Miyazaki Prefecture is located along the southeastern coast of Kyushu. It is known for beautiful mountainous and coastal scenery and mild climate. Prefectural capital is Miyazaki City wuth a population of about 399,800 people.
Some of the most visited sightseeing spots in Miyazaki.
Aoshima Island is a small, beautiful island just off of the coast of the resort beaches south of Miyazaki City. Aoshima is connected to the mainland by a bridge and is ringed by white beaches surrounding a subtropical jungle at the island's center. It is a 1.5 kilometer walk around Aoshima's beaches with a number of canvas stands selling souvenirs along the way. At the center of the island is Aoshima Jinja, a colorful shrine set back in the jungle that is said to bring luck to married couples.
Take a local or rapid train on the JR Nichinan Line from Miyazaki Station to Aoshima Station. The trip takes 30 minutes and is covered by the Japan Rail Pass. The island is about a five minute walk from the station.
Takachiho is a town in northern Miyazaki Prefecture that is steeped in Japanese mythology. It is the supposed site of legend where Amaterasu, the Shinto Sun Goddess, disturbed by her brother's cruel pranks, hid herself in a cave, prompting the other gods and goddesses to try and lure her out. It is also the disputed landing place of the god Ninigi no Mikoto, grandson of Amaterasu, who was sent down from heaven to establish the lineage of Japanese emperors, a distinction which it competes for with Mount Takachiho-no-mine in Kirishima National Park.
Takachiho is known as a "power spot", a place of profound religious importance and natural beauty, which radiates spiritual energy. Among the best spots for a spiritual experience are Amano Iwato Shrine and Takachiho Gorge on a calm day.
From Miyazaki Station, take either the JR Nichirin or Hyuga limited express, about 70 minutes with 1 train per hour, or a local train for about 100 minutes to Nobeoka Station. From Nobeoka Station, take a bus to the Takachiho Bus Center for 90 minutes.