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Miyazaki

A seasonal cold wind-free, temperate and bright southern country of Japan The Nichinan Kaigan Coast facing the Pacific Ocean with a beautiful coastline
Situated in the southeastern part of Kyushu, Miyazaki fronts the Sea of Hyuga in the Pacific Ocean in the east and is surrounded by mountains on the other three sides. The north-to-west area bordering Oita and Kumamoto contains the Kiri-shima mountainous district. There are the Wani-tsuka and Udo mountainous districts in the southern area contiguous to Kagoshima. These mountains are a barrier to the seasonal wind in winter to keep the climate of Miyazaki mild, together with the effect of the warm Pacific current.

The prefecture boasts many shrines involved with the birth-myth of Japan, such as the Miyazaki-jingu Grand Shrine sacred to the Emperor Jinmu, supposedly the first Emperor of Japan. They also include the Amano-iwato-jinja Shrine and the Takachiho-jinja Shrine known for the Yokagura of Takachiho in which thirty-three numbers of nocturnal Shinto music and dancing are dedicated every year to the shrine from November into the following February by way of thanksgiving for the fall's harvest and praying for the next year's abundant crop.

The Nichinan Kaigan Coast facing the Pacific Ocean with a beautiful coastline contains places of natural beauty, like Ao-shima and Cape Toi-misaki. Also, on the Hitotsuba Beach of Miyazaki City are the Ocean Dome, a 700-hectare all-weather indoor water park, and the Miyazaki Sea Gaia, a comprehensive resort complex complete with a wildlife park, golf courses, and a hotel.

Getting there
An hour and 45 minutes to Miyazaki Airport from Tokyo Haneda Airport, and 1 hour and 5 minute from Osaka Itami Airport. Ten minutes from Miyzaki Airport to Miyazaki Station by JR Miyazaki Airport Line.
 

  • Ebino-kogen Plateau
    The first National Park to be designated Enjoying a view from the highest peak of the Kirishima Mountains
    Ebino-kogen Plateau, situated in the southwestern part of Miyazaki Prefecture, is a volcanic zone. It is located on the border between Miyazaki and Kagoshima Prefectures, and belongs to Kirishima-Yaku National Park, which was the first to be designated as a national park. On the north of the highland, 1,200 meters above sea level, surrounded by mountains such as Mt. Karakuni-dake and Mt. Koshiki-dake, there are crater lakes such as Lake Byakushi-ike and Lake Fudo-ike, and clouds of steam rise everywhere, which is known as one of the best hot spring resorts in the prefecture.

    The entrance to Ebino-kogen is the starting point for a tour of the lakes and climbing Mt. Karakuni-dake, and here, too, is the Ebino Visitor Center, where various materials are displayed such as the ecology and distribution of alpine animals and plants, and a miniature display of the Plateau. Mt. Karakuni-dake, 1,700 meters above sea level, is the highest of the Kiri-shima Mountains. It has a large crater 900 meters in diameter and 300 meter in depth, and commands a distant view of South Korea. That is why it was named Karakuni-dake, because South Korea is called Karakuni in the vernacular Japanese of this region. Along the mountain trails, you can enjoy the sight of wild azaleas in early summer, pampas grass in fall, and snow-covered trees in winter, for each season.

    Getting there
    Miyazaki Airport is 1 hour 45 minutes from Tokyo Haneda Airport, and 1 hour 5 minutes from Osaka Itami Airport or Kansai International Airport. Miyazaki Station is 10 minutes from Miyazaki Airport by the JR Miyazaki-kuko Line. Kokura Station is 4 hours 35 minutes from Tokyo Station by the JR Tokaido and Sanyo Shinkansen Line, and 2 hours 20 minutes from Shin-Osaka Line. Miyazaki Station is 5 hours 10 minutes from Kokura Station by the JR Nippo Honsen Line. Kobayashi Station is 1 hour 40 minutes from Miyazaki Station by the JR Nippo Honsen Kitto Line Limited Express. Then take a bus from Kobayashi Station to Ebino-kogen, which takes about 50 minutes.

     

  • Cape Toi-misaki
    Watching wild horses grazing - The lighthouse commanding a distant view of the O-sumi-hanto Peninsula
    Cape Toi-misaki, located in the south of Miyazaki Prefecture, is a cape at the east end of Shibushi Bay which is in the southernmost part of the Nichinan-kaigan Coast. Gentle hills extend, and you can observe wild horses, called Misaki-uma, living and grazing there. It is said that Misaki-uma are the descendants of army horses left grazing and which became wild 300 years ago. They are now designated as a natural monument of the country. At Horse House in the Toi-misaki Visitor Center, the ecology and living circumstances of Misaki-uma are displayed on panels.

    On the cliff, 225 meters above sea level, Toi-misaki Lighthouse stands, which commands a distant view as far as the O-sumi-hanto Peninsula on a fine day. At the top of the cape, Misaki-jinja Shrine stands at the end of the cape, which is known as the god of a talisman against sea disaster and for matchmaking. The cycads grow wild there.

    Toi-misaki-himatsuri Fire Festival is held every summer. A huge pine tree, 20 meters tall, wound around with straw, symbolizes a big snake, and torches are thrown from below at the mouth of it. The scene of the fire of the torches flying about against the night sky is stirring and attractive.

    Getting there
    Miyazaki Airport is 1 hour 45 minutes from Tokyo Haneda Airport, and 1 hour 5 minutes from Osaka Itami Airport or Kansai-International Airport. Miyazaki Station is 10 minutes from Miyazaki Airport by the JR Miyazaki kuko Line. Kokura is 4 hours 35 minutes from Tokyo Station by the JR Tokaido and Sanyo Shinkansen Line, and 2 hours 20 minutes from Shin-Osaka Station. Miyazaki Station is 5 hours 30 minutes from Kokura Station by the JR Nippo Honsen Line. Kushima Station is 2 hours 10 minutes from Miyazaki Station by the JR Nichinan Line. Toi-misaki Kanko Hotel Mae is 40 minutes from Kushima Station.

     

  • Hyuga
    The cape with exposed rocks and natural good harbor - Town with mud walls and stone pavements remaining
    Hyuga is a bay city, located in the northern part of Miyazaki Prefecture and facing the Hyuga-nada Sea. The city has been thriving as the gateway in Kyushu to the sea. The whole area along Cape Hyuga-misaki with its many exposed rocks is designated as the Nippo-Kaigan Quasi-National Park, on the south of which beach resorts are spotted, such as Ise-ga-hama and Okura-ga-hama. Hoso-jima is a natural good harbor, and has been thriving since days of old.

    Umagase at the top of Cape Hyuga-misaki is a precipitous cliff of pillar-like rocks, towering as high as 70 meters, and commands an excellent view of the waves below breaking against the rocks on both sides of the water way and sending up sprays of water, 200 meters long and 10 meters wide. A pleasure boat is available to enjoy the sight, and you can get a fine view of beautiful rocks and beaches from off the coast.

    The Mimitsu area in the city is designated a National Important Preservation District for Groups of Historic Buildings, and there remain much of the atmosphere of the 19th century, including buildings of old times, earthen walls, and stone pavements. There are some points worthy of note you can observe inside, including the Hyuga City History and Folk Museum (used to be a shipping agency), the Mimitsu-Machinami (Street) Center (used to be a townspeople's house), and the Mimitsu Street Center (used to be a shop dealing in fabrics for kimono). Mimitsu is a port town having an old history, and also said to be the spot of a legend that Emperor Jinmu, the first emperor, embarked from here for Nara to unify the nation.

    Getting there
    Miyazaki Airport is 1 hour 45 minutes from Tokyo Haneda Airport, and 1 hour 5 minutes from Osaka Itami Airport or Kansai International Airport. Miyazaki Station is 10 minutes from Miyazaki Airport by the JR Miyazaki-kuko Line. Kokura Station is 4 hours 35 minutes from Tokyo Station by the JR Tokaido and Sanyo Shinkansen Line, and 2 hours 20 minutes from Shin-Osaka Station. Hyuga-shi Station is 4 hours 25 minutes from Kokura Station by the JR Nippo Honsen Line Limited Express.

     

  • Miyazaki
    Bright town with a southern resort atmosphere - World's biggest water park
    Miyazaki is located in the central part of Miyazaki Prefecture and is the rail terminal city for southeastern Kyushu as well as the administrative and economic center of the prefecture. Due to the mild weather, phoenix trees and palm trees can be seen everywhere, which gives it the atmosphere of a bright southern resort. The place to see in the city is Miyazaki-jingu Shrine, built deep in the woods, with a Torii gate (shrine gate) made from simple, plain wood. It is a very unique shrine as it is built only with cedar. Heiwadai-koen Park is to the northwest of the shrine. Sixty meters above sea level, the park commands a superb view of the city and the Hyuga-nada Sea.

    Tachibana-dori Street on the west side of JR Miyazaki Station is the city's main street. Prefectural government offices, banks, department stores and souvenir shops line the street and it is always crowded with shoppers.

    Northeast of the city, on Hitotsuba-kaigan Beach, stands Sea Gaia, the world's biggest indoor water park that covers an area of 700 hectares. A golf course, tennis courts, Miyazaki City Phoenix Zoo, and the World Convention Center Summit that provides halls for international conventions are in the park. Hotels, cottages and condominiums are also part of the facility. There is a free shuttle bus between the facilities.

    Getting there
    From Tokyo Haneda Airport, 1 hour 45 minutes to Miyazaki Airport. From Osaka Itami Airport or Kansai International Airport, 1 hour 5 minutes. From Miyazaki Airport, 10 minutes to Miyazaki Station by the JR Miyazaki-kuko Line.

     

  • Nichinan-kaigan Coast
    The southernmost saw-toothed coastline in Japan - Roadside phoenixes and hibiscuses
    Nichinan-kaigan Coast, located in the southern part of Miyazaki Prefecture, is the southernmost saw-toothed coastline in Japan, extending about 100 kilometers from Ao-shima Island to Cape Toi-misaki. Besides Oni-no-Sentakuita (the ogre's washboard), which spreads around Ao-shima Island, and Udo-jingu Shrine, which stands inserted in a cave with the sea for a background, there are scenic spots dotted here and there, including the Cactus-Herb Garden and a recreation park, Kodomo-no-kuni. On the Nichinan coastlines facing the blue sea of the southern country, Washington robsta and hibiscuses are planted, which makes the motorway one of the prettiest in Kyushu.

    Ao-shima Island, located in the northernmost part of Nichinan-Kaigan Quasi-National Park, is a tiny island with a circumference of 1.5 kilometers, with 3,000 betel palm trees and 27 kinds of subtropical plants growing. Around the island, tens and hundreds of wavy rocks, called Oni-no-Sentakuita, draw stripe patterns, which show up at low tide.

    Horikiri-toge Pass, one of the best observation spots on the Nichinan Coast, is a scenic spot commanding the grandeur of Hyuga Sea, from which you can get a fine view of Oni-no-Sentakuita below being washed by the water, as well as of the flowers of phoenixes and hibiscuses.

    Getting there
    Miyazaki Airport is 1 hour 45 minutes from Tokyo Haneda Airport, and 1 hour 5 minutes from Osaka Itami Airport or Kansai International Airport. Miyazaki Station is 10 minutes from Miyazaki Airport by the JR Miyazaki-kuko Line. Kokura Station is 4 hours 35 minutes from Tokyo Station by the JR Tokaido and Sanyo Shinkansen Line, and 2 hours 20 minutes from Shin-Osaka Station. Kokura Station is 5 hours 10 minutes from Miyazaki Station by the JR Nippo Honsen Line. Ao-shima Station is 30 minutes, and Aburatsu Station is 1 hour 25 minutes each from Miyazaki Station by the JR Nichinan Line.

     

  • Saitobaru
    Scattered kofun, or burial mounds, from around the 4th to 6th century - Torch parade and fire festival on a huge stage
    Saito, located in the central part of Miyazaki, was the center of the Hyuga-no-kuni province, now Miyazaki Prefecture, through to the Middle Ages. In the western part of the city is Saitobaru Kofun-gun, or the burial mounds area, where more than 300 kofun are scattered about, forming one of the largest group of kofun in Japan. There are also other historical sites such as Hyuga Kokubun-ji Temple, one of the oldest temples in Miyazaki, and Tsuma-jinja Shrine.

    Saitobaru Kofun-gun was constructed between the 4th and the 6th century. It is unique for the variety of shapes including round, keyhole and rectangular, among many others, and was designated a National Historical Site in 1952. The Kofun-matsuri Festival is held every fall. A torch parade and fire festival take place around a group of kofun, and visitors are welcome to join the festival.

    Walking paths have been set out among the kofun and the fields where cherry blossoms, azalea, hagi (Japanese bush clover) and seasonal flowers greet people. It is a very popular place for those who love the flowers of the season.

    Getting there
    From Tokyo Haneda Airport, 1 hour 45 minutes to Miyazaki Airport. From Osaka Itami Airport or Kansai International Airport, 1 hour 5 minutes. From Miyazaki Airport, 10 minutes to Miyazaki Station by the JR Miyazaki-kuko Line. From Miyazaki Station, 1 hour by bus to Saitobaru-eigyo-sho bus stop.

     

  • Takachiho-kyo Gorge
    Waterfalls on the precipitous cliff - A village of myth, known for its yo-kagura, traditional sacred music and dancing
    Takachio is located in the northwestern part of Miyazaki Prefecture, and in the center of the Kyushu mountain areas. The town borders on Oita and Kumamoto prefectures, through which the Gokase-gawa River flows. Takachiho-kyo Gorge is a V-shaped gorge, created by the Gokase-gawa River having eroded the Aso lava. The precipitous cliffs with their red tint rise up on both sides of the gorge extending for a long distance. Manai-no-taki Falls, 17 meters high, is a popular highlight for the clouds of spray that rise up from the falling water. The gorge is laid out with promenades about 600 meters long alongside, being decorated with mountain cherry blossoms and the flowers of Japanese azaleas and wisterias from spring till early summer, and with red and yellow leaves in autumn. Thus you can enjoy fine views of four seasons.

    Takachiho is a spot associated with the myths and legends of the foundation of the nation. There are many interesting sightseeing spots in connection with the myths dotted here and there, including Takachiho-jinja Shrine, Kunimi-ga-oka Hill, and Amano-iwato-jinja Shrine. At Takachiho-jinja Shrine in the evening, you can enjoy the yo-kagura which has been handed down from generation to generation in this district. Kagura is traditional sacred music and dancing dedicated to the gods. The Chichibu cedar estimated to be 800 years of the age, towering in the precincts, is splendid. The top of Kunimi-ga-oka Hill commands an excellent view of Takachiho City and the mountains surrounding it.

    Getting there
    Miyazaki Airport is 1 hour 45 minutes from Tokyo Haneda Airport, and 1 hour 5 minutes from Osaka Itami Airport or Kansai International Airport. Miyazaki is 10 minutes from Miyazaki Airport by the JR Miyazaki-kuko Line. Kokura Station is about 4 hours 35 minutes from Tokyo Station by the JR Tokaido and Sanyo Shinkansen Line, and 2 hours 20 minutes from Shin-Osaka Station. Nobeoka Station is 3 hours 40 minutes from Kokura Station by the JR Nippo Line Limited Express. Takachiho Station is 1 hour 20 minutes from Nobeoka Station by the Takachiho-Tetsudo Line.

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