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  • Florante Miyazaki
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Miyazaki Pref. Miyazakishi Yamasakichou Hamayama 414-16
    A botanical garden where visitors can enjoy a variety of classes and hands-on activities which was first opened in April 2000 with the aim of promoting flowers and greenery in the city. An abundance of events are also held at the park and from the end of the year through the new, the park is lit up at night. The park permits visitors to bring their own food and beverages; come on a sunny day with a homemade lunch and have a picnic! A 10-minute walk from JR Miyazaki Station.
  • Aoshima Jinja
    Travel / Tourism
    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.
  • Miyazaki-jingu Shrine
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    215 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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...

  • Heiwadai Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Miyazaki Pref. Miyazakishi Shimokitakatamachi EtsukeHasama 6146
    A prefectural park located in a hilly area 60 meters above sea level surrounded by natural forest. The park’s spacious grounds offer a sweeping view of Miyazaki City and its open grass lawn, athletics field, and children’s play area make it a popular destination for a great many visitors from both in and outside the prefecture. The park’s Peace Tower, erected in 1940 to mark the 2,600th year since the founding of Japan, stands 37 meters high. An impressive piece of architecture, its appearance seems to change depending on the viewing angle and the light of the day.
  • Minkaen
    Travel / Tourism
    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
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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...

  • Okashinohidaka Honten
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    Shopping
    Miyazaki Pref. Miyazakishi Tachibanadorinishi 2-7-25
    This Japanese sweet shop is famous for its specialty, the nanjakora daifuku (what the heck is this daifuku). The nanjakora daifuku is coarse sweet red bean paste, Japanese chestnut paste, strawberries, and cream cheese wrapped in gyuhi, a type of rice dough. Its uniqueness brought it wild popularity and now the shop also offers a nanjakora choux, a creampuff made with Ogura cream, Japanese chestnut paste, strawberries, and cheese. The cheese manju steamed buns, a Miyazaki favorite, are also popular.

    一番人気はなんじゃこら大福とのことですが個人的にはチーズ饅頭推しです。クリームチーズがみちっと詰まってコクもしっかりなのでひとつでも満足度は高いです。賞味期限は1週間以上なので手土産に最適です。

  • Miyachiku
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Miyazaki Pref. Miyazakishi Matsuyama 1-1-1 Miyazaki Kanko Hotel West Bldg. 2F
    A restaurant specializing in Miyazaki beef located in the West Building of the Miyazaki Kanko Hotel. The teppanyaki performance, in which a dedicated chef cooks select Miyazaki beef right in front of you, is particularly popular. The restaurant is divided into teppanyaki seating which is focused on steak meals, and yakiniku (grill your own barbecue) seating; the restaurant also has seating and private rooms from which you can enjoy a superb view of the Oyodo River. From the reasonably priced lunch steak to extravagant, quantity-limited dinner courses made with the highest class pieces of Miyazaki beef, you can enjoy a meal matched to your budget. A 19-minute walk from JR Miyazaki Station.
  • Anbai
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Miyazaki Pref. Miyazakishi Chuoudori 7-30 The twilight building 1F
    This popular restaurant serves local favorites such as local fish sashimi caught just that morning, chicken nanban made with local Miyazaki chicken, chicken sashimi, and chilled miso soup. Anbai also stocks over 360 varieties of shochu. The restaurant keeps at least 25 varieties of sake on hand at any time, and with the reasonable prices, you're encouraged to compare and find your favorite. A 17-minute walk from JR Miyazaki Station.
  • Miyazaki Products Shop KONNE
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    Shopping
    Miyazaki Pref. Miyazakishi Miyatachou 1-6 Prefectural Office 8F 1F
    A shop selling local Miyazaki products located on the first floor of Miyazaki Prefectural Government Office Building 8. The shop sells Miyazaki specialties such as local grilled chicken skewers, hyuganatsu pudding, and ripe mango juice; as well as shochu, local beers, and other liquors; and crafts like kagura masks. You can also sample foods and purchase tickets to performances here, making it the perfect place to find a souvenir. A 15-minute walk from Miyazaki Station. If traveling by car, you can park in the prefectural office’s number 1 or 2 visitor parking lot.

    宮崎県庁のすぐ近くにある物産店です。お土産にぴったりなものがいろいろありました。車で行きましたが、宮崎県庁の裏手にある駐車場に駐車できるようになっていました。受付で時間や行先を記入する必要がありますが、駐車料金は無料でした。

  • Aoshima Island
    Travel / Tourism
    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
    Travel / Tourism
    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.
  • Hyuga Shinwakan
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    6 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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.
  • Saitobaru Burial Mounds
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Miyazaki Pref. Saitoshi Miyake Saitohara 5670
    Approximately a ten-minute drive from the Saito Interchange, these burial mounds are scattered around Chigogaike Park. Over 300 burial mounds remain over a very large area 2.6 kilometers from east to west and 4.2 kilometers north to south, and preservation activities are being conducted as a special historic park from its academic value. In the park, besides the burial mounds such as the Oni no Iwaya Kofun that can be seen, there is also the Saitobaru Archaeological Museum of Miyazaki Prefecture. In addition, it is a popular flower spot with cherry blossoms and rape blossoms in the spring, and cosmos in the autumn.
  • Sun Beach Hitotsuba
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Miyazaki Pref. Miyazakishi Shimbeppuchou Maehama 1400-16
    Sun Beach Hitotsuba, which is the only artificial beach in Miyazaki Prefecture, is located around 10 minutes' drive from JR Miyazaki Station, or can also be reached by taking the Hitotsuba Toll Road; the Beach is immediately adjacent to the Marina-mae Exit. The beach is divided into two zones: North Beach and South Beach. South Beach has gentle waves and is suitable for families with small children. North Beach is a dedicated area for marine sports such as stand-up paddle-boarding and sea-kayaking, and for beach volleyball. North Beach also has an area for barbecues; spaces for having a barbecue can be booked at the Beach Office, which also sells and rents out barbecue equipment.
  • Tsuno-jinja Shrine
    Travel / Tourism
    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
    Travel / Tourism
    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.
  • Ayanoteruha Suspension Bridge
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    101 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Miyazaki Pref. Higashimorokatagunayachou Minamimata 5691-1
    This bridge was constructed two years after the opening of Kyushu Sanchi Quasi-National Park in 1982. It is a suspension bridge 250 meters long and 142 meters high, and it will make you feel like you’re walking among the treetops of the laurel forest. On the other side of the bridge is a two-kilometer-long nature trail, the perfect opportunity to enjoy a walk in the woods.

    Besides the main suspension bridge, there is a smaller one. You can enjoy some walking from the main bridge to the smaller one.

  • Ogura Main Shop
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    302 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    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.

    Tucked away in an alley of Miyazaki City, Ogura is a charming, kitschy restaurant with the Miyazaki specialty:Chicken Nanban (chicken marinated in soy sauce, deep fried, and coated with a tangy...

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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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