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Located on the southeast coast of the island of Kyushu, Miyazaki Prefecture is a quiet and relaxing destination. It boasts the second warmest temperatures in Japan (after Okinawa), and it is the ideal place to get off the beaten track, go swimming in the Pacific Ocean and taste the local seafood delicacies. The capital of Miyazaki Prefecture is the city of Miyazaki, a bright and sunny city with a southern resort atmosphere.Find Cruises Sailing to This Port
Miyazaki-jingu, is a shrine sacred to Japan's first emperor, Jinmu. The present sanctuary was reconstructed here in 1907. The oshirafuji (white wisteria) in the shrine grounds is believed to be 600 years old, and has been designated a Natural Monument by the Japanese government. Old wisteria trees, including this tree grow all over the grounds of the shrine. The shrine, famous for the magnificent flowering of trees from middle to late April every year, bustles with visitors. The local people have taken great care to preserve the Jinmu-sama, the forest of the shrine.
From Nobeaka in the north, right down to Nichinan, the whole area is great for those hoping to catch great waves. Though surfing can be done year round, big waves happen between August and October because of typhoon season swells. The main spots for surfing include Kizaki-hama and Aoshima near Miyazaki City, and further north at Kanegahama and Okuragahama.
Miyazaki's culinary scene features plenty of harvest from the sea and soil, which only further add to the city's powerful tourist attraction. From deliciously soft and sweet Miyazaki mangoes to scrumptious sushi made by rolling together shrimp, lettuce and mayonnaise in rice and seaweed, no visit to Miyazaki is complete without biting into some of their culinary specialties.
For all of your shopping needs, head to city's main street, Tachibana-dori which is always crowded with other fellow shoppers. If you're looking for a little cultural shopping, take a look inside Miyakonojo daikyu, a store that produces authentic Japanese bows made of bamboo. It is said that takes over ten years to master the traditional techniques for each process involved in bow-making.
The yen is the official currency of Japan. Many stores and restaurants also accept major credit cards, which usually offer you a good exchange rate. There is no limit on the amount of any currency that may be brought into or taken out of Japan. However, if you transport (any currencies, checks, securities or other monies) exceeding 1,000,000 yen worth in Japanese currency into or out of the country, then you must complete a customs declaration.
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