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Miyazaki 宮崎県

Beautiful coastline facing the Pacific Ocean. Miyazaki boasts many shrines involved with the myth of the birth of Japan.

Situated in the southeastern part of Kyushu, Miyazaki faces the Sea of Hyuga in the Pacific Ocean in the east and is surrounded by mountains on the other three sides. The north-to-west area bordering Oita and Kumamoto contains the Kyushu Mountains, while the south area bordering Kagoshima has the Kirishima Mountains and the Wanitsuka Mountains. These mountains create a barrier against the winter wind, which, with the effect of the warm Pacific current, keeps the climate of Miyazaki mild.
 
The prefecture boasts many shrines involved with the myth of the birth of Japan, such as Miyazaki-jingu Shrine sacred to Emperor Jinmu, supposedly the first Emperor of Japan, and Amano-iwato-jinja Shrine and Takachiho-jinja Shrine, known for the Yokagura Dance of Takachiho. 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 for the next year's abundant crop.

The Nichinan Coast, facing the Pacific Ocean with a beautiful coastline, contains places of natural beauty such as Ao-shima and Cape Toi. On Hitotsuba Beach in Miyazaki City is the Miyazaki Sea Gaia, a comprehensive resort complex complete with a wildlife park, golf courses, and a hotel.
 

Directions

From Tokyo:
1h 45 min from Haneda to Miyazaki Airport, and 10 min from the airport to Miyazaki Station by JR Miyazaki Airport Line.

 

From Osaka:
1h 5 min from Itami or Kansai International Airport to Miyazaki Airport.

 

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