Udo Shrine

Breathtaking! The mystic shrine hidden inside a cave.

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Shrines

This unique shrine sits inside a cave found along the cliffs facing the sea. The shrine is known for safe childbirth, children, marriage as well as property for fishermen and those headed out to sea.
Udo Shrine and its surrounding area are designated as a National Scenic Beauty.

Udo Shrine can be reached by going down an approx.. 800-meter stone staircase carved into the cliff. The cave itself is about 1000 square meters large, and is said to be made by Toyotama-hime, the goddess in Japanese mythology, who came here to give birth. According to the myth, the goddess left breast-shaped rocks in the cave (“Ochichi-iwa”), which are believed to aid in breastfeeding if you eat “Ochichi-ame candy” made by the water that drips from it.

Just outside the main honden hall of the shrine sits the “Kame-ishi” (turtle rock) and undama (luck balls). According to the custom, men throw with their left hand and women through with their right hand, but if they land the undama in the target its said to bring good luck.

From the Edo to Meiji Periods, there was a custom called “Shan Shan Horse”, where new brides rode a horse down to visit the temple. While no longer in practice, it is recreated occasionally during local temple events.

Highlights

  • This mystical shrine sits tucked inside a cave, shining in a bright vermillion red.
  • Shrine is know for protection in childbirth, children, marriage, fishing and voyages.
  • There are “ochichi candies” sold here as well, said to help new mothers produce more breast milk.
  • Throw an undama (lucky ball) at the turtle rock for extra luck if you make the target.
  • You can also find the “Devil’s Washboard” craggy cliffs nearby.

Photos

  • The Honden (Main Hall) of Udo Shrine
  • Udo Shrine
  • Udo Shrine
  • The Turtle Rock
  • Undama (Lucky Balls)
  • Devils Washboard (Uto senjoujikikigan)

Reviews

  • Emily 華未

    要參拜需要走上一段路,壯觀的海岸地形,天然的岩洞中特殊神宮。
    另外可以購買5顆幸運石,拋入繩子中的洞來祈願,男左女右手~還真的不是那麼容易投的進。

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Details

Name in Japanese
鵜戸神宮
Postal Code
887-0101
Address
3232 Miyaura, Nichinan City, Miyazaki
Tel
0987-29-1001
Hours
6:00am-6:00pm
Regular Holidays
None
Admission
Free
Access
Walk approx. 10 min. after getting off at “Udo Shrine” bus stop. The bus stop is about a 20 min. ride from Ibii or Aburatsu Station on the JR Nichinan Line.
Official Website
Official Website (Japanese)