Tens of thousands of rugby fans are about to converge on Japan for RWC 2019 and for those heading to Oita, on the island of Kyushu, the ancient shrine of Usa Jinga is a must-see.
Japan is home to approximately 110,000 shrines, of which around 40,000 represent Hachiman, the deity that is said to bring good fortune in battle. Usa Jingu is the head of this group of Hachiman shrines, dating back to the 8th century, and rugby fans will be lining up to pray for their teams’ good fortune, imitating the prayers of the ancient samurai.
Luckily, there’s an exclusive free bus tour available to visiting fans, offering a nice dose of culture to break up the non-stop rugby action.
The Surefire Victory Bus Tour
Usa City will conduct FREE bus tours from Oita station on the 4th, 8th and 10th of October.
Departing from Oita Station, the Surefire Victory Bus Tour will bring you straight to Usa City. The tour not only covers Usa Jingu, but also the cultural sites in the area, offering an experience unlike any other. And best of all, this tour is completely free of charge (excluding meals) and offers three different tour types. Along with Usa Jingu, each tour takes you to unique destinations and experiences, including a visit to a local winery (Ajimu Budoushu Koubou), the Yokkaichi Doll Painting Experience, or the incredible Daizenji Temple.
Check out the following link for more information and be sure to book your spot: https://bit.ly/2lwis7R
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