See firsthand why Miyazaki is so beloved by international and local tourists alike, by renting a vehicle and setting off to explore the cornucopia of cultural and scenic attractions around Miyakonojo. Miyazaki, lays 25 miles (40 kilometers) to the southwest, and Kanoya can be found 25 miles (40 kilometers) to the northeast.
When you are ready to venture further afield check out the nearest regional area. Miyazaki is 25 miles (40 kilometers) away and features attractions including Miyazaki Shrine, Seagaia Ocean Dome and Sun Marine Stadium. Miyazaki City Phoenix Zoo, Miyazaki Prefectural Museum of Nature and History and Miyazaki Prefectural Art Museum are other attractions in Miyazaki that should be on everyone's list.
Regardless of whether you're taking the well-worn tourst route or the roads less traveled, memorizing some Japanese phrases will endear you with the locals. "Isshoni odorimasenka?" is the Japanese way to say "Would you like to dance with me?" And, for "Where's the toilet?", you can learn how to say "Benjo wa doko desu ka?" Don't be shy, just give it a go!
The 23rd of December is when many people in Japan celebrate Birthday of Emperor Akihito, so be on the look out special events and festivities if you happen to be visiting Miyazaki then.
At the end of your holiday in Miyakonojo, put the lens cap back on your camera, spend your last of your yen on last-minute souvenirs, and bid a fond Sayōnara (farewell) to this spectactular spot.