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Top Choice Sweets 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, strawb…
Top Choice Japanese 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 Depar…
Top Choice Steak in Miyazaki

Miyachiku

If you're going to splurge on Miyazaki gyū (beef), do it at this gracious yakiniku (Korean-style barbecue) and steak house with river views. Lunch set menus are a nice deal, with appetiser, salad, beef, vegetables, …
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 mad…
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 from t…
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 mere…
Noodles in Miyazaki

Togakushi

Workmanlike 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 (pub-eatery) with more than 350 varieties of shōchū (strong distilled liquor), well-chosen local dishes and cool background music. Not much English is spoken, but the 'mama-san' (hos…
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 garde…
Japanese in Miyazaki

Kitchen Hiro Nee

This cosy one-man, one-waitress cafe serves the chef's selections of typical Japanese mains: ginger pork, rice omelettes, braised chicken and veggies. College kids come for home-cooked meals and Hiro's friendly conv…