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Munakata Regoin

 

The Sacred Island Okinoshiam and Associated site in the Munakata Region

has been registered on the 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.

 

 


 

Munakata

Munakata Shrine Hetsu-gu, 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 

              Entrance

           Shrine main building

            Wedding ceremony


 

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

 Approach to Takamiya Saijo

 through sacred area 

 Takamiya Saijo Japan’s oldest

 Ancient style Shrine 


 

Fukutsu

Shinbaru-Nuyama Mounded Tombs, World Heritage

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

 

 

Miyajidake Shrine

Entrance of Shrine

 Shrine main building

Japan’s largest Shimenawa


 

Approach to the Shrine

Japan’s largest Bell

Japan’s largest Drum


 

Akama

Sake Brewery, Katsuya Shuzo


 

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

It takes 25 minutes by Oshima and 15 minutes by Shiokaze

          Konominato Port 

        to Oshima Island

      Oshima Port


 

Munakata Shrine Nakatsu-gu, 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, 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

   

 

 


 

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Munakata Taisha Shrine Hetsu-miya

 

 

 Torii Gate Stone Lantern  Pond at the approach
     

 

Chozysha, pureification place Main Gate Imperial Chrysanthemum pattern

 

Main Shrine of Hetsu-miya Main Shrine of Hetsu-miya Deities in Hetsu-miya

 

 700 years old Oak Sacred tree Oak Sacred tree Oak Sacred tree
     

 

 Entrance of Takamiya Saijo

 Approach to Takamiya Saijo

through sacred area

Takamiya Saijo

Japan’s oldest Ancient style Shrine

     

 

 Tenni-gu Shrine Teisan-gu Shrine  Shinpokan Museum 
     

 


Munakata Taisha Shrine

 

 

Munakata Taisha is a part of World Heritage as Sacred Island of Okinoshima and

Associated Sites in the Munakata Region which has been registered in 2017.

 

Munakata Taisha is a collection of three Shinto shrines located in Munakata, Fukuoka Prefecture.

The Munakata-taisha consist of three shrines—Hetsu-miya, Nakatsu-miya and Okitsu-miya.

The shrines are devoted to the three Munakata goddesses. These kami are believed to be daughters

of the goddess Amaterasu, the ancestress of the imperial family.

The deities has also been worshipped there for many years as the god of mariners, and traffic

safety on land as well.

 


 

Hetsu-miya

Munakata

Nakatsu-miya

Oshima Island

Okitsu-miya

Okinoshima Island


 

World Heritage

Sacred Island of Okinoshima and Associated Sites in the Munakata Region

The site has been registered on the World heritage in 2017, 
and consist of the following.

・Okinoshima, Okitsu-miya Munakata Taisha
・Okitsu-miya Yohaisyo in Oshima island
・Nakatsu-miya, Munakata Taisha in Oshima island
・Hetsu-miya, Munakata Taisha

・Shimbaru-Nuyama Mounded Tomb Group

 

 


 

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World Heritage in Munakata

 

Sacred Island of Okinoshima and Associated Sites in the Munakata Region

 

The site has been registered on the World heritage in 2017, 
and consist of the following.

 

  

 
・Okinoshima, Okitsu-miya Munakata Taisha
・Okitsu-miya Yohaisyo in Oshima island
・Nakatsu-miya, Munakata Taisha in Oshima island
・Hetsu-miya, Munakata Taisha

・Shimbaru-Nuyama Mounded Tomb Group


  

 

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.

 


 

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