Hososhima, Japan Cruise Port

Within the Miyazaki Prefecture near the Sea of Hyuga is the cruise port of Hososhima, Japan, part of the larger port city of Hyuga (which is the result of the consolidation of Hososhima with several other small towns and villages, such as Shinmachi, Tomishima, Mimitsu, and more). Hososhima is part of the city's commercial fishing area, peppered with historic building from the Edo Period (between 1603 and 1868); it also has an industrial part to its port, which won "Port of the Year 2015" from Japan's government. While travelers sometimes use this as a waypoint before getting to some of Japan's other attractions, there are a plethora of activities for those who wish to remain right here: Japan's famous cherry blossoms are in full bloom during spring, and you'll find plenty of area shrines to explore. Listed below are a handful of our favorite experiences when cruising to Hososhima, Japan:
 
  • As you walk away from the wharf, you may find the three-story Hososhima Port Museum. Originally built in 1921 as an inn (some locals may still called it the "Old Takanabe-ya Inn"), it's retained its original look and is a great place to get a feel for the area's history.
     
  • There are several shines and temples from which to choose. Check out the Buddhist Myokoku-ji Temple with its scenic garden, or the Omi Shrine, supposedly awash with mystical energy. The lovely Takachiho Shrine is flanked by cedar trees; it's said to be the place where all relevant gods are enshrined.
     
  • Not far from the Omi Shrine you'll find Hyuga Cape (or Cape Hyuga), a popular hangout among tourists, thanks to the spectacular viewpoint known as Umagase, which commands a clear, unobstructed view of the Pacific Ocean. The rocks have been eroded to the point where they're shaped like a cross when seen by air.
     
  • The area along the cape has been called the Nippo Kaigan Quasi-National Park since 1974. Its coastal setting has a wild feel to it, so those who really long to get in touch with their inner Poseidon will enjoy many hours here gazing at the sea.

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