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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Engishiki

The Engishiki (延喜式, "Procedures of the Engi Era") is a Japanese book about laws and customs. The major part of the writing was completed in 927.
In 905, Emperor Daigo ordered the compilation of the Engishiki. Although previous attempts at codification are known to have taken place, neither the Konin nor the Jogan Gishiki survive making the Engishiki important for early Japanese historical and religious studies.
Fujiwara no Tokihira began the task, but work stalled when he died four years later in 909. His brother Fujiwara no Tadahira continued the work in 912 eventually completing it in 927.
After a number of revisions, the work was used as a basis for reform starting in 967.

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