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Mitake shrine~Places to see nearby

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.. Places to see near 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 Information here may be out of date.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 Information here may be out of date.

Mount Mitake viewing point

Mount Mitake viewing point is located on Ōshima's highest mountain Mount Mitake, which is 224m high. When the weather is fine, it has a fine view of the islands on the Genkai sea, such as Okinoshima and Ikinoshima, the mountains of mainland Kyūshū and in the distance Fukuoka Tower and Fukuoka Dome in Fukuoka city.

Mount Mitake viewing point
Mount Mitake seen from Port Ōshima
The view from Mount Mitake viewing point

Address is 2984 Ōshima, Munakata city, Fukuoka prefecture. Right in front of Mitake shrine.

Nakatsugū

Nakatsugū is one of the three shrines of Munakata Taisha, devoted for Tagitsuhime-no-kami, located near Port Ōshima. It is one of the sites of “Sacred Island of Okinoshima and Associated Sites in the Munakata Region” inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Nakatsugū

Address is 1811 Ōshima, Munakata city, Fukuoka prefecture. About a 40 minute walk, on the mountain trail, from Mitake shrine. By Ōshima sightseeing bus "Grand shima-ru", about a 15 minute walk to Mitake-san iriguchi bus stop, and about 11 minutes to Bussan-chokubaijo bus stop, a 5 minute walk from the bus stop.

Okitsugū Yōhai-jo

Okitsugū Yōhai-jo is located in the northern part of the island of Ōshima. It is a place to worship Okitsugū, one of the three shrines of Munakata Taisha, devoted for Tagorihime-no-kami, located on the island of Okinoshima. It is one of the sites of “Sacred Island of Okinoshima and Associated Sites in the Munakata Region” inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Okitsugū Yōhai-jo
The island of Okinoshima seen from Okitsugū Yōhai-jo

Address is Ōshima, Munakata city, Fukuoka prefecture. About a 40 minute walk from Mitake shrine. By Ōshima sightseeing bus "Grand shima-ru", about a 15 minute walk to Mitake-san iriguchi bus stop, and about 4 minutes to Okitsugū Yōhai-jo bus stop, a few minute walk from the bus stop.

Yume-no-sayoshima

Yume-no-sayoshima is a small island just off the Kansu beach on the east side of Ōshima. There is a torī in front and a small shrine on top. At low tide it is able to walk to this island.

Yume-no-sayoshima

Address is Ōshima, Munakata city, Fukuoka prefecture. About a 40 minute walk from Mitake shrine. By Ōshima sightseeing bus "Grand shima-ru", about a 15 minute walk to Mitake-san iriguchi bus stop, and about 11 minutes to Bussan-chokubaijo bus stop, a 10 minute walk from the bus stop.

The remains of a coast-battery and Wind mill viewing point

In the north part of Ōshima, there are the remains of Ōshima coast-battery, a part of Shimonoseki Fortress, built in 1935. The remains of what used to be an observation station, an ammunition depot and some cannon emplacements can be seen. From these remains, a windmill standing on the hill, against the Genkai sea can be seen, and it is the best viewpoint in the island.

The remains of the observation point
The remains of a cannon emplacement
The remains of a coast-battery
The remains of a coast-battery

The Wind mill viewing point is about a 5 minute walk from the remains of the coast-battery, and it has a great view too.

Wind mill viewing point

Address is 2797 Ōshima, Munakata city, Fukuoka prefecture. About a 30 minute walk from Mitake shrine. By Ōshima sightseeing bus "Grand shima-ru", about a 15 minute walk to Mitake-san iriguchi bus stop, and about 11 minutes to Hōdai-ato bus stop, a 3 minute walk from the bus stop.

Batei-iwa

At Kanzaki-bana, the west end of the island of Ōshima, there is a rock with horseshoe-shaped patterns called Batei-iwa. These horseshoe-shaped patterns are told to be the horse footprints when Tagorihime-no-kami, one of the three goddesses, jumped to Okinoshima.

Kanzaki-bana
Batei-iwa

It is located about 200m from Chikuzen Ōshima lighthouse by an unpaved and rugged path. Be aware It is also a cliff without any fencing.

Address is 2701 Ōshima, Munakata city, Fukuoka prefecture. About a 50 minute walk from Mitake shrine.

Chikuzen Ōshima lighthouse

Chikuzen Ōshima lighthouse is located in the west end of the island of Ōshima. It is a white lighthouse that has been watching over marine traffic on the Genkai sea for more than 90 years since it was first lit in 1926.

Chikuzen Ōshima lighthouse

Address is 2700 Ōshima, Munakata city, Fukuoka prefecture. About a 40 minute walk from Mitake shrine.

Miura cavern

1643 in the Edo period, a Christian priest hid in this cavern after he escaped from Nagasaki, under the persecution of Christianity. It is also called "Johann's Cave".

It is located about 200m from Chikuzen Ōshima lighthouse by an unpaved and rugged path.

Miura cavern

Address is 2700 Ōshima, Munakata city, Fukuoka prefecture. About a 50 minute walk from Mitake shrine.

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