Japan's 'men-only' island shuts doors to tourists

  • Travel Dejavu
    Travel Dejavu
    July 28, 2017 at 12:26 pm #9878

    Visitors will not be allowed to set foot on a men-only UNESCO World Heritage island in Japan from next year. The tiny landmass of Okinoshima, where women are banned and male visitors must bathe naked in the sea before visiting its shrine, was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site last week.

    Limited numbers are currently permitted to land on the island in the Sea of Japan (East Sea)- this year it was 200- for a yearly festival that lasts just two hours, but they must adhere to strict rules.

    This island, which sits off the northwest coast of Kyushu, the southernmost of Japan’s four key islands, was a crucial window for foreign trade in Japan since ancient times forming part of a route linking the archipelago to the Korean peninsula and China.

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