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The 'No Girls Allowed' Japanese Island Declared 'World Heritage' By UNESCO!

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| July 10 , 2017 , 17:40 IST

The Japanese island Okinoshima which is situated off the northwest coast of Kyushu, the southernmost of Japan's four main islands has been declared as a 'World Heritage Site' by the UNESCO.

The island is a 'boys only' place to visit and there is a strict law that prohibits women from reaching out to this place whatsoever. The ban on female visitors "has nothing to do with discrimination against women," an official told AFP. This law is observed because apparently, it's considered dangerous for women to travel by sea to get to the island.

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A Shinto priest is traditioned to pray to the island's goddess and this culture is being followed by since centuries.

Limited men are allowed on the island and they must also strip off and take a purifying dip in the ocean before they are allowed to set foot on the sacred ground of the shrine.

The shrine officials are pleased with UNESCO declaring the holy place as a 'World Heritage' but seem reluctant in attracting any tourists to the place. They are actually planning to completely prohibit the entry of any visitor to the shrine and the island to be made exclusively open only for the priests. 

This decision comes only as a concern as the officials feel that more tourists and visitors might end up destroying the holy shrine.

Thousands of gold and valuable treasures are found on the Island. 'These treasures are believed to have been offered to the gods in order to pray for national prosperity and the safety of marine traffic', says the website of Munakata Taisha, the shrine which owns Okinoshima.