Boasting a picturesque setting overlooking the Pacific Ocean, Miyazaki is popular resort destination on the island of Kyushu. In addition to its beautiful beaches and offshore islands, it’s home to an ancient shrine and ideally located for an exploration of the spiritual landscapes in Takachiho.
Things to do in Miyazaki
Delve into the world of space and physics at the Miyazaki Science Center, where you’ll be greeted by an animatronic “Dr. Cosmo”. Explore the interactive exhibits that include a life-size model of the Apollo 11 Moon Lander and a re-creation of a Japanese H-1 Rocket.
To the south of Miyazaki lies the charming island of Aoshima, which is connected to the mainland by a bridge. Subtropical jungle swathes the interior where the colourful Aoshima Jinja shrine can be found, while a perimeter walking trail accesses its idyllic white beaches.
Nestled in the midst of a peaceful forest, the Miyazaki Shrine is the oldest of its kind in the city and dedicated to the mythical first emperor of Japan, Emperor Jimmu. In addition to its cedar buildings, the site is home to the Miyazaki Prefectural Museum of Nature and History and the traditional farmhouses of the Minkaen Museum.
Make a day trip to the charismatic town of Takachiho, which is steeped in Japanese mythology as the setting for a well-known Shinto legend. Admire the natural beauty of the Takachiho Gorge and visit the cave shrine of Amano Iwato, then witness a traditional Yokagura dance performance at the Takachiho Shrine.
Getting around Miyazaki
Miyazaki Airport is 10 minutes’ train ride from Miyazaki’s city centre, with the journey to Tokyo taking around 8.5 hours. Buses access most of the city’s attractions and connect to the surrounding towns and villages.