Day After

Tamawakasu-no-mikoto Shrine


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 gods from eight different areas around the island gallop up to the shrine entrance. This unique festival draws large crowds of locals as well as visitors from outside the island.

Next door to the shrine is the Oki-ke Family 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 residence and the shrine are Important Cultural Property of Japan.

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