Kyushu is home to places that are said to be mythological settings, and many of these places are also power spots. Here are five of the recommended power spots in Fukuoka.
1. Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine
Built in honor of Sugawara no Michizane (845 – 903), famous as the god of learning, Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine boasts of tremendous support as the No.1 power spot for examinees around the country. This and Kitano Tenmangu in Kyoto are the headquarters of all 12,000 Tenmangu shrines in the Japan. With a god of learning, devotion and warding off evil enshrined in this place, this shrine attracts lots of worshippers. Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine has several bull decorations and a bronze statue of an ox. It is said that when a part of your body is not feeling well, if you rub that same body part of the ox, then your disease will be cured. Also, if you tap the head of the ox, you will apparently become wiser. So, make sure to rub the ox to commemorate your visit to the shrine.
2. Munakata Taisha
The name Munakata Taisha generally refers to the three shrines of Okitsugu in Okinoshima, Nakatsugu in Chikuzen-Oshima, and Hetsugu in Munakata, all of which are in Fukuoka. This shrine was built in honor of Munakata Sanjojin (Three Goddesses of Munakata), Japan’s major goddesses of the sea. With its origin said to go as far back as the mythical world, this shrine definitely has a long history. Takamiya Saijo, which is located at the back of the main shrine building of Hetsugu, the headquarters of all Munakata shrines in Japan, is said to be the place where the three goddesses descended. It was a sacred place in ancient Shinto, so it has become an extremely popular power spot. They say that if something in your life has gone wrong, your wishes will be granted if you worship at this shrine before 2:00pm. The goddesses here are also worshipped as goddesses of sea navigation and transportation, so don’t forget to pray for safe travels when you visit!
3. Miyajidake Shrine
With a history that dates back around 1,600 years ago, Miyajidake Shrine is famous for being able to bring success in finances, good luck, and a thriving business to worshippers. At the approach to the shrine, you will see shops selling all sorts of things associated to business success, such as maneki neko (beckoning cat) and daruma (good luck doll)n. Miyajidake Shrine is also known for its “Mitsu no Nihon-ichi”, a set of itms made up of the Oshimenawa (sacred twisted straw rope) that measures 2.6m in diameter and 11m in length, the giant Japanese drum that has a diameter of 2.2m, and the 450kg giant bell. Aside from the main shrine building, you will also find 8 shrines called Oku no Miya Hachisha, which are believed to make the greatest desires of your heart come true as long as you visit each one of them. Now out of all these shrines, the 5th one (Koi no Miya, the shrine for love), has become a power spot that is hugely famous among women.
4. Keya no Oto
Keya no Oto, an eroded cavern in Oto Cape that is located in the northwest section of Itoshima Peninsula in Fukuoka, was formed 1.6 million years ago when magma from a volcanic eruption cooled and eroded. The cavern, which was formed when the basalt fissures were washed away by the rough seas of Genkainada Sea, measures 64m in height and 90m in breadth. Being the largest of the three biggest genbudo caves in Japan, it has also been designated as natural monument of the state. All of its rocks are enshrined at the Oto Shrine, so it has become quite famous as a power spot, especially to women. Don’t you feel like charging your body with the purifying power of the sea and the power of the cave to make you feel secure?
5. Kamado Shrine
Kamado Shrine which has a 1,350-year history that dates back to its construction, is a shrine covered in lush greenery that is located at the foot of Mt. Homan. Tamayori Hime no Mikoto, the main enshrined deity at this shrine, is a god of souls who can draw and bring together souls, so it has become a shrine that is famous for matchmaking, especially for women and couples. One of the most popular features of this shrine is the rock of love and respect, where love fortunes can be told. They say that if you are able to walk to the rock, which is 4-5m away, with your eyes closed, then you will find true love. Further, the modern shrine office that was renovated in 2012 now sells a lot of matchmaking/marriage talismans and fancy items, so go and get them! If you constantly wear or have the talisman with you, your wish will be granted sooner.
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Fukuoka ranks third in the country in terms of number of shrines and is also a vast mine of power spots. They give various benefits to worshippers, so try to visit a lot of them when you go there.
*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.
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