Miyazaki is a tourism and resort area in southern Kyushu. It is not to be confused with the legendary Japanese animator and filmmaker, Hayao Miyazaki.

Aoshima (青島), (short walk from Aoshima Station on the JR Kyushu Nichinan Line, 30 minutes by car from Miyazaki station, 15 minutes by car from Miyazaki Airport). This is perhaps the main attraction. It is popular mostly because it is centrally located in front of the main beach resort area. That said, this small island is definately worth seeing in its own right. It has some rather unique geology with rock layers pointing up from the sea in a very dramatic way. There is also temple that is said to be helpful for finding a spouse.

Sun Messe Nichinan. exact replicas of 7 Moai Statues of Easter Island.

Udo Shrine. constructed in a cliff side cave.…WikiTravel


10 Mar

Another eruption at a volcano in southwestern Japan sent smoke soaring to a height of 4,500 meters, the highest altitude reached since volcanic activity began 9 days ago. (NHK)

16 Feb

Slightly increased volcanic activity has been reported at Mount Io in southwest Japan. (NHK)

16 Oct

The government expanded the no-go zone around Mt Shinmoe in Kyushu on Sunday as volcanic activities intensified. (Japan Today)

20 Aug

People are crowding into airports and train stations in Japan as they return from “bon” summer holiday travels. (NHK)

2 Jun

Aichi Prefecture said Thursday it will build a theme park based on an anime by director Hayao Miyazaki with the aim of opening it in the early 2020s. (Japan Times)

16 Apr

A tourist train running on tracks of a now-defunct local railway operator in the town of Takachiho, Miyazaki Prefecture, southwestern Japan, is winning popularity for its panoramic views of nature. (Jiji)

23 Feb

The tracks of the now-defunct Takachiho Railway in Miyazaki Prefecture – discontinued due to damage caused by Typhoon No. 14 in 2005 – have been revived as a popular tourist attraction that carried 26,000 passengers in fiscal 2015. (the-japan-news.com)

10 Jul

Officials at Japan’s Meteorological Agency are warning of mudslides and floods in Hokkaido, northern Japan, as well as in Kyushu in the southwest of the country. Both areas have been hit by heavy rain. (NHK)

25 Oct

Japan’s Meteorological Agency is warning that a volcano may erupt in the Kirishima mountain range in Kyushu. Mount Ioyama straddles the southwestern prefectures of Kagoshima and Miyazaki. (NHK)

29 May

Every Japanese person knows about kappa, the tricksy and sometimes dangerous, yet strangely polite, water demons from ancient folklore. But how many have actually seen one in real life? (rocketnews24.com)

25 Jan

Cherry blossoms are expected to bloom at about the usual time or earlier this spring from Kyushu to Kanto and in Hokuriku because temperatures are expected to be temporarily higher than usual in February, according to a weather information firm. (The Japan News)

15 Oct

Kyushu Railway Co.’s luxury sleeper “Seven Stars in Kyushu” went into service on Tuesday, offering passengers what the company calls a “cruise on land” that allows them to stop over to enjoy such attractions as hot springs and the nature of the southwestern Japan region. (Jiji Press)