This course is the only Kyushu OLLE Course where you have to ride a boat to enter and it is created on the biggest island of Fukuoka Prefecture. Oshima is full of beautiful natural landscapes, its deep history can be felt, and it is nominated to become a part of World Heritage Sites.
You will take around 25 minutes ferry ride from Kono Ferry Port of Munakata City and arrive at Oshima. The port itself is quite simple, but Mt. Ontake towering over the island gives the place a majestic feeling.
As you start, before long, you will arrive at Munakata Grand Shrine Nakatsu-gu. This is the shrine where resides Tagitsu Hime-no-Kami, one of the three Munakata goddesses, and worshiped.
Hikoboshi Shrine and Orihime Shrine, both are adjacent to the shrine, the meaning of the river is Milky Way, having the legend of Hikobosi and Orihime, flows on the entrance.
Upon passing the shrine, a little steep mountain path begins to climb up the mountain peak of Mt. Ontake. As you walk up the mountain, you will feel little out of breath but climb up to the observation deck on top of the mountain comfortably. While looking at surrounding view of the sea in every direction which only an island can present, you can calm down your heavy breath with cool breeze after climbing up to the slope.
From here, the path leads your steps to quiet woodland path. The woodland road with mysterious atmosphere can prove that exploring troops said to have visited here dozen times to explore the unspoiled path. In this road which makes you feel that you are the only one in the forest, you hear nothing and only hear your own voice in mind. After going through the mountain road, is spread the sigh like view.
The road connects to Wind Mill Observation Deck which is known for most romantic place in Oshima, interweaves silver grass and sea and sky is the highlight of this path.
Following Wind Mill Observation Deck, you will go up and encounter the remnants of former Houdaiato (remains of old wartime fort).
You can look over Sea of Genkai and feel freedom to the core of your heart. You only need to sit in observation deck. Walk a little further down from observation deck, you will find Okinoshima Youhaisho. Okinoshima Yohaisho gives the impression that it is floating, which increases the mysteriousness of island. The path from here to the goal, you will continuously walk through the quiet village path.