Introducing Miyazaki Prefecture
Miyazaki-ken (宮崎県) is best known for its palmy, balmy coastline from the city of Miyazaki southwards. Surfing, fishing boats and picturesque coastal drives here may remind you of California or the Italian Riviera. At the prefecture's northern reaches (easier accessed from Kumamoto) is lovely Takachiho, mythical home of the sun goddess Amaterasu.
Although there are train and bus services, the most rewarding way to explore this diverse prefecture is by car.