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RYUGU SHRINE

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RYUGU SHRINE

The Ryugu Shrine is located at Nagasaki-bana on the southernmost point of the Satsuma Peninsula in Kagoshima Prefecture. The location of the shrine is also said to be the birth location of Urashima Taro, a man who was said to have saved a turtle which then brought him to the undersea palace; the Ryugu-jo (The Palace of the Sea God, Ryujin). The turtle that Taro had saved turned out to be the princess Otohime with whom he stayed for three days. Soon wishing to be returned to his home, the princess with regret let him return to the surface and gave him a small mysterious box called the tamatebako, which she instructed him never to open. Upon arriving home, Taro found that all he had known and all the people in his life had disappeared. Saddened by this he opened the tamatebako bestowed upon him by the princess Otohime, and suddenly he changed into a very old man. During his three days in the undersea palace, three hundred years had passed on the surface. The local Sightseeing Train ”Ibusuki no Tamatebako” is related to the legend of Urashima Taro. This shrine is dedicated to the sea god Ryujin and many turtles come to this location to lay their eggs. Additionally, this shrine is popular for matchmaking and praying for love.

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ADDRESS
Yamagawa-okachiyogamizu, Ibusuki city
AREA
Kagoshima prefecture
Minami-satsuma : Kagoshima prefecture
GENRE

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ACCESS
JR:About 15 minutes drive from Nishi-oyama stashin on the JR Ibusuki-makurazaki line
Other: Take Kagoshima Kotsu Bus at Yamagawa station on the JR Ibusuki-makurazaki line. About three minutes walk from Nagasakibana bus stop
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