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.
Munakata Taisha is dedicated to the three Munakata goddesses, and is said to be where the three goddesses descended. Since where the Munakata Taisha is had been the key point of marine traffic, it had been worshipped as the god of all kinds of 'road's.
Munakata Taisha was listed as a World Heritage site, "Sacred Island of Okinoshima and Associated Sites in the Munakata Region", in 2017.
The Hetsugū is the main shrine of the three Munakata Taisha shrines. Located on the main land of Kyūshū, it is dedicated to Ichikishimahime-no-kami.
Visiting the Munakata Taisha Hetsugū.
The next destination is the Nakatsugū, located on the island of Ōshima.