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Nature Spots in Miyazaki Area

  • 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.
  • Aoshima Island
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    Miyazaki Pref. Miyazakishi Aoshima
    Aoshima Island, which has been designated as a National Special Natural Monument, is a small island with a circumference of 1.5 kilometers that is setting of the Umisachi-Yamasachi Legend. Aoshima Jinja Shrine, which is surrounded by the unusual rock formation known as the Devil’s Washboard, enshrines the deities Yamasachihiko, Toyotama-hime, and Shiozutsu no Okami who advised Yamasachihiko to go to the palace of Watatsumi no Kami, and is a popular shrine to pray for matchmaking. The area is inhabited by many spermatophytes and pteridophytes, and is a beautiful small island that still has untouched nature.
  • Devil’s Washboard
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    Miyazaki Pref. Miyazakishi Aoshima
    These are strangely shaped rocks in wavelike formation surrounding Miyazaki Prefecture’s small island of Aoshima. These appeared above the water’s surface due to changes in the undersea rock’s geological features, and their present appearance is a result of erosion from the ocean water. At low tide visitors can enjoy a view of the approximately eight-kilometer shoreline from Aoshima Island to Kinchaku Island in the south. The area was designated a National Natural Monument in 1934.
  • Nippo Kaigan Coast / Okuragahama Beach
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    Miyazaki Pref. Hyugashi Hiraiwa 12298-6
    Approximately a six-minute drive from the Hyuga Interchange, this sandy beach is located on the Nippo coast and includes the southern district of the Nippo Kaigan Quasi-National Park. The white sand beach with green pine trees stretches for four kilometers and was chosen as one of Japan's top 100 beaches and 100 most beautiful white sand and blue pine tree beaches in Japan, and you can not only go swimming at the beach on the southern tip but also what is called a sacred ground for surfing because there are waves year-round. Swimming is only allowed from late July to late August. The white clamshell Go stones made using shells of hard-shell clams caught at this beach are precious items.
  • Amanoyasugawara
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    Miyazaki Pref. Nishiusukiguntakachihochou Iwato
    This riverbed is about a 10-minute walk up along the Iwato River from Amanoiwato-jinja Shrine. It is said that when Amaterasu Omikami, the Sun Goddess, shut herself inside this cave behind a rock door, eight million gods gathered here and held a ceremony. If you stack rocks and make a wish, it will supposedly come true—which is why countless piles of rocks can be seen in the area, creating a mysterious sight indeed.
  • Makes your wishes come true TheSeaofCruz
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    Miyazaki Pref. Hyugashi Hososhima
    “Cruz” is the Portuguese word for “cross.” From the “Sea of Cruz” viewing platform, the distant rocks seem to form the Japanese character for “kanau” (“to grant”), and as such it is said that visitors will get their wishes granted. A bell was installed here for visitors to purify their hearts and announce to the heavens their wishes. The shape of the bell represents two people looking after and caring for one another.
  • Horikiri Pass
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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.
  • Manai Waterfalls
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    Miyazaki Pref. Nishiusukiguntakachihochou Mitai
    The Manai Waterfalls are a symbol of Takachiho Gorge and have been chosen as one of Japan’s top 100 waterfalls. The highlight is the sight of the white sheets of spray rising and falling gently as they flow down from pillar joints of the cliff. After renting a boat and going near to the falls for a closer look, they become even more impressive. In the summer there is a limited time illumination, where one can enjoy some magnificent scenery.
  • Ebino Highland
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    Miyazaki Pref. Ebinoshi Suenaga
    This highland area 1,200 meters above sea level is also known as the first place in Japan to be designated a national park. Visitors can enjoy the area's seasonal scenery. Highlights include Mt. Karakuni, the highest peak on Kirishima volcano group; beautiful cobalt blue Fudo Pond; and Susukigahara, a field ofreddish brown Japanese pampas grass from which the city of Ebino gets its name.
  • Kunimigaoka
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    Miyazaki Prefecture Nishiusuki-gun Takachiho-cho
    "A 513-meter-high mountain located in Takachiho Town, Nishiusuki County, Miyazaki Prefecture. Visitors can enjoy a sweeping view encompassing the five peaks of Aso, the Sobo mountains, Mt. Amanokagu, the Takachiho Basin, and the Gokase River valley. The mountain is also famous across Japan for its ""sea of clouds."" According to legend, the mountain was named by Takeiwatatsu-no-Mikoto, grandson of Emperor Jinmu, when he visited the area while ruling Kyushu."
  • Nichinan Coast
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    Miyazaki Prefecture Nichinan City Miyazaki City Kasama City etc
    A coastline area stretching from southern Miyazaki Prefecture to the mouth of Kimotsuki River on the west side of Shibushi Bay in Kagoshima Prefecture. Officially designated Nichinan Kaigan Quasi-National Park, the area is known for the beautiful, picturesque scenery of its coastline and ocean. Rich in variation, the coastline was a top honeymoon destination from the mid-60s to the mid-70s. The coast is also a popular scenic driving destination.
  • Kisakihama Beach
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    Miyazaki Pref. Miyazakishi Kumano
    A beach located in Miyazaki City. Stretching towards the island of Aoshima, the two to three-kilometer-long beach is known for its silky smooth sands. Because of its frequent good waves and convenient accessibility from the airport and city center, it is also a top surfing destination frequented by large numbers of surfers from across the prefecture and the country, and many international competitions are held here. Several resort hotels are also located in the area.
  • Ikoma-Kogen Flower Station
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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.
  • Mt. Sobo
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    Miyazaki Prefecture Nishiusuki-gun Takachiho-cho
    A 1,756-meter-high mountain straddling Oita Prefecture and Nishiusuki County, Miyazaki Prefecture. The mountain has been designated Sobo-Katamuki Quasi-National Park. It is home to an abundance of virgin forest and wild animals, and visitors climbing the mountain can enjoy seasonal scenery such as Akebono azaleas, rhododendrons, and autumn foliage. Takachiho Gorge, located on the south side of the mountain, is also gaining attention as a picturesque sightseeing destination.
  • Cape Togenkyo
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    Miyazaki Pref. Higashiusukigunkadogawachou Iorigawa
    A garden located in Higashiusuki County, Miyazaki Prefecture. Some two million bigleaf hydrangeas grow on the park's vast, 20 hectares of grounds, and during the rainy season visitors can enjoy the magical scenery created by their flowers and backed by the vast ocean beyond. Many other flowers also bloom in the garden, including peach blossoms, jacaranda, and bougainvillea. Mt. Tomi Observatory, located nearby, is also known for its picturesque view of the hydrangea.
  • Umagase
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    Miyazaki Pref. Hyugashi Hososhima
    A precipice located on Cape Hyuga in Nippo Kaigan Quasi-National Park. The cliff was formed when lava from a volcanic eruption cooled and hardened, and the name is thought to have come from the fact that the rocks resemble a horseback. With 200 meters in length, the geological feature has been designated a National Natural Monument. A popular destination due to its picturesque scenery, it is visited by large numbers of tourists.
  • Cape Moai
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    Miyazaki Pref. Nichinanshi Miyaura 2650 Sun Messe Nichinai
    "A cape located in Sunmesse Nichinan along the Nichinan Coast. Seven Moai statues stand in a row here, and the site is the only place in the world granted permission to make use of Moai statues by Easter Island. Known as a mystical ""power spot,"" it is said that coming here will improve your luck. There are a variety of other works of art in the garden, and visitors can enjoy looking at them along with beautiful scenery backed by vast ocean beyond."
  • Sannomiya Gorge
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    Miyazaki Pref. Kobayashishi Higashikata Sannomiya Gorge
    "This gorge is in eastern Kobayashi City. It is one of the geosites of ""Kirishima Geopark."" It was formed by the pyroclastic flow of a huge eruption that occurred about 340,000 years ago, and you can enjoy magnificent natural sites such as ""Yagura no Todoro"" and ""Senjoiwa."" The promenade, which was once used as a a trolley road, is characterized by its 11 tunnels of different sizes, and it has been chosen as one of Japan's Promenade 100 Selections."
  • Sekinoo Falls
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    Miyazaki Pref. Miyakonojoushi Sekinochou
    This group of pits is located along the Shonai River in Sekinoo-cho, Miyakonojo City. The river bottom of welded tuff has been scraped over a long period of time, forming deep depressions called Giant's kettle. They are distributed over a 600-meter area upstream from Sekinootaki Falls, and have a valuable geological value. It is a designated national natural monument.
  • Cape Toi
    Travel / Tourism
    Miyazaki Pref. Kushimashi Ono Ozaki
    A small peninsula on which Japanese horses, also known as Misaki horses, graze. The horses leisurely feed on the peninsula’s grasses against a backdrop of gently rolling green hills and the blue sea, creating a beautiful and tranquil scene. The lighthouse standing on the tip of the peninsula is the southernmost lighthouse in Miyazaki Prefecture. The only lighthouse which can be entered and viewed by tourists in Kyushu, it also serves as viewing platform from which visitors can get a sweeping view of the surrounding gentle ocean.

Miyazaki Main Areas


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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