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Kyushu OLLE - Munakata/Oshima Island

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Introducing to you is Fukuoka's recommended walkabout!
South Korea's popular trekking course, OLLE, comes to Kyushu. Kyushu OLLE features 14 routes all together within the Kyushu region.
In this episode, we walk through this one particular, nature-and-history-filled course with Munakata/Oshima Island course guide, Mr. Okinishi.

Highlighting Walking Spots of Fukuoka
It's Kyushu OLLE - Munakata/Oshima Island in this episode.
Let's go see it.
 
It's the Kyushu version of Korea's original OLLE,
rising in popularity for numerous courses set up within Kyushu
This time, it's the largest one in Fukuoka featuring a boat ride to start the course set up on an island.
Oshima Island with full of history and nature is currently on the UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List.

 

Munakata Taisha - Nakatsu-Miya

We are here in Oshima Island,
this is our guide, Mr. Okinishi.
Thank you for having us.
Thank you for being here.
Let's go, shall we?
Our first stop is Munakata Taisha - Nakatsu-Miya,
enshrining Tagitsuhime - one of 3 female gods of Munakata.
This little stream is called "Amanogawa" and is the origin of Tanabata.
Over there is Hikoboshi (the star, Altair)
and this here is Orihime (the star, Vega).
The stream runs right in-between them.
Lovely. . .
 

Going up Mt. Mitake

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Next we are headed to the highest point of the Island, Mt. Mitake
up the steep hill.
Pretty tough climb. . .
Isn't it?
This continues all the way?
No, only a few steep spots.
We are now at the halfway point.
Still halfway?
400 meters to go! Let's tough it out.

Mt. Mitake Observation Deck

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We are here!
What a spectacular view. . .
Isn't it?
It's pretty clear today.
That's Okinoshima Island, where gods live.
You can see it clearly.
Okinoshima Island itself is a physical object of faith.
Very beautiful.
This is the only location from Fukuoka where Okinoshima can be seen.
That's right.
 

The Observation deck - the Remains of Gun Battery

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Next, we headed to. . .
a romantic spot, Windmill Observation Deck/Remains of Gun Battery.
The vast, open sea of Genkai-nada expands right in front of your eyes.
Broccolini in the spring. . .
Sun flowers in the summer brighten this beautiful scenery. 
Let's have lunch!
What do you have here?
It's a bento box from Minshuku Manabe.
OLLE bento with a few rice balls. . .
with Korean flavor fish.
OLLE's specialty. . . Very good!
Handmade food is always great.
Now that we've refueled, we can keep going.
Let's keep going.

Okitsu-Miya Remote Shrine

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It's all the way down hill from the observation deck.
We arrived at Okitsu-Miya Remote Shrine.
Women cannot enter Okinoshima Island;
neither men, ordinarily.
Only on May 27th, 200 are permitted.
Thus, the worshippers gather here to pray to Okinoshima.
Very mystic. . .
It is Okinoshima Island - where gods reside.

Kansu Beach

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Next, we arrived at Kansu Beach - 
where summer visitors flock from outside the Island.
What's that little island called?
It's Yumenosayoshima.
When it's low tide, you can walk over there.
It is said that doing so will bring you and your partner closer together.
Oh, I see. . . 
 

Looking back on OLLE

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From there it's a cozy walk through the quiet town.
We are back at the Oshima Port terminal.
Thank you for guiding us.
How was it?
It was fun, not just walking but also, visiting many many places.
It was a great exercise, and I feel refreshed.
Please come visit us again.
Yes, I will. Thank you, once again.

Michinoeki Munakata

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Michinoeki Munakata is recommended for a little shopping after OLLE.
Munakata's fresh sea foods and feature products are available.
 

About the Course

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Access to the location -
By car or Nishitetsu bus to the Kono Port terminal;
then 25 minutes to the Oshima Port by Munakata City Ferry.
About the course -
11.4km in distance, and
about 4 to 6 hours in total time.
The peak of the course, Mt. Mitake Observation Deck, is 224m above sea level.
Please prepare for safe travel for higher altitude if needed.
I hope you a great trip.

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