Tamawakasu-mikoto Shrine 玉若酢命神社
From Saigō Port 20min 10min 5min Bus Stop: Tamawakasu-jinja
This shrine is the main general shrine of the Oki Islands, and was constructed in a unique architectural style called Oki-zukuri. Every year on 5 June an important festival called Gorei-furyū takes place in which eight sacred horses carrying the deities from eight different areas around the island gallop up through the shrine gates. This unique festival draws large crowds of locals as well as visitors from outside the island.

The shrine grounds also contain a wizened Japanese Cedar Tree, called Yao-sugi, which stands at a massive 30m tall and is almost 2000 years old.

Next door to the shrine is the Oki-ke Traditional Residence, where the head priest of the Tamawakasu-mikoto Shrine has lived for many, many generations. Inside is a small museum of important historical artifacts that were passed on through the generations, including the Eki-rei station bells that originated in 646 and are the only ones remaining in Japan. These treasures, the Oki-ke Traditional Residence, the shrine's honden (main hall of worship), the Zuishinmon guardians at the shrine entrance, and the former hall of worship have all been designated as Important Cultural Property of Japan.

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Bus
Please be aware that bus service is very infrequent. You can pick up a bus timetable at the Tourist Office.
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