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.
More Details (Japanese Site)
"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|
Amaterasu (天照), Amaterasu-Omikami (天照大神／天照大御神／天照皇大神) or Ohirume-no-muchi-no-kami (大日孁貴神) is a part of the Japanese myth cycle and also a major deity of the Shinto religion. She is seen as the goddess of the sun, but also of the universe. The name Amaterasu derived from Amateru means "shining in heaven". The meaning of her whole name, Amaterasu-?mikami, is "the great august kami (god) who shines in the heaven". According to the Kojiki and Nihon Shoki in Japanese mythology, the Emperors of Japan are considered to be direct descendants of Amaterasu.
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