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Updated:December 1, 2011

Places to see

The Nichinan Coastline

As you drive along this breathtaking coastal road, and the blue sky and horizon stretches out before you,you'll realize you really are in a tropical paradise.Take some time to stop and smell the flowers at the Horikiri Pass, view the "Devil's Washboard" rocks of Aoshima Island, and throw a clay ball for good luck at Udo Shrine.

Aoshima Island

Aoshima Island is a small island with a circumference of only 1.5 kms. It is surrounded by a rock formation, created by the crashing waves, known as the "Devil's Washboard".There is also a shrine on the Island that attracts worshippers from far and wide.

Obi Castle Town

This was the main castle of the Ito clan during the Edo period (1603-1867).Prior to that time, many battles were fought between the Ito clan and the Shimazu clan, from neighboring Kagoshima, for possession of the castle. The castle's front gate, and the "Matsuo-no-maru" hall have been painstakingly restored, and the stone wall which surrounded the castle during the Edo period still remains.

Udo Shrine

This 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.


This is Japan's biggest and best collection of burial mounds. There are 311 mounds, with examples of many different styles, including large key-hole shaped burial mounds, and underground cave-type mounds.


This building is a replica of the Shosoin Treasure House, built at the Todaiji temple in Nara in the 8th century. Inside are artifacts,such as a bronze mirror, that reportedly belonged to an exiled Korean king who fled across the sea to Nango town.


At this theme park, you can try your hand at traditional Japanese industrial arts, and sample shochu, wine, and local beer.

Sun Messe Nichinan

On the top of a hill overlooking the nearby Pacific Ocean stand 7 replicas of the Moai of Easter Island.

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.