History / Culture / Tour Spots in Miyazaki Area

  • 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.

    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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    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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    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.

  • 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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    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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    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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    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...

  • 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...

  • Obi Castle Historical Museum
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    49 Reviews
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    Miyazaki Pref. Nichinanshi Obi 10
    This museum of history located on the site of the ruins of the Obi castle can be entered with an admission fee. The museum displays about 220 valuable items such as historical items related to the Obi clan, the armor and swords of Ito Suketaka and Yamada Munemasa, warlords from the Warring States period, including those donated by the Ito family. The museum is visited by many tourists from both home and abroad.

    We loved this museum as the exhibits are exquisite - beautiful and richly detailed. Its only small but its well worth popping in to. i obeyed the signs and didnt take any photos even though I was...

  • Saitobaru Archeological Museum of Miyazaki Prefecture
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    43 Reviews
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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.

    If you are interested in history or archeology or you just want to know more about the tombs here, this is the place you have to go. The museum is equipped with tablets which show all the description...

  • 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.
  • Tsumakirishima Shrine
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    28 Reviews
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    Miyazaki Pref. Miyakonojoushi Takazakichoutsumagirishima 1560
    This shrine, located in Miyakonojo City, Miyazaki Prefecture, is famous as one of “Kirishima Rokusha Gongen” and enshrines the deity of “Izanagi-no-mikoto”. It is believed that your wishes will come true if you climb the “Oni Iwa Stairs” that continue after going through the torii gate without looking back. It is also said that the large approximately 1,000-year old camphor tree is a spiritually healing spot and is visited by many worshippers.

    This shrine is packed with cute and fun thigns to see. Most of the things are signs of the gods presence. There are some really tall and original old stone steps up to the main part of the shrine...

  • Miyazaki Prefectural Art Museum
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    31 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.

    宮崎神宮近くの県立文化公園内のうちの1つです。 常設展は無料で観覧できますが、特別展などは有料になります。 広いエントランスで、建物自体も良い。中にはソファもあり疲れたら休むこともできます。小さいですが売店もあります。 正面にはアート関連の大きな庭と噴水、裏手の方は菖蒲園のある芝生の公園があり、散策するととても気持ちがいいです。 駐車場もありますが、文化施設のためのというより公園利用者のための駐...

  • Aya International Craft Castle
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    29 Reviews
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    Miyazaki Higashimorokata-gun Ayacho Kitamata 1012
    This traditional crafts facility is located in Aya Town, a town known for its handmade crafts. The facility displays handmade crafts from the town and also holds craft making activities such as fabric dying and pottery making. Aya Town continues to preserve and maintain a culture of traditional crafts, and this facility was built with the aim of passing on traditional crafts, made by the hands of experienced craftspeople, to future generations. The facility consists of an all-wood crafts display hall standing in a corner of the grounds, and two crafts buildings, and these are used to display and sell crafts and hold pottery making and fabric dyeing classes. The facility also serves as a gallery and is used for solo exhibitions and design research and development.

    島津藩の外城めぐりをしていて、この綾城も島津の軍門に降った歴史があります。いろいろな物を展示したり即売したりしていますが、やはり完全に復元された城そのものに興味がわきます。木の匂いのする天守閣からの眺めは気持ちいいものです。で、そのあとは城の北側に往時を彷彿させる武家屋敷群にクルマを走らせました。

  • Komura Memorial Hall
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    Miyazaki Nichinan-shi Obi 4-2-20-1
    This international exchange center is located just beyond the Main gate of Obi Castle. The hall was built to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the death of Komura Jutaro, a man who served as Minister of Foreign Affairs twice during the Meiji period and brought about the end of the Russo-Japanese War by signing the Treaty of Portsmouth in 1905. Inside the spacious hall, visitors can learn about his early life and activities as a diplomat. Replete with a 200-seat large conference room and 40-seat small conference room as well as simultaneous interpretation facilities, the hall is used for international exchange and cultural events.

    小村寿太郎記念館は飫肥城の大手門の少し手前位にありました。正式な施設の名前は「国際交流センター小村記念館」(竣工平成4年11月)となってました。展示資料を見ると、すごい人みたいでした。

  • Tsuma Shrine
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    21 Reviews
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    Miyazaki Saito-shi Tsuma 1
    "A 10-minute drive or three kilometers from the Saito Interchange on the Higashi-Kyushu Expressway. Dedicated to the princess goddess Konohanasakuya-hime-no-Mikoto, the shrine's name appears in ancient ""Shoku Nihon Koki"" Japanese history text, as well as in the register of shrines in the ancient ""Engishiki"" law book. According to legend, Ninigi-no-Mikoto fell in love with the princess at first site and held a wedding ceremony, thus becoming known as a god of love and marriage, while the princess safely gave birth to triplets and in turn became known as a goddess of safe childbirth and childrearing. During the Koisai Festival held on July 7th, the wedding ceremony is recreated in an unusual ritual which has been conducted continuously for around five hundred years."

    This shrine is very beautiful and has a special atmosphere. Tsuma Shrine is popular among ladies since the god of the shrine is believed that marriage tie and love knot come true. If you dont...

  • Sano Shrine
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    19 Reviews
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    Miyazaki Pref. Nishimorokataguntakaharuchou Kamamuta 117
    A Shinto shrine which records state was established in the land where Emperor Jinmu was born during the reign of Japan's fifth emperor, Emperor Kosho. According to one theory, it is the oldest shrine in the old castle town area. The shrine is primarily dedicated to Emperor Jinmu and derives its name from his childhood name (Sano-no-Mikoto). The approach to the shrine, lined with beautiful cedar trees, is said to be the longest perfectly straight shrine road in the country. The shrine was later relocated to its current location, and it is believed that the Ojibaru Shrine subordinate shrine, which is located around a kilometer west and enshrines a stone said to grant worshippers safe childbirth, is located where Sano Shrine originally stood.

    Sano is one of the bigger shrines in the area and a lovely spot to visit and re-energize. The long path leading to the main gate goes through the forest, and it looks like its sliced right out of a...

  • Miyakonojo Shimazu Residence
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    10 Reviews
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    Miyazaki Pref. Miyakonojoushi Hayasuzuchou 18-5
    "This is a historical building located in Miyakonojo City, Miyazaki Prefecture and is designated as a ""registered tangible cultural property"" of Japan. In the park is the “Miyakonojo Shimazu Denshokan Museum” which exhibits historical material regarding the Shimazu family. Visitors can also inspect inside the house. Nearby is “Sekino Onotaki Waterfall” and hot spring facilities. The area is popular with many tourists."

    島津氏といえば鹿児島のイメージですが、宮崎県都城もゆかりの地だそうです。なぜかというと、鹿児島にあった島津家が、都城に移ったからです。邸宅敷地内には、伝承館という博物館のような建物や、カフェもあります。

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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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