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Okinoshima Yohai spot

  • Ainoshima
Name Ainoshima Island Tsumiishizukagun
Classification Okinoshima Island Observation Spot
Address Ainoshima, Shingu-machi, Kasuya-gun, Fukuoka
Overview To the south of the Munakata area, on the eastern side of Ainoshima Island(part of the town of Shingu in Kasuya-gun), is the largest stone tumuli in all of western Japan. It was built from the 4th to 7th centuries during the time of ancient religious rituals on Okinoshima, running through the Tumulous period of Japanese history, and is thought to be the gravesite of Ama ocean divers.
Built as to abut the northeast Munakata area (Fukutsu city), indicating that it’s very likely that building stones were carried from Ainoshima Island and also used in the World Heritage Site-registered Shimbaru-Nuyama Mounded Tomb group.
From here Okinoshima Island can be seen to the north, and there are big hopes for the ongoing research into the relationship between this place and Okinoshima Island and the Munakata area.
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