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Aoshima, 2 Chome-13 Aoshima, Miyazaki, Miyazaki Prefecture 889-2162, Japan

Cross the bridge to this pretty little island and leave the clamor of the city behind. Ringed by white-sand beaches, Aoshima Island hides two tranquil shrines in its jungly heart. The larger of the two, Aoshima Jinja, is believed to...

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Japan, 〒880-0035 Miyazaki-ken, Miyazaki-shi, 下北方町越ヶ迫6146

Haniwa Garden, located in Heiwadai Park, features a collection of more than 400 replica haniwa (burial statues) depicting everything from boats and buildings to warriors and animals. Historically, the clay statues were used as a tribute to the...

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2 Chome-4-1 Jingū, Miyazaki-shi, Miyazaki-ken 880-0053, Japan

Claiming the title of Miyazaki’s oldest shrine, Miyazaki Jingu was said to have been founded more than 2,600 years ago during the reign of Jimmu Tenno, the first emperor. The Shinto shrine was rebuilt in 1907 at the...

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Miyake, Saito, Miyazaki Prefecture 881-0005, Japan

Designated a National Historical Site in 1952, the Saitobaru Burial Grounds area features more than 300 kofun, or burial mounds, which were constructed between the 4th and 7th centuries. Visitors can meander through trails among the mounds, which...

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Fans of Japanese mythology will find three powerful spots linked to the Japanese creation myths in Citizen’s Forest: Eda Shrine, Misogi Goten and Misogi-ike. According to legend, Izanagi No Mikoto and his sister-lover Izanami No Mikoto...

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2 Chome-4-4 Jingū, Miyazaki-shi, Miyazaki-ken 880-0053, Japan

To get a taste of old Japan, check out the Miyazaki Prefectural Museum of Nature and History. It features a variety of exhibits on Miyazaki, including archaeology, artifacts and some life-size displays. Behind the institution is Minkaen, a...

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For unparalleled views of the coastline, head to Hyuga Cape in the northern part of Miyazaki Prefecture, in the Nippo Kaigan Quasi-National Park. Hyuga Cape is an ocean lookout atop Umagase, a towering cliff of upright rocks, some of which stand...

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Japan, 〒883-0001 宮崎県日向市伊勢ヶ浜

Dedicated to the Japanese sun goddess, Amaterasu, the Omi Shrine may be small, but its oceanside setting is still impressive. At the shrine is a large round stone called a dragon egg and a massive boulder made of fused pebbles and rocks. The...

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Mimitsumachi, Hyuga, Miyazaki Prefecture 889-1111, Japan

History lives in Hyuga’s Mimitsu district, where structures from the Edo and Meiji periods have been restored, including the white walls of the kura (Japanese storehouse) that fringe its cobblestoned streets. This charming former port town...

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A destination for surfers, Miyazaki Prefecture is home to several popular beaches known for their breaks and warm waters. Peak season is from August to October. One of the most popular in northern Miyazaki is Okuragahama Beach, which can get...