Visitor attractions in Miyakonojo City, Miyazaki Prefecture, Kyushu

It’s a place for the active earth belonging to the Kirishima volcanic belt and the magnificent nature spreading above it. And it is a place where the history of samurai culture cultivated by the strong general Shimazu in the Sengoku period still alive. Miyakonojo City is a place full of dynamic charms.

There are few tourist facilities here, but instead, there are untouched blessings of nature and good old Japanese landscapes and human activities that modern people have forgotten.

Using Yuyukan, an activity-oriented accommodation/guest house located at the foot of Kirishima mountain range, as a base for your trip, please enjoy the nature of Miyakonojo City, the abundance of food, and wonder of natural hot springs.

1.Large panoramic view of Kirishima mountain range, Mt. Takachiho-no-mine and Kanemidake

For Miyakonojo citizens, Mt. Takachiho-no-mine is an indispensable mountain, and it is a beautiful sacred mountain representing the local area. It is also known as the highest peak of the nearby Kirishima mountain range, and is said to be the setting of the legend of Tenson Korin (the descent to earth of the grandson of the sun goddess) in Kojiki (“Record of Ancient Matters”) and Nihonshoki (the oldest chronicles of Japan) the oldest existing history books in Japan.

It is said to be the birthplace of Japan’s Imperial Family, but it is also famous as a mecca for mountain climbing in Japan, with 2 climbing routes, Tensonkorin Course and Futakoishi Course.

In addition, from autumn to spring, you can see the fantastic beauty of the sea of clouds from the Kanemidake Park. If the weather and the timing are right, you will be able to see a breathtaking scene.

Location: Miike-cho, Miyakonojo City, Miyazaki Prefecture (Mt. Takachiho-no-mine)
Location: 11449-60 Umekita-cho, Miyakonojo City, Miyazaki Prefecture (Kanemidake Park)

2.Sekinoo Falls, one of the most famous water sources in Japan

Kirishima Geopark located spanning Miyazaki and Kagoshima Prefectures is a magnificent scenic area created by the volcanic activities of ancient Kirishima Mountain. Located in Kirishima Geopark, Sekinoo Falls is designated as Japan’s natural monument and is one of Japan’s top 100 waterfalls.

Sekinoo Falls consists of 3 waterfalls called Otaki (“Great Fall”), Odaki (“Male Fall”), and Medaki (“Female Fall”). The roaring sound of the Otaki, which is 40 meters wide and 18 meters high, is far more powerful than the visitors can imagine. There is a thrilling suspension bridge in front of the waterfall, and there are a group of potholes where you can enjoy playing in the river.

Location: Sekinoo-cho, Miyakonojo City, Miyazaki Prefecture (inside Sekinoo Park)
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3.Kirishima Factory Garden, Japan’s largest place for shochu

Miyakonojo City is also known as the Shochu no Sato (“Home of Shochu”) representing Japan. Kirishima Factory Garden is one of the largest shochu makers in Japan, run by the Kirishima Shuzo Co., Ltd. which is known for its products such as Kuro Kirishima, Aka Kirishima, and Shiro Kirishima.

Visitors can enjoy a tour inside the factory, and there are also museum, restaurant, and a bakery. Visitors can also take home Kirishima Rekkasui (“fissure water”) the famous water used to make shochu. It is one of the popular visitor attractions in Miyakonojo city.

Location: 5480 Shibita-cho, Miyakonojo City, Miyazaki Prefecture
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4.Fureai no Oka, where you can experience nature and local life

Fureai no Oka is located on the site of the Yuyukan, an activity-oriented accommodation/guest house located at the foot of Kirishima mountain range where the magnificent natural scenery spreads and is a 5-minute walk from the building you will be staying. This is an authentic farm where small children can experience horseback riding for the first time and advanced riders can enjoy riding a horse outside the farm.

The site covers an area of nearly 50,000 square meters with horseback riding trails, an open space for interacting with animals, hands-on farm, an orchard, and a flower garden. Also, there is a natural hot spring just 5 minutes away by car. It is a new tourist spot that many of the local people in Miyakonojo still don’t know, where you can enjoy various activities while feeling the air of nature.

Location: 4480 Nakagirishima, Yamada-cho, Miyakonojo City, Miyazaki Prefecture
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5.Takachiho Farm, one of the largest tourist farm in the local area

Takachiho Farm is also located at the foot of the Kirishima mountain range where you can enjoy milking cows, horseback riding, and making sausages and ice cream. This tourist farm is popular for couples and families.

You can also interact with animals, see the process of milk manufacturing, and enjoy a Japanese dish called Genghis Khan or Mongolian mutton barbecue at Makiba no Restaurant (“Restaurant of the Ranch”). You will never get tired of the variety of activities available the whole day. The soft ice cream that you can enjoy while soaking in the foot bath is superb, and the flowers of each season blooming in the farm also entertain your eyes.

Location: 5265-103 Yoshinomoto-cho, Miyakonojo City, Miyazaki Prefecture
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6.Kirishima Eggs Farm, with amazing omelet rice

Miyakonojo City, where the livestock industry is thriving, is known as Japan’s largest producer of not only pork and beef but also chicken. In the Miyakonojo, Kirishima Eggs Farm, located near the border between Miyazaki and Kagoshima Prefectures, has become a popular tourist spot.

The popular menu for people who visit this place is the omelet rice. They use super fresh eggs from pastured chickens on the farm, and you will be impressed by the fluffy egg texture. You shouldn’t miss also the all-you-can-eat salads and desserts they offer.

Location: 5265-145 Yoshinomoto-cho, Miyakonojo City, Miyazaki Prefecture
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7.Roadside Station Miyakonojo, where you can find agricultural and livestock products that Miyakonojo is proud of

The Shirasu Plateau, created by the ancient volcanic eruptions that spread through the Miyakonojo Basin, has provided abundant water and fertile soil to the land of Miyakonojo.

Thanks to that, Miyakonojo City has become one of the largest producers of agricultural products in Japan and is the largest producer of livestock products such as Kurobuta (“Black Berkshire”). Additionally, in recent years, the city has become famous for Miyazaki Beef, two-time-champion of the Wagyu Olympics.

If you want to experience the grace of food of Miyakonojo City, please visit Roadside Station Miyakonojo, where you can get local specialties and enjoy a lot of local food at the restaurant.

Location: 5225-1 Tohoku-cho, Miyakonojo City, Miyazaki Prefecture
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8.Miyakonojo Shimazu Residence, the origin of a brave general in the Sengoku period Shimazu

Shimazu Family who became famous as a valiant Sengoku Daimyo and ruled this area as the lord of the Satsuma Domain in the Edo period, became a leading figure who greatly influenced Japan from the end of the Edo period to the Meiji Restoration. In fact, Miyakonojo City is called “birthplace of the Shimazu Family” and in the past, this area was the area where the largest manor called Shimazu Manor spread.

The Miyakonojo Shimazu Residence that remains in the urban area of Miyakonojo is a precious historical spot where you can learn about the history of the Shimazu Family and life after the Meiji period. The Miyakonojo Shimazu Denshokan (“tradition museum”) inside the place also exhibits historical materials that are must-see for history fans.

Location: 18-5 Hayasuzu-cho, Miyakonojo City, Miyazaki Prefecture
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9.Miyakonojo Yumi Matsuri (“Archery Festival”), held annually in the sacred place of Kyudo

Miyakonojo is a city where samurai culture and spirit are still alive. The city is also known as “the best place of archery bows in Japan” and boasts the largest production of bamboo bows in Japan. Also, the National Kyudo Tournament is held in late March every year, making the city a sacred place for those involved in Kyudo (Japanese art of archery).

At the National Kyudo Tournament, Miyakonojo Daikyu (large archery bow), a nationally designated traditional handicraft, is exhibited and sold, allowing visitors to experience the wonderful history of samurai culture and the heat of the tournament.

Location: Miyakonojo Hayamizu Park Sports Culture Center (held in late March every year)
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10.Kakashi no Sato Yupoppo (“Yupoppo the Village of Scarecrow”), one of the most popular one-day hot spring

Yamada-cho, located at the foot of the Kirishima mountain range, has a one-day hot spring Yupoppo that is loved by locals. It is a natural hot spring with abundant water flowing directly from the source. It is also known as “bath of beauty” and a healing spot.

There are a variety of baths you can enjoy, such as the open-air bath with a nice view, the electric bath, and the cascading bath. The spacious premises are also equipped with “family bath, allowing families to have a relaxing time.

Location: 3340-2 Nakagirishima, Yamada-cho, Miyakonojo City, Miyazaki Prefecture
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11.Yamada Onsen Koryu Center (“Yamada Hot Spring Interchange Center”), a natural hot spring where you can enjoy a rustic atmosphere

Located in the mountains of Yamada-cho, 2 minutes by car from Yuyukan, the one-day hot spring Yamada Onsen Koryu Center is a natural hot spring that continually flows from the source where provides a more rustic taste than Yupoppo. This hot spring has more locals than tourists, and many people visit every day to seek the healing of the hot spring that wells from 1,700 meters below ground.

The type of the hot spring is sodium-bicarbonate, same as Yupoppo, which has a little thick texture. If you are a hot-spring expert, it is recommended to go to this hot spring that gushes out from the mountains.

Location: 1913 Nakagirishima, Yamada-cho, Miyakonojo City, Miyazaki Prefecture
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