Spots in Miyazaki Area

  • Takachiho-jinja Shrine
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    4.0
    460 Reviews
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    Miyazaki Pref. Nishiusukiguntakachihochou Mitai 1037
    The head shrine of the 88 Shrines of Takachiho Village, it is believed to have been erected around 1900 years ago. The shrine’s principle deities are Takachiho-sumegami and Jisshya-daimyojin and the shrine is believed to answer prayers in particular connected with the agricultural industry, the exorcism of evil, and luck in marriage and love. The shrine’s main building and guardian iron lion-dogs are designated Important Cultural Properties. The shrine is famous for the Yokagura, a ritual involving music and dance dedicated to the gods conducted from mid-November to early February the following year. The Takachiho Kagura, however, a similar dance conducted by performers wearing masks depicting the gods of Japanese myth, is held in the shrine’s kagura hall every night throughout the year at 8 pm; visitors can view this performance by paying a small fee.

    This is a simple shrine where the 8pm performance of Kagura takes place every night. The buildings are dwarfed by tall trees especially the 2 wedded trees; myth says; if you walk with your loved one...

  • Amanoiwato Jinja
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    4.5
    385 Reviews
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    Miyazaki Prefecture Nishiusuki-gun, Takachiho-cho, amano-iwato 1073-1
    This Shinto shrine is dedicated to the myth of Ama-no-Iwato, the cave to be where the sun goddess Amaterasu once hid herself from the world according to the Kojiki, the oldest existing chronicle of Japan. The shrine’s western and eastern main shrine buildings are dedicated to Amaterasu and straddle the Iwato River. After requesting to do so at the shrine office in the western shrine building, visitors can be purified and are then allowed to worship directly before the Ama-no-Iwato cave. In addition, the river bed (Amano-yasugawara) and cave where the innumerable gods and goddesses gathered and discussed what to do after Amaterasu went into hiding, is a 10-minute walk from the Western shrine building along the Iwato River.

    This simple shrine honors the sun goddess, Amasterasu & the cave she hides in during the winter months. In each shrine is a beautiful silver-blue disc representing her power. Every 30 minutes, one of...

  • Miyazaki-jingu Shrine
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    269 Reviews
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    Miyazaki Pref. Miyazakishi Jingu 2-4-1
    A Shinto shrine dedicated to Japan’s first emperor, Emperor Jinmu. Many of the shrine’s buildings are registered as Tangible Cultural Properties, including the main shrine building, which is unusually made with whole cedar logs. The Shinko Festival, a 140 year old festival in which the god of the shrine is paraded outside, is held on a Saturday and a Sunday at the end of October and is one of Miyazaki Prefecture’s top festivals. Oshirafuji, the largest wisteria tree in the country and a designated Natural Monument, stands on the shrine grounds; mid-April is the best time to see it in bloom. A 10-minute walk from JR Miyazaki-Jingu Station.

    When I was living in Miyazaki I cam here when it was extremely hot..July August. Or just to take a walk .Many beautiful trees.green and the right place to welcome the new year.

  • Obi Castle Ruins
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    206 Reviews
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    Miyazaki Pref. Nichinanshi Obi 10-1-2
    These are the ruins of Obi Castle, which served as the residence of the Ito family, lords of the Obi Domain, for the 280 years from 1588 to the early Meiji period. Currently, you can see many things that have been reconstructed and restored in the Showa period (1926-1989) such as the Ote-mon gate and the Edo period (1603-1868) Matsuo-no-Maru residence. In addition, the Obi Castle History Museum is on the premises and exhibits many items and historical materials related to successive lords and their retainers. Besides the Komura Memorial Hall and Merchant Museum, it offers common tickets that can also be used for other paid facilities nearby the castle. It is free to explore the castle ruins.

    We were lucky to have the place practically to ourselves on a gorgeous sunny Christmas Day. It was so peaceful and serene.

  • Horikiri Pass
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    203 Reviews
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    Miyazaki Pref. Miyazakishi Oriuzako
    A spot along the Nichinan Coast from which you can view the Devil’s Washboard (a Natural Monument) and the grandeur of the Pacific Ocean. The green of the phoenix trees and the blue of the ocean create a beautiful contrast in this picturesque expanse reminiscent of the south seas.

    This roadside stop is a good way to gaze over the surrounding coastline. It is just across the road from the Phoenix roadhouse. Watch out for birds of prey soaring along the cliffs.

  • Takachiho Farm
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    116 Reviews
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    Miyazaki Pref. Miyakonojoushi Yoshinomotochou 5265-103
    This is a tourist ranch where visitors can pet small Jersey cows and sheep, milk cows, ride horses, and make sausages. In the wide green fields one can spend a relaxing time with the animals, and the Hitsujigaoka observation deck offers stunning views from the summit of Takachiho to Sakurajima. One can also try fresh milk and delicious mutton and vegetable dishes, making it a popular spot to bring the family.

    Found this spot when surfing web and spend half day there. Have some quick food or a more decent restaurant there. Little shop to sell itself dairy product. Have option to experience to use its...

  • Miyazaki City Phoenix Zoo
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    110 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Miyazaki Pref. Miyazakishi Shioji Hamayama 3083 - 42
    This zoo opened in 1971 and houses 1,600 animals of 80 different kinds. Inside there is an Asian elephant exhibition, African park, camel park, ape house and children’s animal village, and with the various exhibitions, amusement park, restaurants and shops available, one can certainly enjoy the whole day here. During summer the entrance fee also allows visitors to use the 200-meter-long water-slide equipped pool, which is crowded with children every year.

    I stayed at Sheraton Grande Ocean Resort nearby and get to this zoo by free hotel shuttle bus. So it’s easy to get access to. I spent half day (almost 5 hours) from 12:00noon to 5:00pm with my...

  • Takachiho Gorge
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    Miyazaki Pref. Nishiusukiguntakachihochou Mitai Please Shioi
    This gorge owes its roots to pyroclastic flow that was discharged from the Aso caldera due to volcanic activity and flowed down along the Gokasegawa River. These pyroclastic deposits rapidly cooled and formed cliffs of columnar joints, which then experienced years of erosion from the Gokasegawa River, resulting in a V-shaped gorge. The approximately 100-meter high cliffs extend for seven kilometers, and the sunlight that filters through the tall cliffs and various trees above pours down into the clear streams of the river to create a mysterious atmosphere. One of the sights in the area is Manai Falls, a magnificent waterfall with a 17-meter cascade of water which has been selected as one of Japan’s top 100 waterfalls. Visitors can rent a rowboat and look up at the beautiful gradation of light.
  • Phoenix Seagaia Resort
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    160 Reviews
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    Miyazaki Pref. Miyazakishi Yamasakichou Hamayama
    A sprawling resort area facing the Pacific Ocean and surrounded by the natural beauty of a 700 hectare black pine forest extending north and south for 11 kilometers along the east coast of Miyazaki City. There are three hotels at the resort, including the Sheraton Grande Ocean Resort, as well as a world class convention center capable of accommodating up to 5,000 people. The resort offers the ultimate resort experience, including an array of activities which make the most of the beautiful natural environment. Sports facilities include a tennis club and the Phoenix Country Club, a renowned golf course considered one of the three best in Japan and 100 best in the world and which has been the venue for the Dunlop Phoenix Tournament since 1974. The resort's greatest ever renovation project since it first opened was completed in October 2017, and the renewed Seagaia offers value and experiences you'll find no place else, in every aspect from vast, beautiful locations; to facilities and touches which enhance your enjoyment of the same; to stunning hospitality.

    This place appears to have been built in the 1970s. It was high end back then. Not much seems to have changed since then. Mold, mildew, rusty metal that needs painting, sheetrock tape coming...

  • Ogura Main Shop
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    346 Reviews
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    Miyazaki Pref. Miyazakishi Tachibanadorihigashi 3-4-24
    This long-standing Western restaurant opened in 1956, in Miyazaki City, Miyazaki Prefecture. It is one of the restaurants said to have devised the Miyazaki’s specialty Chicken Nanban. The restaurant prides itself on its Chicken Nanban, made with tender chicken breast meat, cooked and immediately covered in sweet vinegar and a homemade tartar sauce. Locals and tourists alike line up to buy it. The old-fashioned interior, styled like a Western town restaurant, is also quite appealing.

    Its a small place in a back Japanese like alley. Huge portions of chicken nanban which is fried chicken thigh. Its incredibly good. Its popular with locals too. You dont need a reservation, but...

  • Roadside Station Nango
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    96 Reviews
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    Miyazaki Pref. Nichinanshi Nangouchounienami 3220-24
    This is a roadside station in Nichinan City. Located in a central area of the Nichinan Coast Quasi-National Park, it provides tourist information regarding Miyazaki, sells special local products and also includes a restaurant. Locally grown fruit such as mango and a variety of citrus are also available for purchase. A limited number of the “mango roll”, with its mango scent, is also available. The restaurant offering a menu using Mediterranean vegetables is also popular.

    Make sure to stop here. The food is tasty and you get a good view. We came here as a group of 5 on a tour down south Miiyazaki. It doesn’t look like much if you drive past, but it is. I drove past...

  • Udo-jingu Shrine
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    Miyazaki Pref. Nichinanshi Miyaura 3232
    This shrine is inside a cave in the side of a cliff facing Hyuganada. It is dedicated to Ugayafukiaezu no Mikoto, the father of Emperor Jimmu, and it is believed to bring people together in romance. The main shrine contains a “reiseki kameishi” (magical turtle stone), and it is said that if you can successfully toss an “undama” (lucky stone) into one of its holes, your wish will come true.
  • Yoshokan
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    86 Reviews
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    Miyazaki Nichinan-shi Obi 9-1-1
    This archetypical samurai residence was built in 1869 by Ito Sukeyori, lord of Obi Domain. The residence was named after a large, several-hundred-year-old camphor tree on the grounds. A yakuimon gate stands at the entrance, and the large grounds are occupied by a main residence, sukiya-zukuri-style teahouse, zosha servants' quarters and storehouse, and kura storehouse. The residence is said to have been one of the most prominent of the samurai residences around Obi Castle. The rock garden sprawling on the south side of the residence was created in the samurai, bugaku-ryu style. The famous garden is one of the best in the entire Kyushu region both in terms of its size and superb state of preservation.

    This historic district was a nice place to wander, explore and enjoy stepping back in time. Nice shops and places to eat too

  • Omi Shrine
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    4.5
    72 Reviews
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    Miyazaki Pref. Hyugashi Hichiya 1
    This shrine stands on the columnar rocks Isegahama beach. It enshrines the deity of Amaterasu sume Omikami, and has long been affectionately called “Hyuga-no- oise-sama”. The famous “Tensho Lion Dance”, performed by locals, is exhibited on the eve of the annual Great Festival held every October each year, and is visited by many worshippers.

    A beautiful place, with gorgeous scenery and rock formations. Nearby is a traditional fishing village which is lovely to saunter around. One gets a real feeling of days gone by. Very relaxing.

  • Aratate-jinja Shrine
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    4.0
    79 Reviews
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    Miyazaki Pref. Nishiusukiguntakachihochou Mitai 667
    According to legend, this is the place where Sarutahiko no Mikoto and Ame no Uzume no Mikoto were married and lived. Because the shrine was hastily made from rough wood, it was given this name. Many people visit this shrine to pray for matchmaking, and because Sarutahiko no Mikoto is a patron god of the arts, it is also visited by entertainers.

    一の鳥居を車でくぐって駐車場に向かいます。 ひっそりと立つお社だけど駐車場はとても広いです。 宮司さんにご祈祷していただきたく事前に電話をしたのですが繋がらず…慣れてる人だとFAXをするそうです。土日は一ヶ月前には予約しないと無理なようです。 ちょうどご祈祷を終わられて本殿から出てこられた宮司さんとお話していたら、次のご祈祷の予約の人が来るまで本殿に上がっていいよ、と言われました。 ご神像からく...

  • Tunnel’s station, Takachiho Tourist Information and Souvenir Hall
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    3.5
    87 Reviews
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    Miyazaki Pref. Nishiusukiguntakachihochou Shimono 2221-2
    This is an undiluted sake storehouse for the Kagura Shuzo brewery, famous for products such as the mugi (barley) shochu Kurouma and soba (buckwheat) shochu Tensho. Originally a tunnel for the Trans-Kyushu railroad, construction was stopped due to flooding but gained new life as a barrel storage facility for shochu due to its unchanging temperature and humidity. Around 1,300 barrels are stored in the 1,115-meter-long tunnel, through which the rich aroma of vapor shochu drifts. At the facility’s tourism center, one can try the stored distilled spirit for free.

    A cool winery, using an old train tunnel to store barrels. Different kinds of wine are available for free tasting. Worth to stop by after visiting the gorge. You may also shop for local omiyage at...

  • Eda Shrine
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    68 Reviews
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    Miyazaki Pref. Miyazakishi Awakigaharachou Birth mother 127
    "This is a shrine known as “the birthplace of misogi (purification)” and ""the birthplace of norito (ritual prayer)”. Many worshipers visit the shrine as a place of healing. The deities of Izanami-no-mikoto and Izanagi-no-mikoto are enshrined here, and the shrine is also known as the mother of the two pillars of Daimyojin and because of this, local residents call the shrine “Yabo-sama”. Eda Kagura (Shinto music and dancing) are performed in dedication every year during the spring and autumn festivals."

    Shrines often hsve a standard layout and it is the location that adds to it. In this case the shrine is located on the ocean which gives it this extra

  • Miyazaki Science Center
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    63 Reviews
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    Miyazaki Pref. Miyazakishi Miyazakiekihigashi 1-2-2
    This science museum has one of the world's largest planetariums. Outside is a 40-meter-tall full-scale mockup of an H1 rocket and inside is a replica of the Apollo 11 Lunar Lander Module. The planetarium shows three shows per day, each approximately 50 minutes long. The shows explore that evening's night sky with explanations from popular characters from space-themed anime. There's also hand on exhibitions, including a simulation where you can try controlling a spaceship, making this a great place to bring kids to. The museum is a two-minute walk from JR Miyazaki Station.

    We visited just the museum, not the observatory. As we knew the ground floor of the museum was devoted to space, we went hoping to learn about the past and current Japanese space programme. We...

  • Ikoma-Kogen Flower Station
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    53 Reviews
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    Miyazaki Pref. Kobayashishi Minaminishikata 8565-28
    The Ikoma Highlands are located in Kobayashi City. Taking in the sweeping views of majestic Mt. Kirishima and the mountains of Kyushu, visitors to the area can also enjoy seasonal flowers such as rapeseed and poppies in spring and cosmos in fall. The shop at this rest area sells Miyazaki gifts and souvenirs like charcoal grilled meats and shochu. The rest area's flavorful coffee brewed with fresh ground beans, and its rich soft serve ice cream are also popular.

    A lovely place to spend a quiet or romantic afternoon if youre in Kobayashi. I went there twice in one day, once to see the cosmos flowers and enjoy a homemade lemonade and once to see the fireworks...

  • Roadside Station Takachiho
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    56 Reviews
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    Miyazaki Pref. Nishiusukiguntakachihochou Mitai 1296-5
    This is a roadside station in Takachiho Town, Nishiusuki County overlooking the “Shinto Takachiho Ohashi Bridge” and “Takachiho Gorge”. Visitors can enjoy shopping and dining as well as obtain tourist information. In the farmer’s market freshly picked vegetables and special local products are available. There is also a restaurant where visitors can taste seasonal produce and the regional specialty, chicken nanban (fried chicken with a sweet and sour sauce).

    We were walking around the city and ended up walking along the hwy and ran into these huge stone faces. There is a little store there and we got some lunch there, nothing fancy but just some energy...

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An unmissable highlight of Kyushu, Miyazaki prefecture satisfies nature lovers with its dramatic gorges cut out of rugged cliffs, leading into waterfalls and beaches of green-blue water popular among surfers. Takachiho Gorge in the north of the prefecture tells a tale of centuries-old Japanese mythology in a fantastic setting, allowing visitors to explore the waters by boat before heading up to the cave at the Awano Iwato Shrine, where the sun goddess was said to have hidden, plunging the world into darkness.

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