Culture / Tour Spots in Nichinan Area
- Toimisaki Visitor Center (Hall of Horses)
- Leisure / Hobbies
- Miyazaki Pref. Kushimashi Ono 42-1
- Toimisaki Visitor Center is around 45 minutes by bus from Kushima Station on the JR Nichinan Line. The Center was established to introduce visitors to the ecosystem of the Cape Toi area-including the small Misaki Horses, which are native to Japan and have been designated as a National Natural Monument Protected Species-and how the region's beautiful scenery changes with the seasons. There are dioramas of Cape Toi, models of the Misaki Horses, and displays relating to the history of human settlement in the area and of the Misaki Horses. The center also offers a range of experiential activities, including the opportunity to learn how to make horse-hair straps from real horse hair. In addition, the center arranges guided tours to help visitors learn more about the Misaki Horses, the area's plant and animal life, and nearby historic buildings, etc.
- Miyazaki Agricultural Research Institute Subtropical Plant Branch (Tropical Dome and Functional Botanical Garden)
- Leisure / Hobbies
- Miyazaki Nichinan-shi Nangocho Nienami 3236-3
- "This tropical garden is situated behind Roadside Station Nango. The domed garden is located at the highest point on the grounds of the Miyazaki Agricultural Research Institute and is divided into themed areas such as the ""Jungle Cruise"" area, a thick forest of banana trees and Chinese palm fans; and the ""Rock Mountain"" area, a towering rocky mountain on which cacti grow. The surrounding Miyazaki Agricultural Research Institute promotes revolutionary technological advancements in order to open the doors to new ways of agriculture and engages in a variety of research projects throughout the year."
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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