Aburatsu, Miyazaki, Japan
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Approximately 4 Hours
Meals not included
Miyazaki Prefecture is home to two sacred sites -- the Udo Jingu shrine and Obi Castle.
The Udo Jingu Shrine is located in a cave scoured by wave action. It is dedicated to Yamasachihiko -- father of the first Emperor of Japan -- and is famed for its dramatic setting.
Travel to the must-see Obi Castle ruins, perched on a hill in the ancient town of the same name. Rich with history, cultural significance, and the spirit of the Edo period, the castle was used by the Shimazu and Ito clans from 1458 to 1871. Much of the original stonework has survived despite earthquakes and the passing of centuries. The museum exhibits the armor and swords of the Ito clan.
On the castle grounds, you will visit Yoshokan -- an old Samurai residence offering lovely views.
A scenic drive returns you to the ship.
Tour requires a long walk in Obi castle town. Wear comfortable walking shoes. There are many steps to access the main hall of Udo Shrine, with no ramp or elevator available. The walk to reach the shrine is about 10 minutes and requires negotiating a narrow cliffside pathway with steep steps. Not advisable for guests using a wheelchair or for those with mobility limitations. Bring local currency, as many vendors do not accept credit cards or US dollars.