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MIYAZAKI Prefecture

Area: 7,735 km2
Population: 1,120 million
Region: Kyushu
Capital: Miyazaki

photo by TANAKA Juuyoh (田中十洋)


Miyazaki Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan located on the island of Kyushu. The capital is the city of Miyazaki.
Miyazaki Prefecture is located on the eastern coast of the island of Kyushu, surrounded by the Pacific Ocean to the south and east, Ōita Prefecture to the north, and Kumamoto and Kagoshima Prefectures to the west.

MIYAZAKI CITY
Miyazaki is the capital city of Miyazaki Prefecture on the island of Kyushu in Japan. Located on the coast and crossed by several rivers, Miyazaki City enjoys scenic views of both ocean and nearby, verdant mountains.
The city is the primary shopping destination for eastern Kyushu residents in smaller towns around the prefecture.
A popular resort destination for Japanese tourists, the city offers many attractions, including the SeaGaia event center, the Phoenix Zoo, and many large hotels and onsens (hot springs).

Heiwadai Tower or "Peace Tower", in the expansive Heiwadai park, is a must-see for tourists. Originally the "Tower of the Emperor," symbolising Japanese imperial expansion, it was renamed for peace after the events of World War II.
Aoshima Island and shrine, only minutes south of the city, boasts some rare rock formations among a peaceful beach setting, and is a popular relaxation and play destination for locals and travellers alike. The fascinating Aoshima Subtropical Botanical Garden is also located nearby.
WHAT TO DO AND WHAT TO SEE
The Nichinan Coastline - a tropical paradise. with the Pacific Ocean spread out below, wave-shape rocks along the coastline and shore lined with Phoenix palms.Beautiful flowers blooms in tropical atmosphere.

Obi Castle Town - This was the main castle of the Ito clan during the Edo period (1603-1867). The castle's front gate, and the "Matsuo-no-maru" hall have been restored, and the stone wall which surrounded the castle during the Edo period still remains.

Udo Shrine - A shrine is located in a cave on a cliff next to the ocean. People come here to pray for long and happy marriages, easy childbirth, healthy children, and safety at sea.

Nishi-no-Shosoin - A building that is a replica of the Shosoin Treasure House, built at the Todaiji temple in Nara in the 8th century. Inside are artefacts,such as a bronze mirror.

Shusen-no-Mori - At this theme park, you can try your hand at traditional Japanese industrial arts.

Miyazaki City Phoenix Natural Zoo - At this natural zoo you can come face to face with a myriad of animals, both big and small, (there are even Flamingoes), from all around the world.

Heiwadai Park - Standing on top of a hill with a panoramic view of Miyazaki city is a tower which symbolizes peace. Throughout the year there are many flowers in bloom all over the park.

Miyazaki Shrine - This shrine, surrounded by untouched forest, is the site of many festivals throughout the year. The biggest is the "Aki-no-Taisai" festival, held each October. During this festival, there is a big parade of richly decorated "Shan Shan" horses (so named due to the sound the bells they wear make) and people dressed in traditional Japanese clothing, all the way from the shrine to the middle of town.
GETTING THERE
By plane
Miyazaki has its own airport. JAL and ANA have regular flights from Tokyo Haneda Airport, Osaka Itami Airport and various other locations throughout Japan. There are also flights to Seoul and Taipei through Asiana and EVA respectively.
Buses connect the airport to the main Miyazaki station in 25 minutes, while the JR Miyazaki Airport Line runs 1-2 trains per hour to Minami-Miyazaki station.

By train
Most people will take the Kirishima limited express which makes multiple daily runs from Kagoshima.
If you connect to the Shinkansen in Kagoshima, it is anouther 2 hours for Hakata to Kagoshima (2.5 hours from Kukura).
You can take a single Shinkansen from Shin-Osaka to Kagoshima in 4.5-5 hours.
Another option, the more scenic route, from Kokura station in Kitakyushu, the first stop in Kyushu on the San'yo Shinkansen, is to take the Sonic limited express to Oita or Beppu and transfer to the Nichirin limited express.

By bus
Hourly buses run from Fukuoka to Miyazaki in about 4 1/2 hours
CLIMATE/ TEMPERATURE
Miyazaki has a humid subtropical climate that is mild and constantly moist. Summers are hot and muggy with thunderstorms. Winters are mild with precipitation from mid-latitude cyclones. Seasonality is moderate.
In the winter time records indicate temperatures by day reach 13.5°C on average and falling to 2.8°C overnight.
In spring time temperatures climb reaching 20.3°C generally in the afternoon, with overnight lows of 10.9°C .
During summer average high temperatures are 29.7°C and average low temperatures are 22.2°C.
Come autumn/ fall temperatures decrease achieving average highs of 23.9°C during the day and lows of 14.5°C generally shortly after sunrise.
WHAT TO WEAR
During summer, you should be fine if you wear a short-sleeved shirt, t-shirt or a dress, however a long sleeved shirt is highly recommended if you choose to go near water or to the mountains.
In the winter, be sure to bring warm clothes such as winter coat or jacket, hat, scarf and gloves.
For the spring and autumn a light jacket or a sweater should keep you warm.
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