Miyazaki 宮崎

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Miyazaki is the prefectural capital city of Miyazaki Prefecture. Miyazaki city is a pleasant seaside town popular with people on vacation and a fun place to base yourself to visit the many attractions the prefecture has to offer.

  • Nearest Airport

    Miyazaki (KMI)

    10 minutes by train

    25 minutes by bus

  • Train Stations

    Miyazaki Station (JR Nippo Main Line)

    Miyazaki Jingu Station (JR Nippo Main Line)

    Hasugaike Station (JR Nippo Main Line)

  • Districts

    Miyazaki Prefectural Art Museum

    Miyazaki Shrine

    Haniwa Garden

Miyazaki History

Modern day Miyazaki Prefecture was divided among a number of clans (domains) during the Edo Period (1603-1867) including the powerful Shimazu clan based in Kagoshima to the south, the Nobeoka clan to the north around the modern town of that name and the Sadowara and Obi clans.


The town of Takachiho, in Miyazaki  Prefecture is connected with the myths surrounding Japan's creation at Amano Iwato Shrine, where the sun goddess Amaterasu was found hiding in a cave by Tajikarao and enticed out by a comic and bawdy dance by Ameno-Uzume, thus creating the world. Moreover, the beautiful Takachiho Gorge, about four hours by car or bus from Miyazaki attracts tourists from all over Japan.


Miyazaki is also associated with the mythical first emperor of Japan, Jimmu. The Emperor is supposed to have lived in the 7th century BCE and legendary site of his palace was placed in modern-day Miyazaki. Moreover, the Kibana-jinja Shrine is said to have welcomed the goddess Ko-no-hana (symoblized by the cherry blossom). It is there that she would have given birth to the sons of her husband: Ninigi no Mikoto, grandson of the goddess Amaterasu and grandfather of the Emperor Jimmu.


In 1940 the Hakko Ichiu pillar was constructed as part of the celebrations of the 2,600th anniversary of the mythical founding of Japan. The 37m-tall tower is now (incongruously) part of the Heiwadai-koen Peace Park. Hakko Ichiu ("Eight corners of the world under one roof") was a slogan adopted as part of Japan's growing colonial expansionism in the 1930s and 1940s.

Other celebrations of this nationalistic "anniversary" in 1940 include the enshrining of the Emperor Komei, the father of Emperor Meiji and the last Japanese monarch to permanently live in Kyoto, in Heian Shrine.

Woodblock print depicting legendary first emperor Jimmu

Woodblock print depicting legendary first emperor Jimmu

By Ginko Adachi (active 1874-1897) - artelino - Japanese Prints - Archive 29th May 2009, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=6894916

Miyazaki Jingu is dedicated to the mythical Emperor Jimmu and the shrine grounds are full of pleasant woods and roaming semi-wild chickens.

Miyazaki Shrine hosts a number of festivals throughout the year including a demonstration of yabusame - horse back archery.

Further north of the city, Eda Jinja, nestled in a pine wood, is dedicated to the divine couple: Izanagi and Izanami, god and goddess founders of Japan.

Miyazaki Jingu

Miyazaki Jingu

By z tanuki, CC BY 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=57059160

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Ogre's Washboards and torii of Aoshima Shrine

Ogre's Washboards and torii of Aoshima Shrine

By z tanuki, CC BY 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=57073431


Travel to Miyazaki with a Regional Japan Rail Pass

  • Included : Economic and simple, Unlimited travel

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