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  • Udo-jingu Shrine
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    4.5
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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.

    A beautiful Shrine built on a cliff by the ocean. If travel by public bus, do take note that there is lots of steps and takes about 15 mins to the main entrance of the shrine. Put on your most...

  • Takachiho-jinja Shrine
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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.

    You can visit this place as this is on the way to Takachiho Gorge.From Takachiho Bus Center, the road keeps on going down slightly to the shrine and then you need to walk downwards on a long and...

  • Aoshima Jinja
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    Miyazaki Pref. Miyazakishi Aoshima 2-13-1
    Located in the center of Aoshima Island, this Shinto shrine is dedicated to Hori no mikoto, Toyotama-hime no mikoto, and Shiozutsu no ookami, known in widely in Japan through the Japanese myth called “Yamasachihiko, Umisahihiko.” The shrine’s grounds are the entire island of Aoshima, a designated Special Natural Monument; in ancient times, the general public was prohibited from setting foot on the sacred grounds of the island. Worshippers were freely allowed to visit the island starting in the Meiji period, and today it is visited by many asking for luck in love and marriage, easy childbirth, safe travels, and safety while driving. The grounds are lush with tropical plants and a distinct, equatorial pervades the island. A 10-minute walk from Aoshima Station.
  • Amanoiwato Jinja
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    337 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.

    Easy to get to by car or bus and part of Miyazaki's Mythical Road. The shrine is tucked away and sits next to a giant tree- which was losing its yellow leaves when I visited, would recommend a trip...

  • Miyazaki-jingu Shrine
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    215 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.

    The shrine is set in the wooded grounds of the Prefectural Museum. We were lucky enough to be there on 26 October for annual festival which ends with a procession through the city with plenty of...

  • Minkaen
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    Miyazaki Pref. Miyazakishi Jingu 2-4-4
    A part of the Miyazaki Prefectural Museum of Nature and History, the Minkaen, a collection of historic private homes, is the location of Important Cultural Properties such as the Former Fujita Residence and the Former Kuroki Residence. The buildings show what Japan’s ancient thatched roof houses looked like and were moved here from Gokase-cho in the northwestern area of Miyazaki Prefecture.
  • Miyazaki Science Center
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    56 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.

    Located just behind Miyazaki JR station (east exit) is the Science Center of Miyazaki. Easy to find since they put a huge rocket in front of it which is towering high above the surrounding area. The...

  • Hyuga Shinwakan
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    Miyazaki Pref. Miyazakishi Aoshima 2-13-1
    Japan’s first wax figure museum dedicated to Japanese myths located on the grounds of Aoshima Jinja. The museum presents 12 segments from Japanese myths in an easy to understand way using 30 wax figures, including the descent of the sun goddess; the story “Yamasachihiko, Umisahihiko,” which relates to the deities the shrine is dedicated to; and the conquest of Japan by Emperor Jinmu. The museum also displays wax figures of the Seven Gods of Fortune and former Yomiuri Giants baseball coach Shigeo Nagashima, who frequently went camping in Miyazaki.

    青島神社にあります。神話の説明もよくしてくだしいました。青島まで歩くときの砂浜がとても気持ちよかったです。風が強いので吹き飛ばされそうでした。

  • Saitobaru Archeological Museum of Miyazaki Prefecture
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    Miyazaki Pref. Saitoshi Miyake Saito Hara west 5670
    A museum located in the Saitobaru Tomb Area, a collection of some of Japan’s oldest tombs. Now a designated Special Historic Landmark Park, the area is dotted with over 300 tombs. The museum displays artefacts from the tombs and visitors can learn about the formation of the geography of southern Kyushu and the mysteries of the tombs from a diverse array of materials. The Ancient Life Interactive Center’s hands on exhibits, where visitors can ake a hands-on class about making haniwa and dogu clay figures, is particularly popular. From the third-floor restaurant, you can enjoy a cup of tea while gazing out over the Saitobaru Tomb Area, famed for its seasonal blossoms, particularly its cherries in spring.
  • Obi Castle Ruins
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    40 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 loved this museum as the exhibits are exquisite - beautiful and richly detailed. It's only small but it's well worth popping in to. i obeyed the signs and didn't take any photos even though I was...

  • Cape Toi Visitor Center (The House of Horses)
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    Miyazaki Pref. Kushimashi Ono 42-1
    This is a science museum in Kushima City, home to Misaki horses. The museum displays models that visitors can see a glimpse of the world through a horse-eye view, the history of the connection between people and horses, the food chain, and a diorama of Cape Toi. Visitors can also enjoy images of nature and the Misaki horse at the 120-inch theater and also the view overlooking the Pacific Ocean. As well as being able to experience making a decorative strap for your phone or keyring from cycad cones, locally grown mango and hyuganatsu citrus, and confectionaries are also available.
  • Tsuno-jinja Shrine
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    Miyazaki Pref. Koyuguntsunochou Kawakita 13294
    This is a shrine located in Tsuno Town, Koyu County. The shrine has a very long history, as it was founded six years before of the enthronement of Emperor Jimmu, who was the first emperor of Japan and Onamuchi-no-mikoto is the main deity. The god Daikoku-sama is enshrined here so it is said that the shrine is good for marriage and flourishing posterity, healing illness, and prosperity in business. There are festivals in August and December. A mikoshi (portable shrine) is paraded around in the summer festival in August, and Kagura (Shinto music and dancing) is performed in the winter festival in December.
  • Aya Castle
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    Miyazaki Pref. Higashimorokatagunayachou Kitamata 1012
    This is the site of a mountain castle in Higashimorokata County, Miyazaki Prefecture. The castle has been reconstructed using local timber and now stands on the castle site. There is a “History Museum” in the castle exhibiting displays of the history of Aya, swords and armor. “Aya International Craft Castle” is also on the site, and it offers traditional Aya craft products, as well as hands-on pottery, hand weaving and dyeing classes.
  • Aratate-jinja Shrine
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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.
  • Kanematsu Honen Shrine
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    Miyazaki Pref. Ebinoshi Kurishita 757-10
    "“Honen”, known as a heavy drinker of shochu Japanese liquor and strong Buddhism power is enshrined at this shrine. It is also known as “Shochu Honen” or “Ichigon Saa”. The shrine is visited by many worshipers and large festivals are held every spring and autumn equinox. During the ""Kanematsu Honen Festival"", drum dances and other local folk entertainment are performed."
  • Kushifuru Shrine
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    Miyazaki Pref. Nishiusukiguntakachihochou Mitai 713
    This shrine is said to be the where the grandson of the sun goddess descended to earth, and worships the deity of Kushifuru-no-mine. Originally, it was the sacred mountain of Kushifuru, but now it is dedicated to the main deity of “Ninigi-no-Mikoto, the grandchild of Amaterasu”. In addition, sumo wrestling is performed as part of Shinto harvest festivities on the 16th of October every year during the autumn Thanksgiving Festival.
  • Misaki-jinja Shrine
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    Kasama City, Miyazaki Prefecture
    This shrine is located at the very end of Cape Toi and is said to have been established in 708. It is worshipped by those in the fishing and shipping industries and is known as the god of marriage and safety at sea. The shrine is located in a precipitous cliff, and the surrounding area is a natural forest of cycads, designated nationally as a special natural monument.
  • Eda Shrine
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    58 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."

    Hard to find, but very peaceful power spot in Miyazaki. It is said that it is the birthplace of many legends.

  • Miyazaki Prefectural Art Museum
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    3.5
    27 Reviews
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    Miyazaki Pref. Miyazakishi Funatsuka 3-210
    This museum is located on the premises of the Miyazaki Prefecture General Culture Park known for its collection of Ei-Kyu, an artist from Miyazaki Prefecture. In addition to artists connected to Miyazaki, the museum also has a collection of famous overseas artists such as Picasso and Signac, and holds related events.

    宮崎市内にある宮崎県立美術館です。 立派で美しい美術館です。 なんとこちら常設展は無料です。 ピカソ、ルオー、スーラ等があります。 展示数は少ないですが名画揃いです。 受付の女性がまた親切にバスでの帰り方を親切に教えて下さいました。

  • Kirishima Higashi-jinja Shrine
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    Kamogawa Kogenmachi Nishihara Prefecture Miyazaki Prefecture
    This shrine is located about 500 meters above sea level in Takaharu Town, Nishimorokata County, Miyazaki Prefecture. The shrine enshrines the deities of Izanagi-no-mikoto and Izanami-no-mikoto and is also famous for one of “Kirishima Rokusha Gongen”. There are spiritual spots in the forest surrounded precinct such as the dragon spring “Oshihoi”, located near the Torii Gate, and the Sakaki sapling next to the main hall.

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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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