Adjacent to the main hal and worship hall 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 (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.
Visitors proceeding along the path will then find the building of the Shimpo-kan Museum.
Its collection comprises all 80,000 votive offering artifacts unearthed from ritual sites on Okinoshima, all of which have been designated as National Treasures. They include a triangular-rimmed deity-and-beast mirror, a gold ring, and gilt-bronze dragon heads.
In addition to unearthed artifacts, the museum exhibits premodern texts that demonstrate the prosperity of the Munakata Daiguji family (whose members served as the highest ranking priests of Munakata Taisha) during the medieval period, and offerings donated to the shrine by the Imperial family and the lords of the Fukuoka Domain, and many other sacred treasures of Munakata Taisha.Uminomichi Munakatakan MuseumThis facility offers an explanatory overview of the entire property. The large screen and 3D movie theater introduces viewers to the experience of being on Okinoshima.
JR Togo Station
Bus 10 minutes
1 minute on foot
Hetsu-miya, Munakata Taisha
|●High school and college students:500yen|
|●Elementary and middle school students:400yen|
|※Free for children who are preschool-age or younger
※100 yen discount per person for groups of 20 or more
|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||9:00–18:00|
|Closed Mondays (or on Tuesday when Monday falls on a national holiday)|
Ten-minute walk from Hetsu-miya
Ten-minute walk from Konominato Iriguchi bus stop
Twenty-five-minute walk from Hetsu-miya
Fifteen-minute walk from Motosue bus stop
Ten minute walk from Kanesaki Shako bus stop