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Munakata Taisha Okitsugū Yōhai-jo

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. Okitsugū Yōhai-jo is a place to worship the Okitsugū located on the island of Okinoshima, 60km away from mainland, from distance.
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Munakata Taisha

Munakata Taisha is a shrine located in Munakata city, Fukuoka prefecture. It is the head shrine of more than 6000 Munakata shrines and Itsukushima shrines around Japan. Munakata Taisha consists of 3 shrines, the Hetsugū located on the main land of Kyūshū, the Nakatsugū located on the island of Ōshima, and the Okitsugū located on the island of Okinoshima. Especially, the entire island of Okinoshima is a part of Munakata Taisha, and has been regarded as sacred a sacred island. The island has been strictly off limits, and many ancient artifacts has been found on the island.

Since Munakata Taisha has been located in the key point of traffic between Kyūshū and the continent, the three Munakata goddesses enshrined in the shrine has been believed to provide protection for all kinds of traffic. In old times marine traffic, and in modern times motor traffic too.

Okitsugū Yōhai-jo

Okitsugū Yōhai-jo is a place to "Yōhai" Okitsugū, that is located on the island of Okinoshima, 60km from mainland and strictly off limits. It is located in the northern part of the island of Ōshima.

Munakata Taisha Okitsugū Yōhai-jo

Basic information

Name of shrine
Munakata Taisha
宗像大社 (Munakata Taisha)
Okitsugū Yōhai-jo
沖津宮遥拝所 (Okitsugū Yōhai-jo, or Okitsumiya Yōhai-jo)
Main deieties
None (Worships Tagorihime-no-kami, the deity of Okitsugū, from distance)
Rank
None
Established
Unknown
Architectural style
Irimoya-zukuri
Facing direction
Southeast
Location
Ōshima, Munakata city, Fukuoka prefecture

More information

The history of Munakata Taisha Okitsugū Yōhai-jo and the enshrined deities.
How to visit Munakata Taisha Okitsugū Yōhai-jo.
Where to see at Munakata Taisha Okitsugū Yōhai-jo.
Other facts about Munakata Taisha Okitsugū Yōhai-jo.
Places to see near Munakata Taisha Okitsugū Yōhai-jo.

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