Udo Jingu shrine (鵜戸神宮) was one of the place where I really loved to go. When I had a trip to Takachiho, I had a time to go there. I use a local bus on the way and get on cruising train Umisachi-Yamasachi on the way back from Udo Jingu shrine.I would like to show you how to access to Udo Jingu shrine by both transportation.
My itinerary and summary of access to Udo Jingu shrine
View Nichinan coast and Udo Jingu shrine in a larger map
Udo Jingu can be accessed by local bus only. We can catch this bus at several Japan Railway’s stations, Miyazaki (宮崎), Miyazaki airport (宮崎空港), Aoshima (青島), Aburatsu (油津) and Obi (飫肥). If you use Japan Rail Pass and want to minimize your extra cost, try to catch a bus at Aburatsu. This station is the closest station to Udo Jingu shrine.
When I had a trip to Udo Jingu, I caught a bus at Miyazaki airport. Because I visited Takachiho before this trip. I got on limited express Nichirin from Nobeoka to Miyazaki airport. Most of limited express Nichirin connect to Miyazaki airport. It is easy to transfer from train to bus and the fare is a bit cheaper than getting on at Miyazaki station. And also that is one of the reason why I would fry back to Osaka by the flight. I wanted to check in the baggage before going Udo Jingu.
Anyway my itinerary was the following:
March 18, 2012
08:15 Depart from Takachiho bus center by local bus to Nobeoka (Link to My trip to Takachiho)
09:45 Arrive at Nobeoka station
10:28 Depart from Nobeoka station by limited express Nichirin 3
11:47 Arrive at Miyazaki Airport station
13:07 Depart from Miyazaki Airport by Miyzaki Kotsu local bus to Obi via Udo Jingu and Aburatsu
14:05 Arrive at Udo Jingu iriguchi (iriguchi means “entrance”)
15:20 Depart from Udo Jingu iriguchi by Miyazaki Kotsu local bus to Obi via Aburatsu
15:41 Arrive at Aburatsu station
15:50 Depart from Aburatsu station by limited express Umisachi-Yamasachi
17:11 Arrive at Minami Miyazaki station
17:13 Depart from Minami Miyazaki station by local train
17:18 Arrive at Miyazaki Airport station
I flew back to Itami (Osaka) airport.
I use the bus on the way and the train on the way back. I tell you about both bus and train.
Miyazaki Kotsu Bus (宮崎交通バス)
This is operated by a common commute bus. It is not operated by a highway motor coach. I think most of you take this bus from Miyazaki station or Miyazaki Airport station. Since this bus service is a commute service, there are some many bus stops on the way and it runs very slow. I recommend you to take this bus from Miyazaki Airport station to shorten your trip time.
It is 1,480 yen between Miyazaki station and Udo Jingu. It is 580 yen between Udo Jingu and Aburatsu. But forget about this regular fare if you use the bus from Miyazaki station or Miyazaki airport. Because Miyazaki Kotsu sell 1 day unlimited ride pass at 1,800 yen. Even though I travelled from Miyazaki station to Udo Jingu and from Udo Jingu to aburatsu, 1 day pass was still cheaper than regular fare. You can buy this pass at Miyazaki station bus center, Miyazaki airport bus stop, Aburatsu station bus center, Nobeoka station bus center, Takachiho bus center and many more places in Miyazaki.
I made a huge mistake! I got on the bus from Takachiho to Nobeoka station too in same day as trip to Udo Jingu. Both bus from Takachiho to Nobeoka and to Udo Jingu are operated by same company, Miyazaki Kotsu. If I bought this one day pass at Takachiho, I could make a big save. But I forgot to buy a pass before I got on the bus from Takachiho. This pass cannot be bought in the bus. Don’t make a same mistake as me! 🙂
This one day pass covers all local bus services in Miyazaki prefecuture that are operated by Miyazaki Kotsu. It does not cover any express bus services and the bus goes to other prefectures. If you will use the train to Aburatsu both way and get on the bus at Aburatsu, the fare will be 1,140 yen for the round trip. Single fare is cheaper than one day pass.
First of all, get off Miyazaki station from west exit (西口). Please refer this page of Miyazaki Kotsu website. Look at the map on the top of page. You see “西1”, “西2”, “西3”, “西4”, “A”, “B” and “C” in the map. The bus to Udo Jingu stop at 西3. Take the bus that has route 965 to Aburatsu and Obi (965系統/油津・飫肥行き). If you want to buy one day pass at Miyazaki station bus center, it is located around “B” in above map. It is not complicated. You can find it easily.
If you arrive at Miyazaki Airport station, there is only one exit and it is located at the terminal building. It is small airport and easy to find the location. The bus stop is located at other end of the terminal building. Walk about 50m from the exit of station, you will see a bus stop and small ticket booth. You can buy one day ticket there.
Michi no Eki Phoenix
This is not related to Udo Jingu. But this is the best view point of this route. Nichinan Coast is one of the best drive route in Japan. Michi no Eki Phoenix is just located in the middle between Miyazaki and Udo Jingu shrine along Nichinan Coast. There are a restaurant, a souvenir shop and a view point. I visited there in cloudy day. You can see the beautiful images when it is sunny.
I regretted that I couldn’t get off the bus there. I should have done the following schedule:
12:12 Depart from Miyazaki Airport by Miyzaki Kotsu local bus to Obi via Udo Jingu and Aburatsu (I could take this bus. But I had a lunch at the airport and took 13:07 departure bus)
12:42 Arrive at Michi no Eki Phoenix and take a lunch there
13:37 Depart from Michi no Eki Phoenix by Miyazaki Kotsu local bus
14:05 Arrive at Udo Jingu iriguchi (iriguchi means “entrance”)
By the way, Michi no Eki (道の駅) means road side station. It is a rest stop. But usually Michi no Eki focus on more local. They sell the variety of local products and serve a local food. If you have a time, take some rest there and enjoy local taste.
Udo Jingu iriguchi
This bus stop is located in local residential area. It doesn’t look like the bus stop where is the closet to Udo Jingu. But you will see the white pole sign at the other side of bus stop. And Udo Jingu iriguchi bus stop is located right after short tunnel. You may be able to find this white pole sign right after the bus get off the tunnel at the right hand side. After you get off the bus, please refer these following images.
One of readers gave me updated information. Now the bus goes in the parking, the second image below. So forget about the bus stop above. Now it is much easier to access Udo Jingu by bus.
I spent 1 hour and 15 minutes to see everything there.
This is the easiest bus stop in this route. The bus stop is located just in front of the station. You cannot miss it.
As you saw my schedule above, I had only 9 minutes to transfer to limited express Umisachi-Yamasachi. If the bus arrive on time, it was completely no problem. But the bus was late about 5 minutes. It was very tight. Please be careful if you do this schedule.
Nichinan line and Limited Express Umisachi-Yamasachi
If you really want to save your extra cost on JR Pass or Kyushu Rail Pass, you can take a train from Miyazaki to Aburatsu. There is only one round trip of the Limited Express Umisachi-Yamasachi on weekends only. In other days, your choice is only a local train. Nichinan line is a rustic local line. There are only about 15 round trips between Miyazaki and Aburatsu. It takes 1 hour 30 minutes to access to Aburatsu from Miyazaki. So please check both train schedule and bus schedule from Aburatsu to Udo Jingu.
In my trip, I got on Umisachi-Yamasachi on the way back to Miyazaki from Aburatsu. I heard this is very popular train. So I booked my ticket right after tickets were on sale. But when I got on, there were lots of empty seats. I think the reason why it was Sunday but not high season.
Hotels in Nichinan Coast, Aoshima, Japan
Hotels in Miyazaki, Japan
I was very impressed the atmosphere and service by attendant in this train. I really enjoyed it. But Nichinan line goes through more mountain side than road. I had much better view of Nichinan Coast from the local bus on the way to Udo Jingu. If you expect lots of nice view on this train, you may be disappointed. I still recommend you to get on this train if you have a chance. But don’t expect so many chances to watch the view from this train. If you want more details about this train, please see the post below: