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Udo Jingū Shrine, Nichinan

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Landmark Religious Site
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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  • Just surprised only by the Japan myth itself venerable and Miyazaki visited the shrine. Hinata and that and that was 気忙shiku and this was from the Takachiho, this shrine is nice and view from the geographical environment, very heart was a peaceful place. [Actual visiting time is 8/2013]
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  • Really carved cliffs? Cave shrine is located in everything. During the solemn and sacred feelings can be found. Azalea and getting breasts rock is famous.
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  • Sunny and green red blue of sky and sea, shrines, and plants of this contrast is amazing. So people who want Japanese a lot more Chinese too good story, more people want you to visit. I think urasando Hatchobori Hill is charming approach.
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  • You'll need a good pair of legs to get up and down the substantial amount of uneven stairs to see this lovely and peaceful shrine. Snuggled into a cave, this cave is a favourite with young couples hoping to have children and a happy marriage, I am told, but even if neither category is relevant to you, this shrine overlooks some very interesting and incredibly smooth rock formations, and you have the chance to throw pebbles onto these rocks for good luck if you please. If you are travelling to see this shrine on our own, the most efficient way is to take the bus that specifically stops in the parking area for tourist buses and cars for the shrine. If you are taking the bus from Miyazaki train station, go to the information booth just beyond the entrance doors to the bus terminal and ask for the bus timetable. There are two different sets of times depending on whether it is a weekday or weekend. There is a very helpful gentleman at the information booth that can speak English and can give you an English information timetable. On board the bus, announcements are made over loudspeaker as to the upcoming stops in 4 different languages- Japanese, Korean, English and Mandarin so you'll know when you get off. If you are also planning to travel to other tourist places in Miyazaki, then the best value for money is getting an all day buss pass, that will allow you to hop on and off for 1000 yen per adult the whole day. These passes can be bought at the information booth. Be aware that transport here, as like the rest of the Japan arrives and leaves on time 99% of the time. So plan your trip around Miyazaki very wisely and be aware of the time, lest you just miss a buss and have to wait another huge stretch of time to catch the next one.
  • It is a neat place. And pretty entertaining. There is a turtle shape rock that you throw stones at.
  • Nice shrine close to the shore with magnificent view 😊 there are many local shops around with many souvenirs as well. I definitely recommend you to walk around and visit the small coast shrine. There are signs to show you the way. It's like 10min walking.
  • Nice place, but you have to walk around 15 min from the car park. Not a big place and can complete the visit in 1 hours.
  • Japan legend associated with the place, picturesque location, but be prepare to clim b some stairs.

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Where to stay in Nichinan

Although most visitors take a day trip to Nichinan from Miyazaki, you can find a couple of accommodation options in town or nearby. A number of modern, Western-style hotels concentrate in the town center, while numerous lodgings line the Nichinan railway line to Miyazaki. Traditional Japanese "ryokan" (guesthouses) line the scenic coastline.
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