【 CONTENTS 】
- The Way of Light appears only twice a year. It became famous as a location for a TV commercial when the popular group Arashi performed.
- The 3 largest items in Japan are here!
- Visit all 8 inner shrines on the hill behind the main hall to make big dreams come true!
- The Natural Garden of the Residence Village and Miya Zoo.
Miyajidake Shrine is a place which is about an hour’s drive from Fukuoka city.
The origin of this shrine says that the Empress Jingu, the main enshrined deity here, prayed for winning battles at the top of Miyajidake Mountain when she conquered three Korean Kingdoms about 1600 years ago.
Every year, 130 million worshippers visit this shrine during the New Year period (it was ranked 12th in Japan and 2nd in Fukuoka Prefecture for the number of visitors)!
The Way of Light appears only twice a year. It became famous as a location for a TV commercial when the popular group Arashi performed.
The Way of Light is a perfect, straight line all the way to Miyajihama coast from the steps of the approach to Miyajidake Shrine.
Twice a year, the sun sinks beyond the Miayajihama coast at the extension of this road, and the road is illuminated with strong orange sunset.
You can see the Way of Light only 2 weeks during the year; for a week around October 20 and February 20.
These periods are respected as days that connect this world and the world after death in a straight line. When you see this breathtakingly beautiful sight with your own eyes, you may be able to accept this intriguing story.
* The next chance to see the Way of Light will be from February 21 to 24 in 2017. Significant congestion is expected because of the TV commercial, so Miyajidake Shrine will have restrictions for visitors at this time.
See the Miyajidake Shrine official website for details of restrictions.
Miyajidake Shrine official website(Japanese text only).
Many young women constantly visit this shrine throughout the year.
The 3 largest items in Japan are here!
Shimenawa is a thick rope used as a ceremonial implement of shrines that indicates the boundary between the holy area and the everyday area.
This Shimenawa that hangs over the entrance of the main hall is 2.6 meters (8.5 feet) in diameter, 11 meters (36 feet) long, and weighs 3 tons (6613 pounds). It is famous as the largest in Japan.
There’s a Big bell hall in front of the mail hall, where you can see a giant Taiko drum. It has a diameter of 2.2 meters (7.2 feet) and is uses a tanned Japanese cowhide for both drum surfaces.
This is made of materials that were all provided domestically in Japan.
The drum is still used today. It is hit every year at midnight on New Year’s Day, and the sound that’s produced can be heard for kilometers.
A giant copper bell that weighs 450 kg (992 pounds) is also located here. This is also the largest copper bell in Japan.
Visit all 8 inner shrines on the hill behind the main hall to make big dreams come true!
There are 8 inner shrines called ‘Okunomiya Hachisha’ on the hill behind the main hall.
①1st inner shrine：Shichifuku Shrine (enshrines Shicifuku-jin or Seven Deities of Good Fortune)
②2nd inner shrine：Inari Shrine (enshrines the Deity who controls food and rice)
③3rd inner shrine：Fudo Shrine (enshrines the Deity who wards off disasters)
④4th inner shrine：Yorozu Jizo-son (enshrines the Guardian Deity of children)
⑤5th inner shrine：Shrine for love (enshrines the Deity who protects women’s minds & bodies)
⑥6th inner shrine：Sanpou-Koujin (enshrines the Fire Deity of the kitchen and fire calamities)
⑦7th inner shrine：Water shrine (enshrines the Dragon deity of water)
⑧8th inner shrine：Yakushi Shrine (enshrines the Deity who protects from all diseases)
These shrines are believed to make your dreams come true if you visit each one of them.
Each shrine has a lot to offer.
Inari Shrine, the 2nd, is popular among foreign tourists, because they love the scenery with the red torii archway in front of its Worship Hall. Fudo Shrine, the 3rd, has the largest ancient tumulus in Japan with a 23-meter-long stone-made cavity where Fudo Myoō (Cetaka) is enshrined. Feel the atmosphere with miraculous virtues in this tumulus.
The most popular inner shrine for women is the Shrine for Love, the 5th one.
The Natural Garden of the Residence Village and Miya Zoo.
The Natural Garden of the Residence Village is on the right side of the 8 inner shrines. You can see 5 distinctive old Japanese houses that have been brought here from all over Japan. There are various houses in this garden such as a house with a steep rafter roof, which is often seen in snowy regions, a raised-floor barn with the open ceiling space under the floor to keep out rats, and an L-shaped house. These old houses show the everyday life of rural people in the past.
You are able to go inside some of the houses, so you’ll feel as if you had been transported through time to another age.
There’s a mini petting zoo called Miya Zoo behind the Natural Garden of the Residence Village. You can have fun with your children here!
Visitors also enjoy various flowers blooming from season to season, such as cherry blossoms in spring, Japanese irises in summer, and beautiful red leaves in the autumn at a large site behind the shrine. Shrine rituals and events are held throughout the year.
Miyajidake Shrine is not far from Munakata Taisha, a prestigious shrine in the neighboring city.
Why not go to Munakata Taisha on your way to visit the Miyajidake Shrine?
*“Hakata machi aruki Bura Bura Fukuoka” offers historical experiences for foreign visitors in Japan, Foreign guides, arrangements for a Kimono wearing experience, and other services.
For more details, please see http://en.burabura-fukuoka.jp/(Japanese, English, and Chinese websites are available).