cultures have been created.

 


 

Should you need further information please feel free to contact us.

Your equiry can be sent by selecting the Enquiry Form link below.

Enquiry Form 

You can also contact us by e-mail at info@japan-kyushu-tourist.com

And we would love to chat about your travel plans on the phone as well,

please ring our office a call in English    Tel : +81-93-521-8897

 


 

Tour results

We are offering various types of tours, and the tour results up to now are shown links below.    

Tailor-made tour      Study tour      Golf tour 

 


 

Shinbaru-Nuyama Mounded Tombs

 

The site has been registered on the UNESCO World Heritage as

the Sacred Island Okinoshiam and Associated site in the Munakata Region 

 

The Tomb Group in Fukutsu City comprises the tombs of the Munakata clan, an ancient

powerful family that led interactions with overseas countries. The Munakata clan also

performed rituals on Okinoshima and nurtured the tradition of faith in in the sacred island.

 

 

 

 Location of Munakata & Fukutsu

 

   

 


 

General information  

Address Shinbaru-Nuyama area, Katsuura, Fukutsu-city, Fukuoka-prefecture
Access

15 minutes by a vehicle from JR Togo station

60 minutes by a vehicle from Fukuoka-city

70 minutes by a vehicle from Kitakyushu-city

60 minutes by a vehicle from Dazaifu

100 minutes by a vehicle from Yanagawa


 

Should you need further information please feel free to contact us.

Your equiry can be sent by selecting the Enquiry Form link below.

Enquiry Form

You can also contact us by e-mail at info@japan-kyushu-tourist.com

Tel :  +81-93-521-8897,  Fax :  +81-93-521-8898

Address :  AIM buiding 6th floor, 3-8-1 Asano, Kokura-kitaku, Kitakyushu-city, Fukuoka-prefecture 

 


 

UNESCO / Sacred region Munakata

 

Sacred Island of Okinoshima and Associated Sites in the Munakata Region

 

The sacred island of Okinoshima, situated between the Japanese archipelago and the Korean
peninsula, has long attracted the devotion of the local population in the Munakata region, who
possessed advanced nautical skills. Large-scale rituals utilizing an enormous quantity of precious
votive offerings were conducted on the island to pray for safe ocean voyages from the 4th to the
9th centuries, a period of more than 500 years during which overseas exchange occurred frequently
in East Asia.  

Ritual sites bearing witness to the successive phases of ancient rituals that chronicle the formation

of indigenous beliefs in Japan have survived to the present almost intact, because the island of

Okinoshima, as an object of worship, has been protected by established taboos strictly limiting

access to the island.

 


 

UNESCO World Heritage Sites  

 

Munakata Shrine Hetsu-gu

Hetsu-gu is one of the three shrines that comprise Munakata Shrine and enshrines

Ichikishimahime-no-Kami, one of the three female deities of Munakata.  Visitors passing

through the torii gate and proceeding along the path will find the Main Hall, dedicated to

Ichikishimahime-no-Kami, beyond the Shinmon gate 

 

  Torii Gate      

  Entrance

  Shrine main building


 

Takamiya Saijo

The steps lead to Takamiya Saijo (Ceremonial Site), where ancient rituals were performed.
Takamiya Saijo is very important since the rituals currently observed at Hetsu-gu originated there.
To the northwest of the ceremonial site, visitors can view the marine route linking Hetsu-gu with

Okinoshima via the Tsurikawa River, Oshima, and finally across the Genkai Sea.

 

    Entrance of Takamiya Saijo

 Worship at Takamiya Saijo

Takamiya Saijo Japan’s oldest

 Ancient style Shrine 


 

Shinbaru-Nuyama Mounted Tombs

The Tomb Group comprises the tombs of the Munakata clan, an ancient powerful family that led

interactions with overseas countries. The Munakata clan also performed rituals on Okinoshima

and nurtured the tradition of faith in in the sacred island

 


 

Munakata Shrine Nakatsu-gu

Nakatsu-gu, one of the three shrines that comprise Munakata Taisha, is situated on this island and 

enshrines Tagitsuhime-no-Kami, one of the Three Goddesses of Munakata.

 


 

Munakata Shrine Okitsu-gu Yohaisho

Because Okinoshima has long been an object of worship, public access to the island is strictly limited.
The Okinoshima landscape has been preserved intact until now because local people have strictly

observed various taboos.  For example, even if one is allowed to land on the island, one is forbidden

to speak a word about what one has seen or heard there; and one must never take anything from the

island, not even a twig, blade of grass, or pebble.

 

     

 
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