Japan’s Okinoshima Island to Ban All Visitors; VIVA Lifestyle & Travel

Japan – Sacred Island of Okinoshima and Associated Sites in the Munakata Region

As if it wasn’t weird enough that a newly-named UNESCO World Heritage Site was accessible only to men, it’s now becoming even more exclusive. So exclusive, in fact, that actually no travelers will be allowed to go there. At all. Period.

Okinoshima Island is a tiny landmass off the coast of Japan, and was declared a UNESCO site just last week. Aside from its impressive status, however, it’s home to some pretty strict rules, including how only men can visit, and how they need to bathe naked in the sea before they can step foot on land.

Up until now, the island has allowed for 200 visitors per year, and all at one same time: an annual festival that lasts just two hours.

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