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Mitake shrine~Visit

Article writtenMarch 9th, 2020
A memorandum of facts about shrines visited. Mitake shrine is a shrine located on the island of Ōshima, 7km from the mainland of Kyūshū. It is located on the top of Mount Mitake, the highest peak of the island, 224m high.. How to visit Mitake shrine.
Please check official information before visiting. Information here may be out of date.
Please check official information before visiting. Information here may be out of date.

Location

Mitake shrine is located on the island of Ōshima 7km off the shore of Munakata city, Fukuoka prefecture, near the halfway point between Fukuoka city and Kita-kyūshū city.

Address is 2984 Ōshima, Munakata city, Fukuoka prefecture.

Opening hours

Open all day.

Admission Fees

No admission fees required.

Shuin

The shuin of Mitake shrine is available at the shrine office of Nakatsugū.¥300 required.

The shrine office of Nakatsugū

Public transportation

The nearest station to Munakata Taisha Nakatsugū is Tōgō station on the JR Kagoshima line. It is about 30 minutes from Hakata station in Fukuoka city and about 45 minutes from Kokura station in Kita-kyūshū city.

It is about 20 minutes from Tōgō station to Kōnōminato-hatoba bus stop by Nishitetsu bus bound for Kōnominato-hatoba or Kōyōdai-roku-chōme. Buses are operated almost once an hour.

From Port Kōnōminato ferry terminal, in front of Kōnōminato-hatoba bus stop, to Port Ōshima ferry terminal is about 25 minutes by Munakata municipal ferry "Ōshima" and about 15 minutes by "Shiokaze". Ferries sail 7 times a day.

Munakata municipal ferry
Port Ōshima ferry terminal
Port Kōnōminato ferry terminal

From Port Kōnōminato ferry terminal, it is about a 40 minute walk by a mountain trail starting near the Munakata Taisha Nakatsugū. It is about 1km long.

By Ōshima sightseeing bus "Grand shima-ru", about 11 minutes to Mitake-san iriguchi bus stop, and a 15 minute walk from the bus stop. Although the road from the bus stop is a paved road, it is a steep hill.

The mountain trail to Mitake shrine
The road from the bus stop to Mitake shrine

Also, express buses are operated from Tenjin-chuō-yūbinkyoku-mae bus stop, in central Fukuoka, to Kōnōminato-hatoba bus stop 3 times a day on weekdays, and 5 times on weekends.

Parking

There is space that a few cars could park in front of Mitake shrine. Also there is a parking lot for few cars at the foot of the mountain at Kaze-no-tōge pass, about 15 minutes by foot. However, Mitake shrine is on an island, so to go here directly by car, the car must be transported on ferry.

The space in front of Mitake shrine
The parking at Kaze-no-tōge pass

There is a pay parking lot near Port Kōnōminato ferry terminal, on mainland Kyūshū, so it is better to park here and take the ferry without a car. One parking lot is in front of the terminal, another two are about 5 minutes away.

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