Munakata regoin Travel Guide
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 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
Shrine main building
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, 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
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.
Akama Inn town in Karatsu road, made during Edo period
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.
Oshima Ferry, it takes 25 minutes by Oshima and 15 minutes by Shiokaze
to Oshima Island
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.
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.
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
Plan 1 : Munakata, Fukutsu and Akama
Plan 2 : Munakata and Oshima Island
Location of Munakata