How to travel between Miyazaki and Tokyo
JAL, ANA, Solaseed Air and Jetstar Japan operate numerous flights per day between Tokyo (Jetstar uses Narita Airport while the other airlines use Haneda Airport) and Miyazaki Airport. Flight duration is just under two hours. The regular one way fare by ANA and JAL is around 41,000 yen, however, discount tickets are usually available for between 13,000 and 27,000 yen. The fares by Solaseed Air are typically around 20% lower, while one way fares by Jetstar Japan start around 7000 yen.
Miyazaki Airport is conveniently connected to Miyazaki Station at the center of the city by the Miyazaki Kuko Line (10 minutes, 350 yen, fully covered by the Japan Rail Pass). A shuttle bus also connects the airport to Miyazaki Station (25 minutes, 440 yen, one bus per hour).
By train and relay bus
Take the JR Tokaido/Sanyo/Kyushu Shinkansen from Tokyo to Shin-Yatsushiro Station with one transfer of trains along the way, typically at Shin-Osaka or Hakata Station. From Shin-Yatsushiro, take the relay bus to Miyazaki. The entire one way trip takes about 8.5 hours and costs around 30,000 yen.
Take the JR Tokaido/Sanyo/Kyushu Shinkansen from Tokyo to Kagoshima (Kagoshima-Chuo Station) with one transfer of trains along the way, typically at Shin-Osaka or Hakata Station. From Kagoshima, take the JR Kirishima limited express train to Miyazaki. The entire one way trip takes about 9.5 hours and costs around 32,000 yen. Japan Rail Pass holders will require an additional hour, because they cannot use the faster Nozomi and Mizuho trains, and have to use Hikari and Sakura trains instead.
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Miyazaki City is located on the south eastern coast of Kyushu, and can be accessed by rail or air. The city is centered around Miyazaki Station which has convenient train connections to Miyazaki Airport. Most of the city's attractions, such as Miyazaki Shrine, the Prefectural and Science Museums, and the Seagaia Resort are located near the city center and are accessible by public transportation.
The city has an adequate bus network with Miyazaki Station as its hub. There is bus service to all the local attractions, and most are also within reasonable walking distance of a JR train station. Note however, that connections can be infrequent. For those who primarily use buses, a one day bus pass is available on weekends and holidays for 500 yen.
A rental car is not necessary to explore Miyazaki; however, it is convenient especially if traveling to attractions outside the city such as Udo Shrine. Rental outlets are located at the airport and around the city center.