More than a treasured haven for outdoor sports enthusiasts, this prefecture in southeastern Kyushu is also renowned for its gorgeous coastal drives and incredible seaside shrines. Add to that the lively annual festivals that celebrate Miyazaki's significant place in Japanese mythology. The prefecture boasts many shrines involved with the myth of the birth of Japan, such as Miyazaki Shrine, sacred to Emperor Jinmu, supposedly the first emperor of Japan. Amanoiwato Shrine and Takachiho Shrine are known for the Takachiho Yokagura. At the Yokagura, from November to February, thirty-three nocturnal Shinto music performances and dances are performed as thanksgiving for the fall's harvest and prayers are offered for the next year's abundant crop. The Nichinan Coast, facing the Pacific Ocean, offers places of natural beauty such as Aoshima and Cape Toi. Seagaia, located along Hitotsuba coast in the city of Miyazaki, is a comprehensive resort complex complete with a hotel, convention center, golf courses and spaces for other activities.
The quickest and most convenient way to reach Miyazaki is by plane. If you're already in Kyushu, catch a highway bus from Fukuoka, or a bus or local express train from Kagoshima.
Both Haneda and Narita airports in Tokyo have flights going to Miyazaki that take just under two hours. Daily flights also go to Miyazaki from Osaka, roughly an hour away. International flights link Miyazaki with Hong Kong, South Korea and Taiwan.
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Spring brings new warmth to the ocean’s waters, one of Japan's earliest cherry blossom seasons and the official opening of popular Aoshima Beach Park.
The rainy season produces spectacular waterfalls, more beaches open for ocean lovers, and fireworks festivals are held up and down the coastline.
Kaleidoscopic leaves carpet the landscape, waves becoming more user friendly and yoga festivals abound.
Marathon season, Takachiho Gorge lights up at night, mythical dances are performed, and grown men dive naked in the sea.