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Udo Jingū Shrine, Nichinan

Categories: Landmarks, Sacred & Religious Sites, Tourist Spots
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4.7/5 based on 300+ reviews on the web
Step into the cave and admire the vivid colors of Udo Jingū Shrine, a Shinto shrine. Legend has it that Japan's mythical first emperor, Jimmu, was born in the cave, which was subseqently dedicated to him. Notice the breast-shaped rocks on the cave wall, said to have been suckled by the young emperor and nourished him for the challenges to come. Sipping the water that drips from the rocks has long been thought to bring benefits for pregnant women and couples trying to have a child. Step out onto the terrace by the cave's entrance to see the ocean and a rugged stretch of coastline, fit for an emperor. Use our Nichinan tourist route planner to add Udo Jingū Shrine and other attractions to your Nichinan vacation plans.
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  • Sea shrine is only here now? I think. NHK morning drama filming was there also. Good breakfast and new year's day
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  • Now the only shrine located on the ocean and coupled with the rare and beautiful views, a purified mind and body care. Also visit some day.
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  • Very nice views, very pretty and scenic shrine - There were warning about vicious monkeys but did not see any during the trip. Worth a detour. 
  • Two parking lots-- the first one is definitely a better location. Not as many stairs, and you're way closer to the actual Shrine. Gorgeous. There's also the spots where you pay to partake in different things, like rock throwing into a circle rope for fertility, tying prayers on boards, it was interesting! Lots of vendors and they're all really nice. Try the snow cones! Plenty of vending machines, too, for water, soda, etc. Bathrooms located near both parking lots, very clean.
  • Small but really beautiful and colorful shrine built inside a cave. The whole environment itself is made of natural multicolor and bizarrely shaped stone formations. And you can play the game of throwing small shrine-made clay balls into a hole on top of a turtle head look alike rock to have a wish come true.
  • A hard to get to but great place. A cave shrine that is a rarity in Japan.
  • Great shrine half on the seashore half in a cave, good luck throwing the five fortune pottery in the hole !
  • Cool shrine worth checking out...lots of stairs down to the shrine.
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