This shrine is in the middle of a tropical forest with a sea view! Located in the middle of Devil’s washboard in Miyazaki, Japandevils-washboard-aoshima-japan-oni-no-sentakuita-5307.JPGIsn’t the entrance walk is a class act? Such a stunning setting!aoshima-shrine-%e9%9d%92%e5%b3%b6%e7%a5%9e%e7%a4%be-devils-washboard-miyazaki-japan-5348Inline with other shrines in Japan, they have lots of charms to offer. Some of their charms requires one to ‘work’ for them e.g. bow & arrow, dice, fishing etc. My hubby managed to win a ‘love’ charm via bow & arrow. Too bad for him, he already has me 😛aoshima-shrine-%e9%9d%92%e5%b3%b6%e7%a5%9e%e7%a4%be-devils-washboard-miyazaki-japan-5384aoshima-shrine-%e9%9d%92%e5%b3%b6%e7%a5%9e%e7%a4%be-devils-washboard-miyazaki-japan-5374aoshima-jinja-aoshima-shrine-5381.JPGThis is literately the only ‘building’ on the island! And a tropical one too.

This is the shrine’s ‘backyard’.

aoshima-jinja-aoshima-shrine-5402.JPGHow is that for a walk to do some prayers? It’s a tropical forest / spiritual experience all at once. I love this place! There’s hardly anyone there as well. So tranquil 😀 Highly recommend visiting here!!


Where was I?

Aoshima Shrine 青島神社

2 Chome-13-1 Aoshima, Miyazaki, Miyazaki Prefecture 889-2162, Japan

How to get here?

From Miyazaki to Aoshima is 30min via JR Rail Nichinan Line. JPY 370 if you don’t have JR pass.

Between Aoshima train station to the island is around 15min by foot.


Another interesting shrine? Bio-hazardous Shrine – Samemachi, Aomori 八戸市鮫町


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  1. Fascinating story and great images Joyce. Its amazing how the Japanese often work hard to clutter up their shrines and temples to make them as hazardous as possible

    • Wahahah I never thought of it that way. You’re right though, they do add a lot of ‘elements’ to the shrine experience.

  2. This shrine looks pretty distinct from other ones I’ve been to. I really like the entrance! Your hubby looks amused by his charm! XD

  3. I love that shrine and the whole atmosphere there! Loved the colourful bracelets tied around the tree, we focused on them writing a short article on this shrine. Nice to see your pictures of the whole complex, brings back memories 🙂

  4. どうもありがとうございます!!

    • 感謝しています。すみません、敬語で書く方法を知らない。でも、本当にありがとうございました。坂本さんはいつもRTかlikeか、お世話になっております

      • 日本語は英語と異なり、漢字・ひらがな・カタカナ・ローマ字の4種類から成り立っています。
        でも 敬語という言葉をご存じでしたら大丈夫です。

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