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Udo Jingu (shrine) is a shrine in Nichinan, Miyazaki. There is a cave which is the size of 38 m from east to west, 29 m from south to north, 8.5 m high located in the middle of a cliff facing to Hyuga-nada. The main hall of the shrine is in the cave. People have to walk down the stone stairs along the cliff to visit the shrine because of this unique location. Although it is not known when this shrine was established, it is believed to have divine favor in matchmaking, harmonious marriage, impregnation and safe childbirth. It has been a focus of people’s worship. The shrine buildings went under reconstruction and restoration many times. The building today had its roof re-thatched and lacquered in 1997.
- 3232 Miyaura, Nichinan-shi, Miyazaki
- Walk for a minute from JR Miyazaki station to Miyazaki Eki-mae Bus Center. Take Miyako Bus bound for Nichinan, Obi. Ride for 1 hour 20 minutes. Get off at Udo Jingu. Walk for 10 minutes.
- Opening Hours / Holidays
- 6:00-19:00 (October to March 7:00-18:00)
- Official Website
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It is said that main hall was built in the cave because it is the place where the delivery room of the main God was located. Behind the main hall, you can see the remains of the “first bath” that is believed to be used when the main God was born. Also, there is a rock called “Ochichi-iwa” (breast-shaped rock) which is a trace of the breast of the mother of the God pushed upon the rock praying that her child grows healthily. The candies sold at the shrine are made with the water dripping from the rock and believed to be beneficial for pregnant women to have enough milk to raise the baby healthily.
Udo Jingu is located in the cape facing to Hyuga-nada. It is the best sightseeing spot in Nichinan coast. The panoramic view from the approach is just stunning! You can enjoy the mesmerizing view with contrasting colors of the blue horizon, vermillion fences of the approach, green cycads planted around.
Throw “Undama” (lucky balls) toward the Sea and Pray for Good Luck!
Outside the cave where the main hall is located, you will see many strange shaped rocks. Among those is a rock called “kame-ishi” (turtle rock) that has a square-shaped dent. It is said that if you throw “undama,” a small ceramic ball towards the dent and successfully shoot it in it, your wish will come true. Men are supposed to throw with their left hand while women are supposed to do so with their right.