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Regions of Japan

Hokkaido Tohoku Hokuriku
Shinetsu
Kanto Tokai Kansai Chugoku Shikoku Kyushu Okinawa Islands SAPPORO TOKYO NAGOYA OSAKA FUKUOKA FURANO KUSHIRO AOMORI SENDAI FUKUSHIMA NIKKO HAKONE SADO TAKAYAMA KANAZAWA ISE KYOTO NARA HIROSHIMA NAGASAKI KAGOSHIMA NAHA
Hokkaido
Hokkaido
  • Hokkaido
Japan's great white north offers wild, white winters and bountiful summers—a haven for dedicated foodies, nature lovers and outdoor adventure fans seeking an adrenaline rush Japan's great white north offers wild, white winters and bountiful summers—a haven for dedicated foodies, nature lovers and outdoor adventure fans seeking an adrenaline rush
Tohoku
Tohoku
  • Aomori
  • Akita
  • Iwate
  • Yamagata
  • Miyagi
  • Fukushima
Fearsome festivals, fresh powder snow and vast fruit orchards—the rugged territory of Tohoku offers a new perspective on travel in Japan Fearsome festivals, fresh powder snow and vast fruit orchards—the rugged territory of Tohoku offers a new perspective on travel in Japan
Hokuriku Shinetsu
Hokuriku Shinetsu
  • Niigata
  • Toyama
  • Ishikawa
  • Fukui
  • Nagano
An easily accessible slice of rural Japan offering unrivaled mountainscapes and coastlines, endless outdoor adventure and amazing ocean fare An easily accessible slice of rural Japan offering unrivaled mountainscapes and coastlines, endless outdoor adventure and amazing ocean fare
Kanto
Kanto
  • Tokyo
  • Kanagawa
  • Chiba
  • Saitama
  • Ibaraki
  • Tochigi
  • Gunma
Jump from the neon glow of Tokyo to Gunma's mountain retreats, Kamakura's cultural heritage and the Ogasawara Islands' exotic wildlife Jump from the neon glow of Tokyo to Gunma's mountain retreats, Kamakura's cultural heritage and the Ogasawara Islands' exotic wildlife
Tokai
Tokai
  • Yamanashi
  • Shizuoka
  • Gifu
  • Aichi
  • Mie
Hallmark attractions such as Mt. Fuji and Takayama coexist with major cities and famous heritage in the center of Japan Hallmark attractions such as Mt. Fuji and Takayama coexist with major cities and famous heritage in the center of Japan
Kansai
Kansai
  • Kyoto
  • Osaka
  • Shiga
  • Hyogo
  • Nara
  • Wakayama
The Kansai region is one of contrasts, from the glittering lights of Osaka and Kobe to the cultural treasures of Kyoto and Nara The Kansai region is one of contrasts, from the glittering lights of Osaka and Kobe to the cultural treasures of Kyoto and Nara
Chugoku
Chugoku
  • Tottori
  • Shimane
  • Okayama
  • Hiroshima
  • Yamaguchi
Welcome to Japan's less-explored western frontier, where the weather is warmer and the pace of life is slower Welcome to Japan's less-explored western frontier, where the weather is warmer and the pace of life is slower
Shikoku
Shikoku
  • Tokushima
  • Kagawa
  • Ehime
  • Kochi
Island-hopping, cycling, soul-warming spiritual strolling and red-hot dancing—the island of Shikoku gets you up and moving Island-hopping, cycling, soul-warming spiritual strolling and red-hot dancing—the island of Shikoku gets you up and moving
Kyushu
Kyushu
  • Fukuoka
  • Saga
  • Nagasaki
  • Oita
  • Kumamoto
  • Miyazaki
  • Kagoshima
The southern island of Kyushu is home to hot springs, rugged geography, undeveloped beaches and volcanoes ranging from sleepy to smoky The southern island of Kyushu is home to hot springs, rugged geography, undeveloped beaches and volcanoes ranging from sleepy to smoky
Okinawa
Okinawa
  • Okinawa
Fly to Okinawa and discover a distinct island culture born of subtropical sun, white sand, coral, mangrove jungles and the age of the Ryukyu Kings Fly to Okinawa and discover a distinct island culture born of subtropical sun, white sand, coral, mangrove jungles and the age of the Ryukyu Kings

MIYAZAKI Miyazaki City

Japan's birthplace offers a peace park, seaside shrines, and great surfing and cycling

Be it city delights or ocean sights, Miyazaki has something for everyone. No need to worry about the weather either, as this city has more sunshine than anywhere else in Japan.

Don't Miss

  • The sub-tropical island shrine in Aoshima
  • Walking around the vast expanses of Heiwadai Park
  • Surfing along the huge stretch of coastline
  • Cycling along the Oyodo River—take your own bike or rent one nearby

How to Get There

There is no direct train to Miyazaki, so the easiest access method is by bus, car, or plane.

Miyazaki is about a 1.5-hour flight from Tokyo's Haneda Airport or about one hour from Osaka's Itami Airport.

By bus or car, take the Kyushu Expressway, and then the Miyazaki Expressway turn off. It's about a 3.5 hours' drive from Fukuoka, and about a 1.5 hours' drive from Kagoshima.

Aoshima, the perfect blend of culture, sun, and fun

Miyazaki is noted as the birthplace of Japan, which means it's steeped in history. It is also blessed by abundant sunshine and ocean views, so what better way to blend the two than to visit a seaside shrine?

Aoshima is perhaps Miyazaki City's most popular tourist attraction. You can easily spend an entire day at the island and in the surrounding village.

And if you love surfing or want to learn, there are numerous surf schools and surfboard rental shops at Aoshima Beach.

Heiwadai, a peace park built from the memories of WWII

Just a 10-minute drive north of the city, the sprawling Heiwadai Park is a fantastic place to relax, stroll, and learn about Japanese history.

The main feature of the park is the 37-meter-high Hakko Ichiu Monument, now the Peace Monument, which was constructed with stones from the time of the war-time Japanese empire.

Hakko Ichiu means “eight corners of the world under one roof,” which was a slogan used at the time it was built. You can climb up the steps and for a gorgeous view of the park and city.

Heiwadai Park also has many replica clay soldiers lining the paths, known as Haniwa. They were excavated from the tomb of nearby Saitobaru Kofungun.

The lake in the park makes for a pleasant stroll, and with abundant lawns, you can easily have a picnic or take a relaxing nap under the sun.

Miyazaki Shrine, where spirituality and history blend

Miyazaki Shrine is dedicated to Jimmu, the mythical first Emperor of Japan (711BC-585BC). There are three shrines inside the complex, as well as a tunnel of red shrine gates you can walk through. Also within the grounds is the Miyazaki Prefectural Museum of Nature and History.

In early April every year, Miyazaki Shrine has a demonstration of yabusame (horseback archery). Be sure to attend if you happen to be in the area.

Cycling along the Oyodo River

The Oyodo River is the main channel that runs through the city. From the city ward office, a dedicated bicycle path stretches along the river's length, making for a beautiful, scenic ride largely devoid of cars. Take your own bike or rent one from the riverside Miyazaki Kanko Hotel.

Udo Jingu Shrine in a cave

About 40 minutes from Miyazaki by car is Udo Jingu shrine. The shrine's main building is in a large cave, halfway down a cliff, open to the ocean. It is dedicated to Emperor Jinmu's father. This is one of the most unique shrines in Japan.

Not only is the local area replete with a wide range of fulfilling attractions, but Miyazaki City is also a great place to base yourself as you venture up and down the coast to places like Nichinan and Hyuga.

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