The Sacred Island of Okinoshima has been a ritual site from the 4th – 9th century.
Ritual practices and votive offerings were made to pray for safety in navigating the seas, for boats heading to Korea and China to trade. The site includes three nearby islets, Koyajima, Mikadobashira and Tenguiwa, and 4 sites on and closer to Kyushu. There are a number of taboos and restrictions on visiting Okinoshima, including a ban of women and the prohibition “to speak of anything they have seen or heard on the Island”.
Map of Okinoshima Island
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Full name: Sacred Island of Okinoshima and Associated Sites in the Munakata Region
Unesco ID: 1535
Criteria: 2 3
- 2017 - Inscribed
The site has 8 locations.
- Okinoshima Island: Hetsu-miya, Munakata Taisha
- Okinoshima Island: Koyajima
- Okinoshima Island: Mikadobashira
- Okinoshima Island: Nakatsu-miya, Munakata Taisha
- Okinoshima Island: Okinoshima
- Okinoshima Island: Okitsu-miya Yohaisho, Munakata Taisha
- Okinoshima Island: Shimbaru-Nuyama Mounded Tomb Group
- Okinoshima Island: Tenguiwa
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