Miyazaki : from Aoshima island to Udo shrine
It's been a week since Kumamoto and Oita earthquakes.
It's difficult to know when it's the right time to blog normally again after a disaster but Bene no Fukuoka ! is a cheerful and positive blog. I want to move forward , continue to show you the beauty of my island Kyushu.
I will talk longer about the the consequences of the earthquakes on the local tourism and my fears about this in my monthly daily life article but for now I'll finish the story of my journey to Miyazaki last month.
I left you when we were in Takachiho. Around 3pm, we took the bus bound for Miyazaki city, much further south than our current location.
|The famous undama, lucky balls|
The difference with 5 years ago I was immediately struck me : Miyazaki is a great bustling city ! I just didn't go to the right areas. This time we stayed in the downtown. After dropping our bags at the Toyoko Inn hotel (which had the most unfriendly staff ever), we went for a walk to the station. I found the souvenir shops which we there 5 years ago. How nostalgic ! Nothing has changed.
At night I really wanted to eat a chicken nanban, tartar sauce chicken dish. I took my mom to the restaurant famous for being the one which created the dish but it was full to we went ot another place. Despite a long wait it was delicious.
|Chicken nanban, one of the most famous dish of Miyazaki|
|Of course I bought my Hello Kitty regional socks ! Miyazaki ones were pretty cute and colorful.|
Indeed, Aoshima is famous for its straight lines stones. They are called devil's washboard or Oni no Sentakuita in Japanese (鬼の洗濯板). One might think that this was done by man but it is a natural geological phenomenon. We can also observe the same formations all along the coast.
One of the best thing about Aoshima is that it could have become a great tourist spot with a botanical garden in the middle (just like on Yubu island in Okinawa) but no, the botanical garden is on the other side of bridge, there is just the shrine and nothing else (there are a few stalls selling stones thought). I walked around the island which tookless than 10 minutes. I walked on the beach and then a little way above the coast. This is the best place to see the Devil's washboard. I enjoyed the walk even though I regret that the tide wasn't low enough to reach byfoot lighthouse (I LOVE lighthouses).
|In Aoshima, beaches are made of thousands of shells|
|Devil's washboard, Oni no Sentakuita|
|I really liked this lanternes with the moon hole on them.|
|Udo shrine, Miyazaki|
|Do you see the rope ? We had to throw the balls inside it.|
|Cute rabbit-shapped ema (small wooden plaques on which Shinto worshippers write their wishes)|
Access and useful informations
Udo jingû (鵜戸神宮) | Aoshima (青島)
Access from Miyazaki :
Take the bus in front of the Miyazaki station (wait before the "西1" mark). Get off at Aoshima (for the island, 28 minutes for ) and Udo Jinja (for the shrine, 1:30 for 1,480 yens).
The Miyawaki Kotsu Bus company offers for sale a one-day pass which allows unlimited travel on its routes. The pass costs 1800 yens and is on sale at the Miyazaki station bus terminal.
Bus timetable (april 2016)
|Miyazaki station||Aoshima||Michi no eki Phoenix||Udo shrine|
|Udo shrine||Michi no eki Phoenix||Aoshima||Miyazaki station|
Udo shrine opening hours :
From 6am to 7pm (April to September) and 7am to 6pm (October to March).