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Miyazaki (Aburatsu), Japan

Miyazaki (Aburatsu), Japan

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. 

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Miyazaki (Aburatsu), Japan

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The One Thing You Don't Want to Miss

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.

Sporting Adventures

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.

Other Fun Things to Do

  • When clouds threaten a day of swimming in the Pacific Ocean, head to the Sea Gaia Ocean Dome, the world's largest indoor water park. This indoor beach oasis features a flame-spitting volcano, hi-tech wave machinery and crushed white marble sand.
  • If you have children in tow, visit the Miyazaki City Phoenix Natural Zoo, home to an incredible variety of animals. Make sure you catch one of the daily shows featuring a parade of goats or one that captures the intelligence of chimpanzees.
  • Enjoy a small hike to Heiwadai-koen Park, located northwest from the Miyazaki-jingu shrine. The park offers a panoramic view of the city and the Sea of Hyuga.

Get a Taste of Local Flavor

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. 

Shopping for Bargains

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.

Local Currency

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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