Udo Jingu Shrine in Miyazaki

The Udo Shrine (鵜戸神宮, Udo Jingū) is located on the south coast of Nichinan City in Miyazaki Prefecture. It was dedicated to Yamasachihiko, the father of Emperor Jimmu, the first Emperor of Japan, according to the traditional succession list.

This sanctuary is located in a cave on the side of a cliff overlooking the ocean and therefore enjoys spectacular views. Although it is not clear whether Emperor Jimmu was born or visited this place, some say that the breast-shaped rocks of the cave, breastfed the emperor.


Outside the cave there is a terrace overlooking the ocean. Among the stones, there is a target marked by a rope on which people try to play small undama, or lucky balls.

Some believe that drinking the water that flows from these stones is beneficial for pregnancy. This sanctuary is also a lucky spot for couples and honeymooners.

The video below from our friend Santana will show a little more of this Sanctuary:

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