This is my first visit to Miyazaki(宮崎) from Kumamoto. It is located in the center of Miyazaki Prefecture. Full of Magnificent Nature, verity of Cuisines, Adventuring such as Surfing, Diving etc. and the most famous fruit, Miyazaki Mango this place is a treat to visit!
If you are in Kumamoto and planning to visit Miyazaki. Then, here are all the tips you’ll need to know for your first visit to Miyazaki from Kumamoto.
How to get in: Public Transport
There are various way to go to Miyazaki from Kyushu… But the best way is from Kumamoto as it’s nearest to Miyazaki as you can see in below map. There is a Bus Nanpu-go (なんぷう号) from Kumamoto.
If you love the essence of natural beauty while traveling then I personally recommend you to go by Bus. There is a bus i.e. Nanpu-go (なんぷう号) which goes to Miyazaki Sta. from Kumamoto Sta. (熊本駅) via Kumamoto Kotsu Center (熊本交通センター) providing around 3 hours journey in the lap of nature.
I personally recommend you to take a window seat and just feel the Breathtaking Nature from Miyahara to Hitoyoshi. What a romantic sight; there are many short tunnels, river which divides the mountains and the clouds floating just like Heaven.
Here is the time-table:
TheNanpu-go (なんぷう号) Bus depart from Kumamoto Sta. and goes via Kumamoto Kotsu Center. Here is a list of Nanpu-go Bus-stop. Please be careful, there is a Non-stop bus which has limited stop.
07:38 ⇨ Depart from Kumamoto Station (Platform #3)
07:50⇨ Depart From Kumamoto Koutsu Center (Platform #25)
There is a break time @ Miyahara(宮原) & Kirishima(霧島) for 15 minutes each. You can refresh, buy some sweets and explore the beauty of nature.
11:25 ⇨ Arrived @ Miyazaki Station
Sightseeing Spots in Miyazaki:
Miyazaki has full of wonders & hot spots that attract you. Let’s understand it easily by talking separately about Western, Central, Southern, Northern areas.
Western Area: Sekino-o Falls
It is in Miyakonojo City (都城市) and considered as one of the best waterfall in Japan. That scenic beautiful waterfall was formed by Kakuto pyroclastic flows. For more details click here.
It is believed that there’s a spiritual power there! A positive vibe through fine water droplets in the air, the mesmerizing water sound that will make you relax.
Central Area: Aoshima (青島)
A small beautiful island (1.5 km) surrounded by rocks formed by waves know as the “Devil’s Washboard”. It is just 25 minutes from Miyazaki Sta. by car. For more details click here.
If you have time, visit Miyazaki Shrine (宮崎神宮) and Miyazaki City Phoenix Zoo.
Southern Area: Sun Messe Nichinan
This relaxing park has seven carved replicas of Moai statues from Easter Island. Just 40 minutes far from Miyazaki Sta. by car. For more details click here.
Northern Area: Takachiho
This power spot is a special. So for this, I have a separate blog. Please read here.
Miyazaki is a treasure of foods and specially known for local chicken, beef, fruits (Mango). Chicken-nanban(チキン南蛮). If you are near by Miyazaki Sta. then, you must go to Tachiba-no-doori(橘通り), please mention that it remains close on every Tuesday.
So, I personally visited the another place and would like to recommend you to go for Lunch. Ogura Restaurant (おぐら本店・瀬頭店). You may go for Chicken-nanban(チキン南蛮). A deep-fried chicken marinated with nanbansu vinegar. The taste is just WOW!
If you are in Japan, then you must visit Miyazaki “The Heaven of Japan” and stay their at-least 2-3days. If you are going for the same day tour for Miyazaki, or, you are on business tour and have only few hours but don’t know what to do? Then I would recommend you to take a rental cycle (ゆるチャリMAP) from the Miyazaki Sta. and take around their. Don’t forget to take free Footbath (足湯) @ Hotel Hamaso (ホテル浜荘).
Hope it will help you in traveling from Kumamoto to Miyazaki and how to enjoy there! Have a nice journey!