Adjacent to the shrine buildings of Hetsu-miya are several small subordinate shrines.
These were relocated to the present site from other sites in the Munakata region in 1675 by Kuroda Mitsuyuki, the third lord of the Fukuoka Domain.
Some shrine buildings standing today were actually built that year.
Following the path beside the shrine buildings, visitors will find steps on behind the shrine that lead up Mt. Munakata.
The steps lead to Takamiya Saijo (Takamiya Ceremonial Site), where ancient rituals were performed.
Takamiya Saijo is very important since the rituals currently observed at Hetsu-miya originated there.
To the northwest of the ceremonial site, visitors can view the marine route linking Hetsu-miya with Okinoshima via the Tsurikawa River, Oshima, and finally across the Genkai Sea.
Visitors who descend the hill from Takamiya Saijo will find two shrine buildings.
During medieval times, Hetsu-miya comprised three important shrines: the primary, secondary, and tertiary shrines, respectively called Tei-ichi-gu, Tei-ni-gu, and Tei-san-gu.
The present Main Hall and Worship Hall of Hetsu-miya originally comprised the primary shrine.
The two shrine buildings standing behind the two halls are the secondary and tertiary shrines, which are respectively dedicated to Tagorihime-no-Kami of Okitsu-miya, and Tagitsuhime-no-Kami of Nakatsu-miya.
The present structures of the secondary and tertiary shrines were the subordinate shrines of Ise Jingu Shrine, gifted in 1973, when the subordinate shrines in Ise rebuilt their structures on the 60th Shikinen Sengu (regular construction of new shrine buildings).
Since the Main Hall of Hetsu-miya enshrines Ichikishimahime-no-Kami, visiting all three shrines allows visitors to worship the three female deities of Munakata.
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|Hours of operation||9:00–16:30 (last entry: 16:00)|
|Open year-round, seven days a week|
3-minute walkfrom Hetsu-miya
|※Admission may be charged for certain special exhibitions.|
|Hours of operation||9:00–18:30|
|Closed Mondays (or on Tuesday when Monday falls on a national holiday)|
Five-minute walkfrom Hetsu-miya
Ten-minute walk from Hetsu-miya
Ten-minute walk from Konominato Iriguchi bus stop
Fifteen-minute walk from Motosue bus stop
Ten minute walk from Kanesaki Shako bus stop
|Munakata Taisha Shrine Office||
2331 Tashima, Munakata, Fukuoka 811-3505
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1-1-1 Togo, Munakata, Fukuoka 811-3492