After purchasing your Stamp Passport at the Usuki Tourism and Community Plaza, your first destination is Usuki Yasaka-jinja Shrine, known for its Gion Festival. The route from the castle town to Mt. Koya along the beautiful Nioza Historical Road is a course full of blessings where you can also enjoy viewing temple treasures as you collect your stamps.
With a view of Tsukumi Island in Usuki Bay to your right, the tour continues through a diverse seaside landscape of fishing ports, shipyards, and aquaculture fish nurseries. There are several points of interest along this route, including numerous memorial towers where the fishermen in Usuki stop and pray as signs of the value they place on life, and the roots of the name of Usuki.
The town of Notsu is said to have been home to more than 5,000 Christians in the Middle Ages. This route’s numerous historical Christian sites, the tranquil countryside, and the greenery of the mountains will refresh your spirit. Come and experience green tourism (a homestay in a rural village), country-style cooking, and interactions with people that will put a smile on your face.