Not a lot of foreigners hear of Miyazaki, Japan. While it’s certainly not as popular as it used to be, this city located within a prefecture of the same name was once known as a popular honeymoon and outdoor spot in the 80’s and for good reason. One can say that Miyazaki is Japan’s tropical paradise. With its beautiful mountain tops and alluring sea waters, it’s definitely a must see for tourists wanting a unique outdoor escape in the land of the sun.
Miyazaki is located on the south eastern coast of Kyushu Island. The city enjoys the most sunshine hours in the country and has one of the warmest climates which make it a popular holiday destination for beach goers. It offers a lot of scenic views of nature as well as modern museum attractions. Here are just some of the things you can see and do if you decide to visit this serene and beautiful city.
Undoubtedly, the strength of Miyazaki’s tourism lies in its water bodies. The Aoshima Island is a small tranquil island connected to the mainland Miyazaki by a bridge, popular for its rock formations and white sandy beaches. During hours of low tide, an interesting basalt rock formation called the Devil’s Washboard can be seen along the coast line. Here you’ll also find the Aoshima Shrine which is a colorful shine known for being a shrine of marriage. The beach is also a great surfing spot that both locals and tourists visit in the summer.
The Manai Falls is considered as one of the best waterfalls in Japan. Deep in the mountains of Miyazaki Prefecture, the Manai Falls is tuck away in a scenic spot boasting a gorgeous landscape. The falls is 17m tall and is deeply embedded in Japanese myths and legends connected to the Shinto gods and Japan’s first mythical emperor Jimmu.
Heiwadai Park is also a must see if you’re around the area. It’s a beautiful hilltop park filled with seasonal flowers and vast greenery. It was built in the 1940s to commemorate the 2600th anniversary of emperor Jimmu’s ascension. Inside the park lies the beautiful Peace Tower and an interesting Haniwa Garden. Here you’ll see a collection of over 400 burial statues.
Japan prides itself in its reach flora and fauna and Miyazaki is no different. The Florante Miyazaki is a botanical park where you can enjoy the day surrounded by beautiful flowers and greenery. There are many events and festivals held in Florante Miyazaki depending on which flowers are in season. Around Christmas when the weather is not suitable for growing flowers, the park makes up for the lack of flora with an illumination festival. Thousands of lights illuminate the garden and a Christmas tree with dancing lights serve as the main attraction.
Miyazaki might not be as popular as the other Japanese cities but its beautiful natural wonders and rich history are certainly worth the trip. If you’re looking for a quiet nature getaway with breathtaking views, Miyazaki is the place to be.