Once considered too sacred to be entered, Aoshima Island and its shrine, which is said to date back before the year 820, offer a beautiful blend of Miyazaki's unique natural and Shinto heritage.
In ancient legends, it is said that Miyazaki is where the gods descended to Earth, and eventually gave birth to Jimmu, who is recorded as Japan's first ruler and Emperor. Among other gods, Aoshima-shrine is dedicated to Hoori-no-mikoto, popularly known as Yamasachihiko, and grandfather of Emperor Jimmu.
Because the island had been protected as holy grounds since ancient times, its vegetation and stone formations have been largely undisturbed over the ages, providing visitors a unique glimpse of Miyazaki's natural environment.
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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 villas and merchant houses.