Feb
10
2012

Nobeoka (Miyazaki, Kyushu)

Today let’s continue with the next part of my winter vacation 2011/2012 travel report where I show you Nobeoka.
Early in the morning I left Takachiho by bus. My next destination was Miyazaki and the fastest way to go there (unless you have your own / rental car) is to go by bus to Nobeoka and then take a train to Miyazaki.

When I arrived in Nobeoka I didn’t plan to stay there, but I heard taiko drums from far away.
After confirming with the small tourist information next to the station entrance, I decided to stay for a while.

Thus, today’s travel report is about Nobeoka City in Miyazaki Prefecture.
During World War II Nobeoka was one of the most important centers of military explosives in Japan. Although it’s not related to today’s post, I thought it’s interesting information.

smilie Visited: January 1st 2012 smilie

Nobeoka, Miyazaki

I just followed the sound of taiko drums. Right in front of the station you’ll see this.
It will lead you into a small shopping arcade.

Nobeoka, Miyazaki

From the shopping arcade it’s a very short walk (just turn left after a minute or so) up to the shrine.

Imayama in Nobeoka, Miyazaki

The manhole cover of Nobeoka is really adorable!

Imayama in Nobeoka, Miyazaki

Although I really rushed I was already too late. I just came in time for their last performance of the day! :(

At least I got to see that one and it was quite nice. Here’s a short video, enjoy:

As it was January 1st there were a lot of people for their Hatsumode (= 1st shrine visit of the year to buy lucky charms for the new year etc.).

Imayama in Nobeoka, Miyazaki Imayama in Nobeoka, Miyazaki

This shrine is called “Imayama Hachimangu” (今山八幡宮). It is on a small hill (yama, 山).

If you walk a little bit more, you’ll be able to visit the major “attraction” of Imayama: Imayama Daishi (今山大師, great master of Imayama) statue which is part of Imayama Temple. It’s the statue of the great master Kobo Daishi Kukai.
He is quite famous throughout Japan and is worshipped by many people.

Imayama in Nobeoka, Miyazaki Imayama in Nobeoka, Miyazaki

You can also go inside and go upstairs to access the statue directly. However, it’s not free! It was quite expensive (500-800yen, sorry I can’t remember exactly).
Of course, I went inside.
First, you’ll have to walk over those little sacks on the floor slowly, with your shoes off.
To be honest I’m not 100% sure about this “ritual”. Maybe somebody else knows? Just leave me a comment or send a message! :)

Imayama in Nobeoka, Miyazaki Imayama in Nobeoka, Miyazaki

Finally up there you can see the statue from close up!
With a height of 17m and a weight of 11 tons, it is the largest statue of Kobo Daishi in Japan.
If you touch the feet of the statue, you’ll be blessed with good fortune. Of course, I did!

Imayama in Nobeoka, Miyazaki

The view from up there was quite nice, too!

Imayama in Nobeoka, Miyazaki Imayama in Nobeoka, Miyazaki

There are also a lot of smaller stone statues everywhere!

Imayama in Nobeoka, Miyazaki Imayama in Nobeoka, Miyazaki

I’m going to share just a few of them with you.

Imayama in Nobeoka, Miyazaki Imayama in Nobeoka, Miyazaki

Let me know if you have a favorite statue!

Imayama in Nobeoka, Miyazaki Imayama in Nobeoka, Miyazaki

Imayama in Nobeoka, Miyazaki

This was definitely one of my favorites! So adorable!

Imayama in Nobeoka, Miyazaki

Imayama is small hill, but yet has a lot to offer. I’m glad I came!
And then it was time to leave again. Walking through the forest with the stone lanterns on both sides was really nice! Great atmosphere!

 

It was still early when I finally left Nobeoka to go to Miyazaki.
The next blog post will be about the other half of the day, spent in Miyazaki City.

This was a rather short report as I only stayed a few hours in Nobeoka.
I had a look at some pamphlets and there are a few more things to see, but nothing TOO great, so it’s not like you HAVE to go there.
However, if you have a little bit of spare time when coming from or going to Takachiho via Nobeoka, I’d suggest to at least visit Imayama. It’s really just a short walk (~10-15 min.) from the station!

Thanks for reading!~smilie

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