- October 5th, 2016
[Miyazubentengu Shrine in Okushiri Island] Red Shrine and Rounded Small Hill Are Impressive Scenery
- Miyazubentengu Shrine
- Look of Miyazubentengu Shrine
- List of Activities
- List of Accommodations
Miyazubentengu Shrine (宮津弁天宮) is a shrine on Cape Benten in the northern part of Okushiri Island, and is beside Miyazu Fishing Port (宮津港). The official name is Okitsu Shrine (澳津神社). For praying for a large catch, a shrine building is built on a small hill of about 10 m height. An impressive scenery is created by the red shrine building on the small hill, and a good place to view is popular. Admission free. A parking lot is free of charge. A public restroom is built at Miyazubenten Parking Lot Park (宮津弁天駐車公園).
There are some means of transportation for the island tourism, for example, a fixed-route bus, a regular sightseeing taxi (from late April to late September), a sightseeing limousine taxi, a rental car, a rental motor scooter and a rental bicycle. I went around the island by the rental motor scooter, and it was very comfortable.
Okushiri Island (奥尻島) that about 2,800 people live is a remote island with about 18 km in circumference in the southern part of Hokkaido. It is locatd about at the westernmost part of the Hokkaido, and the island from north to south has a similar shape to Rebun Island (礼文島). About 32,000 tourists come here. Speaking of the Okushiri Island, clear blue sea called Okushiri Blue is famous, and sea urchin, abalone and wine are noted product. The main of Okushiri tourism is going a round the island. The Okushiri Island is roughly divided into 4 areas, Okushiri Area with Okushiri Ferry Port, Aonae Area with Okushiri Airport, Northeast Area and Northwest Area. Read More
Look of Miyazubentengu Shrine
Tourists can visit the shrine to worship via steps from the Miyazubenten Parking Lot Park and the Miyazu Fishing Port. But the steps are steep, so watch your step. The Cape Benten jutting out into the sea of Japan has a good view, so a guard station used to built here. Afterwards, The shrine was founded during Bunseinekan (文政年間 * from 1818 to 1829). Munakata-Sanjoshin (宗像三女神) was enshrined from Itsukushima-jinja Shrine (厳島神社), and Okitsushimahimehiko (澳津島姫命) was moved to this place in 1841, and it became the Okitsu shrine (澳津神社) at present. The shrine is also called another name "Miyazubentensha Shrine (宮津弁天社)" and "Nakatsushima Jinja Shrine (中津島神社)".
Atmosphere of Miyazubentengu Shrine Can Be Watched on Youtube
|Admission fee||Free of charge|
|Parking lot||Free parking is provided (5 Cars)|
|Business hours||Open 24 hours|
|Regular closing day||Open all year round|
|Home page||Home page is here|
|Mapcode||781 741 883*57|
List of Accommodations
Refer to following websites for the accommodations in the Okushiri Island. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.
A page of Okushiri is here
By the way, Club Tourism (クラブツーリズム), a Japanese tour travel agency, provides various types of tours such as day trip tours or ordinary tours. In the case of bus tours, tourists do not drive their cars themselves, so they can savor alcohol. Choosen tourist attractions are national parks such as Rishiri and Rebun, Shiretoko, and popular tourist places such as Furano and Biei, and some activities such as hiking and fruit picking are also enjoyed depending on seasons. If you are interested in tour trips, you should visit the club tourism's website for details.
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