Munakata-taisha Nakatsu-gu Shrine

Fukuoka, Kyushu

Munakata-taisha and Nakatsu-gu, located in Oshima on the island of Chikuzen-oshima, Fukuoka Prefecture, ranks alongside the Munakata-taisha and Hetsu-gu located in Munakata-shi, Fukuoka Prefecture. It is sacred to Tagitsu-Hime-no-Kami, the daughter of the sun goddess, Amaterasu-O-mikami. The shrine is located at the foot of the mountain Mitake-san. In its precincts gushes a clear stream called Ameno-manai, and there is also a smaller stream named Amano-gawa whose source is located on the mountain Ontake-san. The shrines Kengyu-jinja and Orihime-jinja face each other with the Amano-gawa between them. This site is regarded as the birthplace of the Tanabata legend of the Star Festival, according to which Kengyu (the herdsman, Altair) and Ori-hime (the weaver, Vega) are celestial lovers who are able to meet only once a year.


Oshima, Munakata-shi, Fukuoka
Admission Fee
Free in the shrine precincts
[Bus]JR Togo Stn./Bus/20-min. ride/Konominato-Hatoba Stop/2-min. walk/Oshima Port/Boat (Liner)/25-min. ride/Oshima Port/5-min. walk

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