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August 30, 2015 - Southern Kyushu: Nichinan Coast and Cape Toi

I visited the prefectures of Kagoshima, Kumamoto, and Miyazaki in a week-long vacation to Southern Kyushu. After spending the night at Kitago Onsen in the Nichinan Area, we headed to Cape Toi in the morning, the southernmost part of Miyazaki Prefecture.

Cape Toi is one of the few places in Japan where wild horses roam. About 300 years ago, samurai left the horses to graze, and they turned wild and were left alone on the peninsula. You can get up close to them for pictures as long as you don't try to touch or feed them.

The gorgeous Nichinan Coast!
Cape Toi: Can you spot the horses?
Horsies!

Cape Toi was breathtakingly beautiful, and the horses were awesome. It's a little far, but can totally be done in a day trip along with Udo Jingu and Aoshima Island from Miyazaki City, and I really, really recommend it! It's 400 yen to get in. There's also a lighthouse (200 yen per person), a visitor's center (300 yen) with guided tours you can get, and a small shrine with a large grove of Sago palms. The shrine is up on the mountain, but due to falling rocks, you can't go up to it, just see it from the observation platform. Still, it's a beautiful area!

After finishing up at Toi, we drove to the castle town of Obi, back near Kitago Onsen where we stayed the night, to eat a home-cooked meal by a friend. From there, we headed back up the coast toward Miyazaki, stopping at Udo Shrine and Aoshima Island on the way.

Built into the rocks

Udo Shrine is pretty neat, and the ocean in the area really beautiful. We accidentally parked in the big bus parking lot, so it was about a 15 minute walk to and from the shrine, but there is a parking lot closer we missed.

Inside the cave
"Turtle" rock

From Udo we stopped finally at Aoshima. The day was getting hazy, but there were many people out enjoying the beach.

Beach time despite the haze

Aoshima is really, really unique. The "devil's washboard" rocks look man-made until you get up close to them, when you realize they are completely natural. The shrine on Aoshima is also nice.

The devil's washboard
Rocks and bridge
Torii gates from the island

We turned in the rental car at Miyazaki Station and checked into our final hotel of the trip, a Toyoko Inn. That night a festival was going on, so we walked and enjoyed many different events in the area.

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List of Posts:
2016/04/24 - Mitsuhiko Imamori Paper Cut Works Exhibit in Takasaki
2015/11/19 - Shiobara Onsen, Tochigi
2015/08/30 - Southern Kyushu: Miyazaki City
2015/08/30 - Southern Kyushu: Nichinan Coast and Cape Toi
2015/08/30 - Southern Kyushu: Takachiho, Miyazaki
2015/08/27 - Southern Kyushu: Kumamoto Castle
2015/08/25 - Southern Kyushu: Ibusuki and Kirishima
2015/08/24 - Southern Kyushu: Kagoshima City, Kagoshima
2015/08/03 - Tambara Lavender Park
2015/07/13 - Event: Eco Edo Nihonbashi Art Aquarium
2015/05/01 - Kanna-machi Koi-no-Bori Festival
2015/05/01 - Wisteria Festival in Fujioka
2014/11/15 - Sakurayama Koen: Fall Colors and Winter-blooming Cherry Blossoms
2014/11/15 - Ueno-mura Sky Bridge and Fall Colors
2014/08/22 - Gifu Road Trip Part 1: Gifu City and Gujo Caves
2014/08/22 - Gifu Road Trip Part 2: Gujo City and Shirakawa-go
2014/08/22 - Gifu Road Trip Part 3: Hida Takayama
2014/07/02 - Rainy Season around Tokyo: Hydrangea Flowers
2014/05/27 - Road Trip: Yamadera, Yamagata
2014/05/26 - Road Trip: Yonezawa, Yamagata
2014/05/19 - Roadtrip Fukushima's Ouchijuku
2014/05/16 - Roadtrip: Aizu-Wakamatsu
2014/04/30 - Climbing Gunma's Mt. Myogi
2014/03/09 - Flower Weekend 2: Tokyo Report
2014/03/09 - Flower Weekend 1: Gunma Plums
2013/10/30 - Onioshidashi Koen and Mt. Asama Part 1
2013/10/30 - Onioshidashi Koen and Mt. Asama Part 2
2013/10/30 - Cosmos and Mt. Myogi
2013/10/01 - Fall Flowers: Higanbana
2012/12/01 - Winter Cherry Blossoms at Joumine Kouen
2012/11/18 - Annual Coco Harvest Festival
2012/11/11 - Ueno Cat cafe ''Nekomaru''
2012/11/10 - Tokyo Design Festa vol.36 at Odaiba
2012/11/04 - Utsunomiya, Tochigi Gyoza Festival