Southeastern Miyazaki Prefecture - If you can drag yourself away from the stunning coastal scenery afforded to road-trippers following Route 220 south of surf town Aoshima, you should hang a right somewhere around the town of Aburatsu.
A few kilometers inland from here is the castle town of Obi, and if there could be a finer place for a relaxing stroll, we'd like to hear about it.
Obi hit its stride some time during the 16th century. These days though, well, when we visited in the peak of summer a couple of year back, we loved the combination of castle town vibes (including the castle itself - and attached museum) and its samurai residences, all decorated with tropical plants and an air heavy with tropical languor. Can't wait to go back some day!
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