Top Choice Shinto Shrine in Takachiho


One of Shintō's loveliest shrines honours the cave where Amaterasu hid. The cave itself is off-limits, but Nishi Hongū (the shrine's main building) sits right across the river Iwato-gawa. If you're with a Japanese s…
Museum in Miyazaki

Miyazaki Prefectural Museum of Nature & History

Just north of Miyazaki-jingū, Miyazaki Prefectural Museum of Nature & History exhibits items on local history, archaeology, festival artefacts and folkcrafts.
Museum in Miyazaki

Miyazaki Science Centre

Steps away from Miyazaki Station, this interactive science museum boasts one of the world's largest planetariums; some exhibits include English translations.
Gardens in Aoshima

Prefectural Subtropical Plant Garden

Tthe Prefectural Subtropical Plant Garden boasts 64 different species of fruit trees.
Castle in Obi


Only the walls of the original Obi-jō are intact, but the grounds have six important buildings, including the impressive, painstakingly reconstructed Ōte-mon gate and Matsuo-no-maru, the lord's private residence. Th…
Museum in Saitobaru

Saitobaru Archaeological Museum

The large Saitobaru Archaeological Museum displays excavated items like Jōmon pottery, ancient swords, armour and haniwa. Rent the English audioguide (¥400); signage is in Japanese. A hall nearby is built around an …
Museum in Aoshima

Legend of Hyūga Hall

The Legend of Hyūga Hall tells the story of Amaterasu, Emperor Jimmu and the founding of Japan in wax museum-style dioramas with English explanations.
Notable Building in Miyazaki


Shinto Shrine in Miyazaki


This shrine honours the 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 …
Park in Miyazaki


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 mad…