Once the center of a 51,000 "koku" fiefdom ruled by the Ito clan for close to three centuries, Obi is a quaint castle town with streets lined with samurai and merchant villas. Moss covered shrines, Obi Castle, and a "Han" school built by the Ito Clan are among some of the cultural gems that make up Obi's Edo-period townscape. Enjoy experiences such as "shimanto" archery, as well as local cuisine such as Miyazaki style grilled chicken, or Obi-made "shochu". Nearby places to visit include Udo Shrine, the Sakamoto Rice Terraces, and the Nichinan beaches, popular for surfing and other marine sports.
The closest airport to Obi is Miyazaki airport, which is approx. a 1.5 hr flight from Tokyo's Haneda airport and approx 1.0 hr flight from Osaka's Itami or Kansai International airports. Driving to Obi from Miyazaki airport takes approx. 1.0 hr, or a journey by train to Obi Station takes approx 1.25hrs. If driving, you can enjoy either a mountain or a seaside route into Obi.