Miyazaki Day 2: Udo-jingū and Wild Horses

It’s day two, and the sun feels prickly on the back of our necks. It suddenly feels like summer, and I am overly dressed with pants and a long sleeve shirt. Our first stop is Udo-jingū, a brightly painted shrine set within a cave on cliffs facing the Open Pacific. With brilliant red paint set against the blue horizon and cascading cliffs below, it’s no wonder it’s a popular tourist destination spot.


Next, we drive further down the coast towards Cape Toi, an area famous for wild horses. I take some pictures of the scenery along the way:

Wild Horses of Cape Toi

On the most southern tip of Miyazaki is Cape Toi, home to one of Japan’s wild horse populations, the Misaki-uma. I had no idea Japan had an indigenous horse species, much less 8 all across Japan. While driving up to the rolling green hills, we spot several horses in the distance.

Our first close encounter:

Before we proceed further, we stop for a fresh bowl of sashimi and rice for lunch to gather our strength.

After lunch, we go back out to the hill of horses. It’s spring time, and small foal stay close to their mother’s sides. Some male horses are still showing their aggressive instincts towards other males. While looking down the hill, I heard the galloping of a horse from behind me, and before I knew it, it stampeded its way right past me towards another horse, giving me one of the biggest frights I’ve had in the longest time. They are wild after all, and it’s best to keep a safe distant.

Having a good bum scratch.

It’s been a full, beautiful day of driving and sightseeing. After our horse sightings, we head back to our hotel for another full night of rest.