Miyazaki, the capital of Miyazaki Prefecture, is located on the southeastern coast of Kyushu, Japan. With one of the warmest climates on the main island, expect resorts, beaches, festivals and a bustling nightlife.
For the design conscious, the ideal base from which to foray the region is the Sheraton Grande Ocean Resort in Miyazaki, which has upped the ante with recently renovated interiors from ILYA Co. and INOUT Co. Ltd. Furnished with Kettal collections, including Mesh, Vieques and Maia designed by Patricia Urquiola; Basket by Nanna y Jorgen Ditzel and Kettal Bitta by Rodolfo Dordoni, and Terrain Fabrics by Doshi Levien, it’s a modern and considered space in which to find travel respite. Located near beaches and popular attractions makes it a prime choice for travellers exploring Japan’s coast.
Tourist attractions include the Miyazaki-Jingu Shrine, the oldest and most important shrine in the city. Dedicated to Emperor Jimmu, the mythical first emperor of Japan, it is believed to have been built more than 2 600 years ago. The shrine’s buildings, constructed of simple, unpainted cedar, sit in the centre of a large, quiet forest.
Other sites include the Heiwadai-kōen park, which boasts a 37m-high Peace Tower monument constructed in 1940, a time when peace in Japan was on its brink. Made of stones from across the world, its timeless design may remind one of ancient Inca or Khmer monuments.
The Miyazaki Prefectural Museum of Nature and History, just north of Miyazaki-jingū, exhibits items on local history, archaeology, festival artefacts and folk crafts. Behind the museum, Minka-en features four traditional-style Miyazaki farmhouses and other outbuildings.
Travel wouldn’t be complete without a taste of the local gastronomy, and Miyazaki offers an exciting, varied selection of local spots and typical flavours. Japan is a country rich in culture, dynamic design and innovation, tradition and experiences. Plan your trip using Lonely Planet’s succinct travel ideas at lonelyplanet.com
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