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Location of Munakata in Fukuoka Prefecture
|• Mayor||Hiromi Tanii|
|• Total||119.66 km2 (46.20 sq mi)|
|Population (April 2008)|
|• Density||790/km2 (2,000/sq mi)|
|• Tree||Camphor laurel|
|• Flower||Japanese lily|
|Time zone||Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)|
|City hall address||1-1-1 Tōgō, Munakata-shi, Fukuoka-ken
The area has prospered from trade with China and Korea from ancient times. It has a world heritage candidate (Okinoshima) at Munakata Shrine. Munakata Shrine specifies itself as the territory of the god of Kyūshū during the Asuka period — ranging from Onga in the east, south to Wakamiya and Miyata, and Shingū in the west. During the age of civil wars a daimyo with leading Shinto priest and Munakata Ujisada of Munakata Shrine established Tsutagadake castle (Mount Jo). Through this, Munakata, Onga and Kurate were protected from invasion by other daimyos such as Tachibana Dōsetsu and the Ōtomo clan. There are also ghost stories connected with the area since the Yamada incident arose.
On March 28, 2005, the village of Ōshima (also from Munakata District) was absorbed into Munakata.
In the earthquake on March 20, 2005, damage was done in various parts of the city. The quake registered just under five on the Japan Meteorological Agency seismic intensity scale.
Akama (赤間) is a historical district and city center of Munakata. It contains rows of old houses belonging, along with the original Akama hotel and two now-ruined castles: Hakusan Castle and Tsutagadake Castle. The Shinto priest and founder of Munakata Shrine was a local military leader in medieval times. It is also connected to the period in history when Takamori Saigō and Shinsaku Takasugi were in conflict with the national government.
- Global Arena, which has hosted the Sanix World Rugby Youth Invitational Tournament since 2000
- Genkai Ground, which hosts the Munakata Sanix Blues rugby team
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