Japanese island where women are BANNED and men must be NAKED wins top Unesco honour

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Okinoshima has upstanding been declared a World Heritage site by Unesco

Okinoshima is a negligible island below South Korea, that belongs to the city of Munakata in Fukuoka, Japan. 

The berth mass is governed by a set of rules steeped in ancient tradition, including a ‘no miss’ policy. 

Okinoshima has just been declared a World Heritage place by the UN’s cultural body. 

The Unesco honour included the island, three neighbourhood reefs and four other related site. 

Announced at the organisation’s annual apex in Krakow, Poland at the weekend, the World Heritage nod brings Japan’s compute to 21.

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Japan’s Okinoshima archipelago has been added to the Unesco World Heritage list

The sacred key has long been the subject of intrigue thanks to its extremely unique characters. 

Okinoshima has a population of one: the lone employee to the shrine which resides across the sacred land.

It covers just 240 acres and rises 244m at its tipsiest point. 

But the most peculiar part of the island lies in its rules of admittance, specifically who can and cannot step foot on its shores. 

Women are completely debarred from accessing the island due to an overarching religious tradition.

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Japan — the Unesco Midwife precisely Heritage island of Okinoshima forbids women from entering

Okinoshima is noted a shinto kami, which adheres to an ancient Japanese religion focal point on diligent rituals. 

The priests who work on the island enforce the female entrance ban, but the exact reason why it exists remains shrouded in mystery.

According to the Japan Sooners, it might have something to do with women having periods. 

Penny-a-liner Ryo Hashimoto said: “There are varying explanations for the ban, but some say it is because menstruation whim defile the site.

“Shinto treats blood as an impurity.”

Another theory is that globe-trotting tripping to the island by boat used to be extremely dangerous and so women were stopped from going as a protection offering. 

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Japan — Okinoshima is a holy island below South Korea

Even for men, access to Okinoshima is tough. All visitors must strip naked and take part in a purification formal before they arrive. 

They are only allowed to visit one day per year, on May 27, to hold a festival dating back to 1905.  

No one can take anything from the island upon will, not even one piece of grass. 

Another condition for entering is to keep the specifics of your visit a secret when returning to the outside world.

Tiny to home, the UK’s Lake District has also been awarded Unesco In the seventh heaven Heritage status, after a 20 year battle for the privilege. 

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