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Exploring Munakata, a World Heritage Site, and Living with the Gods: A Journey to Oshima Island

Category: World Heritage

Introducing the “Exploring Munakata, a World Heritage Site, and Living with the Gods: A Journey to Oshima Island” monitor tour in Fukuoka, Japan.

Location: Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan

Monitor Tour Application Conditions:

  • Number of Participants: 20
  • In the event of a high number of applications, participants will be selected through a lottery.
  • Application Deadline: August 7th (Monday)
  • Lottery Results Announcement: August 9th (Wednesday)

Tour Details:

  • Date: August 25, 2023
  • Limited to 20 participants
  • This monitor tour is conducted under the auspices of the “Munakata and Related Heritage Sites,” a preservation and utilization project of the Munakata Tourist Association.

Overview: Explore the island of Oshima, where the traces of Japanese faith reside, and learn about the people of Oshima who have protected the “Island Inhabited by Gods.” The population of Oshima is gradually decreasing, and it is said that there will be approximately 100 residents in 25 years.

The purpose of this tour is to preserve the history and culture of the Japanese people and pass it on to future generations. It also aims to create industries on Oshima Island and make them a reality. The faith in Oshima Island has been preserved through taboos such as the requirement for ritual purification before entering the island and the prohibition of disclosing what is seen and heard on the island. These taboos have been maintained since ancient times when ancient rituals were performed. While today’s journey takes only two hours by boat with engines, in the past, it took many hours, and people risked their lives to reach Oshima Island. What drove them to do so? What was the significance of Oshima Island? This tour offers a chance to experience the faith that has continued for over a thousand years and to contemplate the ancient Munakata fishermen.

Monitor Tour Application Conditions:

  • Number of Participants: 20
  • In the event of a high number of applications, participants will be selected through a lottery.
  • Application Deadline: August 7th (Monday)
  • Lottery Results Announcement: August 9th (Wednesday)
  • Participants must understand the purpose of the monitor tour and be willing to cooperate with surveys.
  • Participants must be able to join the entire two-day program (no partial participation allowed).
  • Age Limit: 18 to 69 years old.
  • Applications are accepted for groups of two or more people (individual applications are not accepted).
  • Accommodation selection and room preferences cannot be accommodated.
  • Please confirm the names, ages, and genders of accompanying individuals before applying.

Meeting Point: Hakata Station, Location Map

For more information and to apply for the tour, visit the reference site.

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