Mizuwakasu Shrine 水若酢神社
From Saigō Port - 50min 25min Bus Stop: Mizuwakasu-jinja
This shrine is an Ichinomiya (highest ranking shrine) of the former Oki Province, and a Myōjin Taisha (a shrine dedicated to an important deity).
It is an important cultural center of the Oki Islands and features a unique festival wherein a large float is pulled around the shrine grounds, as well as Yabusame (Horseback archery).

The shrine grounds also contain a sumo dohyō (sumō ring) which preserves the ceremonial form of Traditional Oki Sumō, performed only to commemorate highly auspicious events such as changing of the roof of the shrine. An annual island-wide sumō competition is also held here in November.
The main building is constructed in the traditional Oki-style architectural design. Nearby this important shrine are kofun (ancient burial mounds), an Oki Bull Sumō ring, and two museums (Oki Kyōdo-kan Museum of Local Archeology and Folklore and the Goka Sōsei-kan Museum of Traditional Culture).

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