Udo-jingu Shrine 鵜戸神宮

Udo-jingu Shrine Udo-jingu Shrine
Udo-jingu Shrine Udo-jingu Shrine

A picturesque cliffside shrine with a cave, powers over fertility, and a lucky hole

Perched atop a steep cliff face overlooking the wide, blue ocean and jagged rocks below, Udo-jingu should be on your schedule if you're in the Miyazaki area.

Quick Facts

Throwing little pebbles into a holy rock here is said to bring luck

There is a hidden seaside cave below the main shrine

How to Get There

The easiest way to get here is by car.

By car, it's about 40 kilometers south of the city center of Miyazaki, or roughly 45 minutes.

One of Japan's most stunning seaside shrines

Whether you're coming north from Nichinan or south from Miyazaki , the road you take to get to Udo-jingu is a spectacular drive along the coast.

The shrine's main entrance is just a few meters from incredible ocean views, and there is a cave below.

There are some small red shrine gates on the left that are great for photos.

When you get to the bottom of the steps, take a left and explore the cave shrine. It's considered a special place with fertility powers, so you'll see lots of women there praying for the best.

Try your hand at stone throwing

Once you've seen the cave shrine, you'll exit nearby a little row of stalls where little boxes of pebbles are for sale. Buy some, make a wish, and then try to throw the little pebbles over the cliff into the hole below.

There's a catch: you must use your non-dominant hand, or your wishes won't come true.

Whether you're coming south from Aoshima , or north from Nichinan or even Kagoshima , Udo-jingu should be top of your list. It's very close to Sunmesse , so doing both in one trip is possible.

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