In Search of Japan's Roots –Miyazaki–

Located in the southeast portion of Kyushu Island is Miyazaki Prefecture. Here you will find a Japan completely different from Tokyo, Osaka and Kyoto. Japanese culture and scenery can be found here that exists nowhere else in Japan.

Unforgettable landscapes for the photo album

Away from the hustle and bustle of the concrete jungle, Miyazaki offers beautiful landscapes. Whether on your film roll or in your photo cloud, you will want to capture the incredible beauty of Miyazaki.

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At the end of March, cherry blossom trees and rapeseed flowers come into bloom together, painting the landscape with beautiful colors.

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Takachiho-kyo Gorge

The Gokase-gawa River flows here, surrounded by pillars of stone that reach as high as 100 meters. Stroll along the cliff top or take a ride in a boat. A place to rest both the mind and body.

Takachiho-kyo Gorge

Aya Teruha Suspension Bridge

Located in one of the largest UNESCO biosphere reserves in Japan, the Aya Teruha Suspension Bridge spans 250 meters and towers 142 meters high. The metal grating provides incredible views downward and a thrilling walk.

Aya Teruha Suspension Bridge

In search of Japan's roots

Tales that go the heart of Japanese culture come to life in Miyazaki. Scattered through the pages of "Kojiki," Japan's oldest chronicle, are the most ancient of legends of Japan, many of which are set in Miyazaki. Like the ancient myths of Greece, the stories of "Kojiki" are imbued with morality and humanity. Miyazaki beckons you to come and visit these beautiful sites.

Amanoyasu Kawara at Amanoiwato-jinja Shrine

Amaterasu, the sun goddess, hides in a cave, plunging the world into darkness. In desperation, the other gods assemble nearby and hold a celebration with great merriment to pique her curiosity and draw her out...

The cave is felt by many to be a lodestone of spiritual power and draws people from every corner of Japan. You cannot help but feel the mysterious power present when you step foot in the cave.

Amanoyasu Kawara at Amanoiwato-jinja Shrine

Aoshima Island

The younger brother Yamasachihiko (god of the mountains) receives a magical fishing hook from his older brother Umisachihiko (god of the sea) but loses it when fishing. Swimming through the sea to find it, Yamasachihiko finds himself at a great palace at the bottom of the sea. There he finds Princess Toyotama and they marry. After three years pass, Yamasachihiko obtains the fishhook and returns to land, where he finds his brother furious at him. A battle of brothers then ensues...

A shrine dedicated to Yamasachihiko and Princess Toyotama is located on this small island which is surrounded by rough, wave-like rock known as the "Devil's Washboard."

Aoshima Island

Udo-jingu Shrine

This shrine is where the child of Yamasachihiko and Princess Toyotama was born. When about to give birth, Princess Toyotama tells her husband he cannot look, and she secretes herself away. Unable to resist the temptation, Yamasachihiko peers in, and what he sees astounds him...

Located in a cave at a sheer precipice, the shrine is well worth the visit.

Udo-jingu Shrine

Foods you will regret having missed if you do not try them while in Miyazaki

Miyazaki Beef

So tender, it melts the moment you put it in your mouth, and the juices fill your mouth in an explosion of flavor. Winning the "Japanese Beef Olympics" at two successive events, Miyazaki Beef has maintained its reputation as the best beef in Japan for 10 years. This is a culinary treat that should not be missed!

Miyazaki Beef

Miyazaki Caviar, since 1983

Miyazaki produces more caviar than any other region of Japan. After three decades of research and development, caviar produced in Miyazaki went on sale in 1983. The depth of flavor, pleasant aroma and blissful aftertaste of this caviar are an epicurean's delight.

Miyazaki Caviar, since 1983

How to get there

Miyazaki is just a short flight from Osaka

Low-cost services flies round-trip daily from Kansai International Airport, West Japan's gateway to the skies.

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One-way tickets between Osaka and Miyazaki start at 4,590 yen
Quoted fare based on one-way Happy Peach rates. Separate payment convenience fee, airport charge and other fees apply. Additional fees also apply for checking in luggage and seat reservations. Tickets purchased via the Customer Center or airport counter incur a separate convenience charge.

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Peach Aviation flight schedule

  • MM189: departing Osaka (Kansai) at 18:20, arriving in Miyazaki at 19:30
  • MM190: departing Miyazaki at 20:00, arriving in Osaka (Kansai) at 21:05
  • The flight schedule is valid between January 1 and March 26, 2016. Flights are subject to change without notice. For details, refer to the Peach Aviation website.

Other flights are available on domestic airlines from Haneda Airport (Tokyo), Itami Airport (Osaka), Chubu Airport (Nagoya), Fukuoka and Okinawa.

An easy-going trip by ferry

The Miyazaki Car Ferry makes one round trip daily between Kobe and Miyazaki. This is an excellent choice for those who want to travel by night and leave the daylight hours for touring.

Miyazaki Car Ferry Schedule

  • Departing Kobe daily at 19:30, arriving in Miyazaki at 7:30
  • Departing Miyazaki Monday–Saturday at 19:30, arriving in Kobe at 8:40
  • Departing Miyazaki Sunday at 18:15, arriving in Kobe at 8:40

Schedule valid as of January 1, 2015.

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International flights

Direct flights are available from South Korea, Taiwan and Hong Kong.

  • Seoul (Incheon International Airport) – three flights per week on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday on Asiana Airlines
  • Taipei (Taoyuan International Airport) – three flights per week on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday on China Airlines
  • Hong Kong (Hong Kong International Airport) – two flights per week on Wednesday and Saturday on Hong Kong Airlines

Getting around Miyazaki

The Visit Miyazaki Bus Pass allows one day unlimited rides on public buses in Miyazaki Prefecture for 1,000 yen.

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