Japan's craziest sporting event held on the mudflats of Kashima.
According to legend, more than three centuries local residents invited a corrupt magistrate to party on the island of Okinoshima. However, after he was lured to the remote location the locals sprang their trap to be rid of him. They left him on the island, drunk and alone. Abandoned, the magistrate prayed for a miracle and a giant fish rescued him from certain death. In his gratitude, the reformed magistrate built Oouo Shrine, “large fish shrine”. The torii form a line toward Okinoshima and are rebuilt every 30 years.
Today, visitors can see a variety of scenes depending on the time of day they visit. It makes for a mysterious and enchanting photograph spot as the tide comes in and out. This small shrine gets its fame from the beautiful vistas one can see at low tide. The tide difference can be up to 6 meters deep, this allows visitors to take a stroll under the vermilion gates at low tide. Visit in August for the Yukino Lantern Festivals where more than 500 lanterns surround the torii gates. Oouo Shrine was declared a Saga Prefecture heritage site in 2017.
A 10-minute walk from JR Tara Station.
40 minutes from Nagao Kitakata IC on Nagasaki Expressway.