Munakata Shrine

Munakata Shrine

Munakata Shrine is a Shinto shrine located at Fukuoka prefecture in Kyushu district. The shrine is dedicated to Munakata Sanjyoshin ( three goddesses of Munakata, guardians of sea voyage ). It was listed in the Register of Deities of the Engishiki (the laws of the 10th-century Japan). It is designated as World Cultural Heritage Site.

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Name Munakata Shrine
"宗像大社" in Kanji (Chinese characters)
Address 2331, Tashima, Munakata-shi, Fukuoka, Japan
"福岡県宗像市田島2331" in Kanji (Chinese characters)
Access 20-minute drive from the Wakamiya I.C. on the Kyushu Expressway.
Admission Fee Free in the precincts
Telephone 0940-62-1311

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Kojiki

Kojiki (古事記, "Records of Ancient Matters" or "An Account of Ancient Matters"), also known as Furukotofumi, is the oldest extant chronicle in Japan, dating from the early 8th century (711-712) and composed by O no Yasumaro at the request of Empress Genmei. The Kojiki is a collection of myths concerning the origin of the four home islands of Japan, and the Kami. Along with the Nihon Shoki, the myths contained in the Kojiki are part of the inspiration behind many practices. Later, the myths were re-appropriated for Shinto practices including the misogi purification ritual.

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