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Munakata Taisha Nakatsugū~Where to see

Article writtenFebruary 5th, 2020
A memorandum of facts about shrines visited. Munakata Taisha is the head shrine of more than 6000 Munakata shrines and Itsukushima shrines around Japan located in Munakata city, Fukuoka prefecture. Nakatsugū is located on the island of Ōshima, 7km away from mainland. Where to see at Munakata Taisha Nakatsugū.
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 Information here may be out of date.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 Information here may be out of date.

First torī

The first torī on the approach to the Nakatsugū was built in 1907. As the engraved on the torī indicates, it was dedicated as a war commemoration of the Russo-Japanese War.

In the Battle of Tsushima, the whole battle was witnessed from Okinoshima island, where Munakata Taisha Okitsugū is, and many bodies were washed ashore on Ōshima.

First torī

Haiden and Honden

The "haiden", worship hall, was built in 1928. When the "honden", main shrine, was built is unclear but it is presumed it was in the 17th century.

Haiden and Honden

The "honden" is "Nagare-zukuri", a style of gable roof.

Haiden and Honden from the side
Honden from behind

The "haiden" is "Kirizuma-zukuri", a style of gable roof. On the far end of the "haiden" a hengaku with Amaterasu-ōmikami's oracle written is held.

Haiden from the front
The hengaku the oracle is written

Amanomanai

At the bottom of the stairs next to the shrine office, there is spring water called "Amanomanai", regarded as sacred water. This spring water is from Mount Mitake, and flows into the small stream, Amanogawa.

In the pledge between Amaterasu-ōmikami and Susanō-no-mikoto, when Amaterasu-ōmikami chewed Susanō-no-mikoto's sword and breathes out, the three Munakata goddesses, consisting of the three sisters Tagorihime-no-kami, Tagitsuhime-no-kami and Ichikishimahime-no-kami, gave birth from her breath. The pledge took place at Amanomanai in heaven, this spring water was named after this Amanomanai.

Amanomanai
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