Cape Toi Lighthouse and Japanese Wild Horse Misakiuma-Natural Beauty Remaining at Cape Toi

03/14/2020

Misakiuma
Toi around in the Shibushiwan facing the Pacific Ocean of Miyazaki Prefecture Kushima is Cape nature of plenty at the precipice.
Looking at the map, looking at the tengu’s face from the right side, I felt that it was a place like a tip with a nose protruding, but it is a very wonderful nature so that it often appears on TV programs etc. Where there are many.
I enjoyed the contrast between the shoreline and the sea and had a wonderful time.

Cape Toi Lighthouse Sightseeing

The following is Tomisaki Lighthouse (Tomisaki Todai).
There is a lighthouse just a short walk from the parking lot where toilets are fully equipped.

Cape Toi Lighthouse
Located on a scenic cliff at an altitude of 240m, it has been selected as one of the “50 Lighthouses in Japan".

Cape Toi Lighthouse

In July 1945 (Showa 20), during the Pacific War, it was said that the ship was damaged by a U.S. military aircraft attack, but was restored after the war.
Once inside the lighthouse, there is a spiral staircase that allows you to climb up.
Most of the lighthouses are now uninhabited, so recently there are fewer lighthouses where you can see inside.

Cape Toi Lighthouse

According to my research, only 15 places in Japan are now open for general tour inside the lighthouse.
Cape Toi Lighthouse is 200 yen for adults, children can pay a free tour.
Opening hours are from 9:00 to 16:30 in the morning and are open all year round.
It wasn’t clear, but the following sea breeze is waiting for me.

Landscape from Cape Toi

If the weather is fine, the rocket bases at Tanegashima seem to be clearly visible.

Landscape from Cape Toi




Misakiuma

Misaki Horse, a Japanese horse known as the Cape Horse, inhabits this Cape Toi, and has become a national monument as the Cape Horse and its breeding ground.

There are seven native horses in Japan: Hokkaido Japanese horse, Kiso horse, Misaki horse, Taishu horse, Tokara horse, Miyako horse, and Yonaguni horse, one of them.

Until I visited, I thought it was bred under management like a ranch, but it was completely different.
There is a ranch association to protect and manage Misaki Horse, but it is not the purpose of raising horses and making them race horses like Thoroughbreds.
Therefore, there is no “stable" where horses sleep.
No human feed is given.

Approximately 100 Misakiuma live in the great nature of Cape Toi.
No human will be present to help with the mother’s birth.
When Misakiuma is born, she grows up with her mother, eats grass in nature, and sleeps in the forest at night.
Even when they die, they die in nature and do not recover even dead bodies, so they return as bones.
Of course, every year a new life is born, so in that natural cycle, Misakiuma will lead to the future.

At the entrance of the cape, there is a gate so that horses can not go outside, so it is under control in that sense.
However, when Misakiuma is born, he spends his whole life in the warm nature of Cape Toi facing the Hyuga Nada, so that almost no human hands have been added.

Misakiuma
Originally, horses are here for the following reasons.

The Akizuki family, who was moved to Takanabe Castle during the Warring States period and successfully survived the battle of Sekigahara , began collecting horses of Hinata in 1697 in the Edo period and began full-scale training of war horses.
At this time, Akizuki Tanemasa, the lord of the Takanabe feudal lord, opened seven ranch ranches, one of which is Misaki Ranch at Toi Misaki.
It is said that the deputy director of Fukushima (Kushima City) oversaw.
From that time, it seems that the breeding was a natural breeding method without human intervention, but grazing was continued only at Cape Toi.

There are horses everywhere on Cape Toi.
He seems to act in Harlem.

Misakiuma
Many wild animals flee when they find a human, but Misakiuma is not alert to humans.
I was normally on the side of the road, but I think it’s better to say that you aren’t interested in humans, rather than being alert.
It is very quiet, so you can take photos slowly.

Misakiuma

The body height is like a wild-colored pony of about 100cm to 120cm.
It is said that many foals are seen in summer.

However, because it is a wild horse, it is NG to approach it because it seems to be quiet.
Sometimes it can be a bad eye.
Of course, let’s keep manners so that tourists do not carelessly feed or irresponsibly contact horses.
There are wild monkeys as well as horses.

Walking map of Cape Toi
Even if you say that it is at the forefront of Cape Toi, you will go down the road a lot below, but there is Misaki Shrine.

The area around Misaki Shrine is also a colony of about 3000 cycads.

Cycads

I didn’t have a walk because I didn’t have the time, but Monkeys were also acting in the forest.

Transportation to the Cape Toi

Transportation access to Cape Toi is about 2 hours from Miyazaki Airport via National Route 220 to Prefectural Road 448.
It is about 25 minutes from Kushima Station on Prefectural Road 448.

Cape Toi
There is a toll collection place at the fence of the piece stop, and you need to pay 400 yen for one car and 100 yen for one motorcycle as cooperation money.

There is also a Toi Misaki Visitor Center.
The admission fee is 300 yen for adults and 200 yen for elementary and junior high school students. The museum is open from 9 am to 5 pm on Mondays (Tuesday holidays if Monday is a holiday).

Toi Cape also has roads that are up and down, so each move is severe unless it is a car.
Roads are “horse-priority", not car-priority, so be careful when driving around curves.

In Japan, the “natural beauty" that is being forgotten is still left, and the heart will be exhilarating.
If you go to the Nichinan coast , it is highly recommended to go to Udo Jingu and Toi Misaki .
Map of Toi MisakiMap of Toi Misaki Visitor Center