How to travel within Miyazaki Prefecture
When traveling to a new city, one of the most important things to consider is how to get around. Renting a car isn’t always an option due to license restrictions and let’s face it, it means you can’t enjoy a mid-afternoon beer. When visiting Miyazaki, there are a few ways to easily get around for an affordable price, so let’s take a look at what is available.
If you want to visit multiple tourist attractions in a day, purchasing a VISIT BUS PASS( Website) gives you a 1-day pass for most fixed route busses within Miyazaki Prefecture. This bus pass costs 1500yen and you will need to present both your passport and return flight ticket (or equivalent travel document) when purchasing. There are some bus routes which are not included in the bus pass, so we recommend that you read through the website to check if the route you want to take is available first. The website is available in English, Chinese, Simplified Chinese and Korean.
We did some research of our own and came up with an example route you could take with the VISIT BUS PASS to see popular locations in the south of Miyazaki Prefecture.
- Miyazaki Station 8:25 am ⇒ Obi Town, Nichinan City 10:36 am
- Obi Town, Nichinan City 12:40 pm ⇒ Aburatsu, Nichinan city 1:00 pm
- Aburatsu, Nichinan city 2:10 pm ⇒ Udo Jingu Shrine 2:32 pm
- Udo Jingu Shrine 3:26 pm ⇒ Sun Messe Nichinan 3:31 pm
- Sun Messe Nichinan 4:47 pm ⇒ Aoshima 5:18 pm
- Aoshima 6:12 pm⇒ Miyazaki City
Obi town is known for its ancient streets and castle ruins of the Obi Castle. Enjoy wandering the streets and taking in the atmosphere.Obi Town, Nichinan City 12:40 pm ⇒ Aburatsu, Nichinan city 1:00 pm
Aburatuse is the port town area of Nichinan City and the Gintengai Arcade has gone through major renovations over the past few years. It is a perfect spot to wander around as it’s filled with interesting stores and plenty of places to get some lunch.
Aburatsu, Nichinan city 2:10 pm ⇒ Udo Jingu Shrine 2:32 pm
Udo Jingu Shrine is one of the most famous shrines in Miyazaki Prefecture and is a must visit location. The shrine located within a cave on a cliff face is a sight to behold.Udo Jingu Shrine 3:26 pm ⇒ Sun Messe Nichinan 3:31 pm
Sun Messe Nichinan is home to replicas of the Moai statues found on Easter Island. It is also a great location to get a panoramic view of the Nichinan coastline.
Sun Messe Nichinan 4:47 pm ⇒ Aoshima 5:18 pm
Aoshima Shrine is another famous shrine in the region which is located on a small island accessed by a walking bridge. Apart from the shrine, the Aoshima coastline is famous for surfing and the long beautiful stretch of beach is a perfect place to kick back and enjoy the tropical feel of Miyazaki.
Aoshima 6:12 pm⇒ Miyazaki City
If you are looking to travel not only within Miyazaki Prefecture but the wider area of Southern Kyushu, the SUNQ Pass is a great way to get around. This pass not only gives you access to fixed route busses but also highway buses for traveling between prefectures. If you purchase the Southern Kyushu Pass, you can travel anywhere within and between Miyazaki, Kagoshima and Kumamoto Prefecture making it the best way to see southern Kyushu at once. If you do purchase a SUNQ Pass, we recommend visiting the Kirishima area in Kagoshima Prefecture on the border with Miyazaki Prefecture. Kirishima is renowned for its hot springs, national parks, and excellent hiking. Taking the day to explore the raw nature of the Kirishima Mountains and ending the day by relaxing in one of the many natural hot springs is a day you are sure to remember. There is also a fixed route bus which leaves from Kirishima that will take you over to the Ebino Plataue if you are planning to visit the area.
If you are looking for a cheap way to get around Miyazaki City on a Saturday, Sunday, Public holiday or happen to be in town between the 30th of December and the 3rd of January there is a One-coin Pass limited to these days which can be purchased for 500yen at any convenient store. All buses within Miyazaki City are available to you with this pass, making it an extremely affordable and convenient way to travel around the city if you happen to be visiting during the above dates.
We hope this information will help you further enjoy your time in Miyazaki Prefecture and give you the opportunity to see as much of the countless sites Miyazaki has to offer.
VISIT BUS PASS Official WEB: Website
Some photos used in this article were taken at an earlier date.