This post is not about the famous director Hayao Miyazaki. This is about Miyazaki Prefecture in the Kyushu area of Japan.
Oftentimes when tourists come to Japan, they will most likely visit Kyoto, Tokyo or Hokkaido. Why? Because Kyoto, Tokyo, and Hokkaido are the most talked about areas of the Land of the Rising Sun. These three are often, if not always, crowded no matter what the season is. So if you want to avoid crowds, I recommend that you go to Kyushu.
Kyushu consists of 9 prefectures. Among those 9, I highly recommend Miyazaki. Why? Because it’s the only place in Japan (maybe even in the world) that has replicas of the Moai’s of Easter Island. Also, Miyazaki is located along the coast. Thus, you can see the ever magnanimous Pacific Ocean when you drive along the scenic route in Eastern Miyazaki.
Moreover, according to legend, Miyazaki is where the gods and godesses of Japanese Mythology first descended. Whether this is just a story or not, I can say that this whole prefecture is a powerspot. Especially when you go to Udo Jingu or Takachiho area.
They say that Udo Jingu(Udo Shrine) is supposedly where the first ever emperor of Japan, Emperor Jimmu, was born. I must say, Udo Jingu is my second most favorite among the temples and shrines that I have visited in Japan. The shrine is located inside a cave like area up on the cliffs along the coastline.
As for Takachiho area, it’s very far from Miyazaki City but it’s a place worth visiting. In this area, you can see Takachiho Shrine, Takachiho Gorge, and many other interesting places.
So if you’re planning to come to Japan, you must include Miyazaki Prefecture on your checklist.
Thank you for reading and scroll down some more to see some of the pictures I took when I went to Miyazaki.
I took these photos myself. They were taken using a Nikon d3300 with a 35mm Dx lens and an iPhone5s.