Top ChoiceSweets in Miyazaki

Okashi no Hidaka

At this family-run legend, in business since the early 1950s, peruse the refrigerator case of luscious-looking Japanese and Western pastries, but order the giant nanjakō-daifuku (dumpling of sweet bean paste,...

Top ChoiceJapanese in Miyazaki

Ogura Honten

Chikin nanban (sweet fried chicken with tartar sauce; pictured on the menu) was invented here in 1961, and crowds still flock to this no-frills shop under a red-and-white awning, in the alley behind Yamakataya...

Top ChoiceSteak in Miyazaki

Miyachiku

If you're going to splurge on Miyazaki gyū (beef), do it at this gracious yakiniku and steak house with river views. Lunch set menus are a nice deal, with appetiser, salad, beef, vegetables, dessert and coffee.

Park in Miyazaki

Heiwadai-kōen

The park's centrepiece is the 37m-high Peace Tower monument constructed in 1940, a time when peace in Japan was about to disappear. Its timeless design may remind you of ancient Inca or Khmer monuments, and it's...

Cafe in Miyazaki

Actors Square Coffee

A cool, young vibe pervades this spacious, mid-century-styled cafe perched above the arcade. Sip coffees from around the world or original coffee drinks like the 'grasshopper' or the trail-mix latte, or order...

Sushi in Miyazaki

Ippei Sushi

This cosy, family-style shop is credited as the inventor, in 1966, of the retasu maki (lettuce roll) sushi, in which crunchy lettuce substitutes for nori (seaweed) around shrimp, rice and house-made mayonnaise. A...

Noodles in Miyazaki

Togakushi

Togakushi has no English menu, but any difficulties this may present are worth it for the delicate, thin kama-age udon (barrel-boiled wheat noodles; ¥650), for dipping in a tangy negi (green onion) sauce,...

Bar in Miyazaki

Igokochiya Anbai

Anbai is a sophisticated izakaya with more than 350 varieties of shōchū, well-chosen local dishes and cool background music. Not much English is spoken, but the 'mama-san' (hostess) is extremely kind, and if you...

Bar in Miyazaki

The Bar

This hub of the expat community and its local friends draws a cheery mixed crowd who are proud of the city and keen to welcome visitors over Miyazaki-brewed craft beers, mojitos made with mint from the owner's...

Shinto Shrine in Miyazaki

Miyazaki-jingū

This shrine honours Emperor Jimmu, the semi-mythical first emperor of Japan and founder of the Yamato court. Spectacular centuries-old wisteria vines cover the thickly forested grounds and bloom in April. It's a...

Museum in Miyazaki

Miyazaki Science Centre

Steps away from Miyazaki Station, this family-friendly interactive science museum boasts one of the world's largest planetariums; some exhibits include English translations. Look for the life-size rocket replica...

Arts & Crafts in Miyazaki

Miyazaki Products Shop Konne

Across from a park, this place sells local wood crafts, clay haniwa (earthenware totems), lacquer and glassware, a small collection of traditional masks and dolls, plus lots of snacks and a wall of shōchū (strong...

Cultural in Miyazaki

Yabusame

Witness samurai-style archery on horseback at Miyazaki-jingū. Archers dress in Kamakura-period costumes, and when they hit the target are greeted with confetti and cheers.

Cultural in Miyazaki

Miyazaki-jingū Grand Festival

This festival celebrates the harvest with horses and mikoshi (portable shrines) being carried through the streets. It's headquartered at Miyazaki-jingū.

Fireworks in Miyazaki

Fireworks

One of Kyūshū's largest fireworks shows lights up the summer sky over the Ōyodo-gawa.

Yakitori in Miyazaki

Maruman Honten

This homely shop serves jidori (local chicken), full of flavour but tougher and cooked rarer than you may be used to. The standard is momoyaki (grilled chicken leg), but tataki (seared; ¥700) and sashimi (what...

Japanese in Miyazaki

Family Ogura Segashira-ten

This kitsch-filled spot is larger and has shorter queues than its sister, the original Ogura Honten in the town centre, but it still serves famous chikin nanban and a wider range of other dishes (point at plastic...

Italian in Miyazaki

Bosco

This intimate trattoria has an open kitchen, two large tables and a long counter badly in need of 'no smoking' signs. Shrimp and avocado spaghetti in cream sauce is the signature dish, but anything is sure to...

Korean in Miyazaki

Apas

Sample Miyazaki beef for less than an arm and a leg with yakiniku (Korean barbecue) at this sister shop of famed beef specialist Miyachiku. Two-person dinner sets (from ¥2500 per person) are a good deal. It also...

Museum in Miyazaki

Miyazaki Prefectural Museum of Nature & History

Just north of Miyazaki-jingū, this museum exhibits items on local history, archaeology, festival artefacts and folk crafts. Behind the museum, Minka-en (民家園) features four traditional-style Miyazaki farmhouses...