Cape Toi Area都井岬エリア
Wild horses graze in a pastoral setting. A lighthouse that commands views of the O-sumi-hanto Peninsula.
Cape Toi, located in the south of Miyazaki Prefecture, is a cape at the east end of Shibushi Bay, which is in the southernmost part of the Nichinan-kaigan Coast. Gentle hills extend, and you can observe wild horses, called Misaki-uma, living and grazing there. It is said that the Misaki-uma are the descendants of army horses left grazing and which became wild 300 years ago. They are now designated as a natural monument. At the Horse House in the Toi-misaki Visitor Center, information about the ecology and living circumstances of the Misaki-uma is displayed on panels.
On the cliff, 250 meters above sea level, the Toi-misaki Lighthouse stands, from which, on a clear day, you can see as far as the O-sumi-hanto Peninsula. At the top of the cape, Misaki Shrine stands at the end of the cape, which is known as the talisman of a god that protects people from sea disasters and aids in matchmaking. Cycads grow wild there.
The Toi-misaki Fire Festival is held every summer. A huge pine tree, 30 meters tall, wound around with straw, symbolizes a big snake, and torches are thrown from below at the tree's mouth. The scene of the fire of the torches flying about against the night sky is breath-taking.
From Tokyo :
[Air] 1h 45 min from Haneda to Miyazaki Airport, and 10 min from the airport to Miyazaki Station by JR Miyazaki Airport Line.
[Rail] 4h 35 min from Tokyo to Kokura Station by JR Tokaido-Sanyo Shinkansen Line, and 5h from Kokura to Miyazaki Station by JR Nippo Line. 2h 20 min from Miyazaki to Kushima Station by JR Nichinan Line, and 40 min from Kushima Station to Toi-misaki Kanko Hotel-mae.
From Osaka :
[Air] 1h 5 min from Itami or Kansai International Airport to Miyazaki Airport.
[Rail] 2h 20 min from Shin-Osaka to Kokura Station by Shinkansen.