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Miyazaki & Nichinan travel guide

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Miyazaki & Nichinan are facing the Pacific Ocean with a beautiful coastline contains placed

of natural beauty, like Aoshima and Toi-misaki Cape. Also, on the Hitotsuba Beach of Miyazaki

city are Ocean Dome, 700 hectare all-weather indoor water park, and Miyazaki Sea Gaia, a

comprehensive resort complex complete with a wildlife park, golf courses and hotels.

 


 

Udo Shrine

Beautiful and exciting Shine,  located the cave of the cliff side facing the Pacific Ocean. In legend,

a goddess of sea built a hut to give birth to a great god here. Then it is said that Empress Suiko

(554-628) built the shrine there.

 


 

Horikiri Pass

The suggested sightseeing spot in Nichinan. The 60m altitude pass allows you to look down

at a beautiful view of the Pacific Ocean. The coastline here is lined with rocks that have been

worn away by the waves splashing against them, as well as beautiful phoenix palm trees.

 


 

Toi Cape

Wild horses are living here. Gentle hills extend, and you can observe wild horses, called Misaki-uma,

living and grazing there. It is said that the Misaki-uma are the descendants of army horses left grazing

and which became wild 300 years ago.

 


 

Obi Castle Ruin

The moss-covered stone walls, broad stone steps in front of the Ote-mon main gate, moat ruin,

and old samurai residences all bring back the past. The Matsuo-no-Maru residence and Ote-mon

have been reconstructed using the treasured Obi cedar wood.

 


 

Sun Messe Nichinan

Japan’s own replica of Moai Statues.  Enjoy a breath taking panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean,

the Sun Messe Nichinan has replicas of the Moai statues from the Easter Island placed here and

there in the area.

 


 

Miyazaki Shrine

Miyazaki Shrine is the oldest and most important shrine in the city. Dedicated to Emperor Jinmu,

the mythical first emperor of Japan, it is said to have been established over 2600 years ago.

 


 

Night life Miyazaki


 

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Mimitsu

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Let’s meet the old days of Japan. The area is designated a National Important Preservation

District for Groups of Historic buildings, and there remain much of the atmosphere of the 19th

 century, including buildings of old times, earthen walls, and stone pavements.

 


 

According to the ancient myths set down in Japan’s oldest books, Kojiki and Nihongi, Mimitsu

is where the mythical first emperor of Japan, Jimmu, built a fleet and set sail to conquer

central Japan and set up the Yamato Dynasty.

 


 


 


 


 

 Location of Hyuga

 

 

 


 

General information  

Address Mimitsu, Nichinan-city, Miyazaki-prefecture
Access

20 minutes by a vehicle from JR Nichinan-shi Station 

 


 

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Umagase

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Exciting scenery created by raging wave of Hyuga Sea. The coastline here is a ria coastline,

marked by intricate waterways sandwiched between cliffs. The cliffs here are 70m high and

the waves’ splashing against them is an enchanting sight.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Exploring Umagase

The bare rock faces of the cliffs have given way to columnar joints, which are formed when

magma from a volcanic eruption cools and hardens. The source of the name “Umagase” is

thought to come from the fact that the rocks here are similar in colour to horses.

 


 


 


 

 Location of Hyuga

 

 

 


 

General information  

Address Hososhima, Nichinan-city, Miyazaki-prefecture
Access

20 minutes by a vehicle from JR Nichinan-shi Station 

5 minutes by a vehicle from Cruz Sea 

 


 

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Udo Shrine

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Beautiful and exciting Shine. Udo Shrine is a Shinto shrine in the cave of the cliff side

facing the Pacific Ocean. It is located about 35 km south of Miyazaki city. In legend,

a goddess of sea built a hut to give birth to a great god here. Then it is said that Empress

Suiko (554-628) built the shrine there.

 

        Entrance of Shrine

         Shrine in the Cave

            Pacific Ocean


 

The priest of Tendai Buddhism built a Buddhist temple in 782, on the order of Emperor Kanmu.

In the middle ages, this area had been the training place for mountain priests because of the

steep rocky cliffs.

 

              Shrine Gate

     Chrysanthemum pattern

              To the Shrine


 

        Down to the Shrine

           Shrine entrance

               Rocky cliffs


 

     Main Shrine in the Cave

        Shrines in the Cave

          Shrine in the Cave  


 

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General information  

Address 3222 Oaza-Miyaura, Nichinan-city, Miyazaki-prefecture
Access

60 minutes by a vehicle from Miyazaki-city

20 minutes by a vehicle from Nihinan-city

Open hours

6:00 to 19:00  April to September

7:00 to 18:00  October to March

Admission fee No fee is required
Days closed No closing days

 


 

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Gokase Winery

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Gokase Winery is located near Takachiho, in the beautiful plateau at an altitude of 600m.

All the wines are being made from locally grown grapes. There is the tasting corner, you

can enjoy sample wines. Winery also can be visited.

 


 


 

At the Tenku restaurant, you can enjoy local cosines while looking beautiful scenery of plateau.

 

 

Horikiri Pass

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The suggested sightseeing spot in Nichinan. Horikiri is located along Japan National Route

220, and the road going through the mountain pass involves an extremely sharp turn that

you cannot see beyond before you go around it.

 


 

The 60m altitude pass allows you to look down at a beautiful view of the Pacific Ocean.

The coastline here is lined with rocks that have been worn away by the waves splashing

against them, as well as beautiful phoenix palm trees.

 


 

About 1km further down the road from Horikiri Pass you will find the Horikiri Pass Phoenix

Road Station. At the road station you will find fast food and restaurants as well as souvenir

shops, making this the ideal location for a break.

 


 

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General information  

Address 381-1 Aza-Miike, Oaza-Utsumi, Miyazaki-city, Miyazaki-prefecture
Access

30 minutes by a vehicle from JR Miyazaki Station 

 


 

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Cruz Sea

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Your wishes come true here. The Cruz Sea is an area of ocean that appears to have a

cross in it when viewed from an observatory.

 


 

This cape is known as a ria coast; the “cross shape” was created by the narrow terrain

here being eroded by rivers, resulting in a cross-shaped sea route.

 


 

Because the cross-shape looks similar to the Japanese kanji character 叶 (meaning “to

grant a wish”) it is commonly said that if you make a wish here it will be granted.

 


 

 Location of Hyuga

 

 

 


 

General information  

Address Hososhima, Nichinan-city, Miyazaki-prefecture
Access

15 minutes by a vehicle from JR Nichinan-shi Station 

 


 

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Takachiho shrine

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The shrine has long history, established 1900 years ago, worship the deity of agriculture,

marriage, traffic safety and protection against misfortunes. Located just west of the town

center, is nestled in a grove of tall cedarsDuring the day the shrine’s nondescript, unpainted

buildings blend in naturally with the surrounding treesThe light that filters through, brings

with it an air of calm, peaceful reverence.

 


 

Today this legend is reenacted as Yokagura in a series of 33 episodes depicting the divine

quarrel as well as other deeds of the gods.  On winter weekends, people gather to watch 

all-night performances of these episodes at different locations each week, sometimes at

private homesThe performances are held on Saturday evenings from mid November to

mid February.

 


 

Kagura

A massively shortened version of Takachiho Yokagura is performed for tourists every night

throughout the year at the Takachiho Shrine. The one-hour show consists of just a few 

scenes of the story, performed by masked dancers and accompanied by traditional instrument.

 It is held at the Yokagura performance hall, just a few steps from the shrine’s main building.

 


 

 Location of Takachiho

 

       

 


 

General information  

Address

1037 Mitai, Takachiho-cho, Nishi-Usuki-gun, Miyazaki-prefecture

Access

100 minutes by a vehicle from Kumamoto IC

130 minutes by a vehicle from Oita IC

130 minutes by a vehicle from Miyazaki

Sun Messe Nichinan

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Japan’s own replica of Moai Statues. Enjoy a breath taking panoramic view of the Pacific

Ocean, the Sun Messe Nichinan has replicas of the Moai statues from the Easter Island

placed here and there in the area.

 


 

The Sun Messe Nichinan is the only place all over the world that has been permitted to

replicate the Moai statues. There are restaurants and also tourist viewing areas inside

the park.

 


 

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General information  

Address 2650 Miyaura, Nichinan-city, Miyazaki-prefecture
Access

60 minutes by a vehicle from Miyazaki Station

Open hours

9:30 to 17:00 

Admission fee JPY 700
Days closed 1st and 3rd Wednesday

 


 

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Toi Cape

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Wild horses are living here. Cape Toi, located in the south of Miyazaki Prefecture, is a cape

at the east end of Shibushi Bay, which is in the southernmost part of the Nichinan kaigan

Coast. Gentle hills extend, and you can observe wild horses, called Misaki-uma, living and

grazing there.

 


 

It is said that the Misaki-uma are the descendants of army horses left grazing and which became

wild 300 years ago.

 


 

They are now designated as a natural monument. At the Horse House in the Toi-misaki Visitor

Centre, information about the ecology and living circumstances of the Misaki-uma is displayed

on panels.

 

            Visitor Centre

              Souvenir shop

               Misaki-uma


 

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General information 

Address

Ono, Kushima-city, Miyazaki-prefecture

Access

45 minutes by a vehicle from JR Kushima Station

 


 

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