Roadside phoenix and hibiscus are beautiful in this location, which is the southernmost saw-toothed Japanese coastline.
Nichinan-kaigan Coast, located in the southern part of Miyazaki Prefecture, is the southernmost saw-toothed coastline in Japan, extending about 100 kilometers from Ao-shima Island to Cape Toi. In addition to Oni-no-Sentaku-ita (the ogre's washboard), which spreads around Ao-shima Island, and Udo-jingu Shrine, which stands inserted in a cave with the sea for a background, there are scenic spots dotted here and there, including a recreation park, Kodomo-no-kuni. On the Nichinan coastlines facing the southern blue sea, Washington palms and hibiscuses grow, which makes the highway one of the prettiest on Kyushu.
Ao-shima Island, located in the northernmost part of Nichinan-Kaigan Quasi-National Park, is a tiny island with a circumference of 1.5 kilometers, with over 3,000 Washintonia palm trees and 27 kinds of subtropical plants. Around the island, tens and hundreds of wavy rocks, Oni-no-Sentaku-ita, draw stripe patterns, which show up at low tide.
Horikiri-toge Pass, one of the best observation spots on the Nichinan-kaigan Coast, is a scenic spot commanding the grandeur of the Sea of Hyuga, from which you can get a fine view of Oni-no-Sentaku-ita below being washed by the water, as well as of the flowers of the phoenixes and hibiscuses.
From Tokyo :
[Air] 1h 45 min from Haneda to Miyazaki Airport, and 10 min from the airport to Miyazaki Station by JR Miyazaki Airport Line.
[Rail] 4h 35 min from Tokyo to Kokura Station by JR Tokaido-Sanyo Shinkansen Line, and 5h from Kokura to Miyazaki Station by JR Nippo Line. 30 min from Miyazaki to Aoshima Station by JR Nichinan Line, and 1h 25 min to Aburatsu Station.
From Osaka :
[Air] 1h 5 min from Itami or Kansai International Airport to Miyazaki Airport.
[Rail] 2h 20 min from Shin-Osaka to Kokura Station by Shinkansen.