There are very few Buddhist temples on the Oki Islands, but there re about 150 Shinto shrines. Of these, Mizuwakasu-jinja Shrine is one of the four most important, enshrining a deity that protects the sea around the islands.
The local history museum is right next door
The Goka Soseikan culture center is also close by
Tsubame thatched farmhouse on the grounds of the history museum
The shrine is in the Goka area about 13 kilometers north of the main port of Saigo on the main road that runs through the middle of the island.
Several local bus lines stop here. Dogo is a small island with few roads and few buses, so finding your way around is not difficult.
The current building was built at the end of the 18th century in Oki zukuri style, with a thatched roof. Probably all will be quiet, but the well-maintained sumo ring in the grounds indicates that sumo wrestling is still popular here in the Okis.
Every two years on May 3, the shrine will be crowded for the Rettaisai Matsuri, one of the three great festivals of the Okis, and then you can see kagura dancing, lion dancing, shishimai, and horseback archery, yabusame.
Right next door to the shrine is the local history museum, the Oki Kyodokan, housed in a lovely white wooden building that was once a town hall, and where you can see exhibits that cover the islands history and folklore.
In the grounds behind the museum is a lovely 150-year-old thatched farmhouse that you ca enter and explore.
Also nearby is the Goka Soseikan, where displays and videos introduce you to the many traditions and festivals of the island, like bull sumo, as well as the natural world of the island.