The national capital Tokyo is situated 200 miles (322 kilometers) east of Kitago, while Nagoya lies 65 miles (105 kilometers) to the southeast.
While it may be tempting to simply sit back and relax when holidaying in Kitago, keep in mind that Miyazaki 's abundance of natural sights, cities and towns lie just beyond your doorstep. Places in the vicinity of Kitago are Tsuruga, 19 miles (31 kilometers) to the north, and Awara, 20 miles (32 kilometers) to the south.
About 11 miles (18 kilometers) to the north of Kitago is Fukui, an important regional center home to Asuwayama Park, Yokokan Garden and Fukui Prefectural Museum of Cultural History. Ensure you don't head back to Kitago until you've spent a little time at Fukui's Fukui Castle Ruins, Maruoka Castle and Fukui Prefectural Stadium.
Before you embark on your adventures do as the savvy travelers do and learn to understand a range of important words in Japanese. "Isshoni odorimasenka?" translates to "Would you like to dance with me?" "Where's the toilet?" is another good one know, so learn to pronounce "Benjo wa doko desu ka?"
At the end of your stay in Kitago, say goodbye the way they do in Japanese, with a hearty "Sayōnara."