Where to eat, stay and play in Miyazaki
Home to the main airport in the region, Miyazaki City is the starting point for all the sun and surf activities the coastal prefecture at Kyushu island has to offer. Here’s a quick cheat sheet to get you going.
- October 2018
Home to the main airport to the region, Miyazaki City is the starting point for all the sun and surf activities the coastal prefecture on Kyushu island has to offer. Here’s a quick cheat sheet to get you going.
Recently built, Aoshima Beach Park is the perfect place to hang out in Miyazaki City and grab a bite from one of the many food outlets. Nearby is a small island, where you can visit Aoshima Shrine, connected to the main beach via a footbridge.
Keen for a change of pace? Take a scenic drive along Horikiri Pass and check out the rugged coastline, reminiscent of the Great Ocean Road in Victoria. Stop off at the lookout point where you can grab a soft serve while enjoying the views.
Miyazaki is also home to Phoenix Country Club – ranked one of the top three golf courses in the country.
JidoriAre you brave enough to try free-range chicken you can eat raw? Yes, raw. This special chook is raised and grilled over charcoal in such a way the raw or half-cooked meat won’t make you sick.
Chicken NanbanDig in to this popular deep-fried “southern-style” chicken topped off with a creamy sauce made from hard-boiled egg. Try the chicken nanban at the beach-side Coast Life in Miyazaki City.
ShochuThe preferred alcoholic drink in these parts is shochu, which is distinctly different to sake or the similar sounding (and tasting) Korean soju.
HebesuTry the popular citrus fruit that is similar to lime but without the sourness. Hebesu and mango are the favoured fruit flavourings here. Local mangoes are highly prized. But you’d have to be pretty keen on having one, as they are about AUD $30 each and can reach as much as AUD $100 a pop.
KakigoriShaved ice is a popular dessert in Japan and Miyazaki is the perfect hot-weather place to enjoy it. Kakigori is usually served with topping and flavouring, such as fruit.
By airThe region’s main airport is located in Miyazaki city – a two-hour flight from Tokyo’s Narita International Airport.
By trainYou can catch a train from the airport at Miyazaki city to Hyuga city.
By carPublic transport is limited in Miyazaki, so hiring a car is best. Vans are cheap to rent and come with internal racks for surfboards and water tanks for rinsing yourself off at the beach.
Go with a pro
Competitive surfer McKenzie Bowden joined us to check out the waves in Miyazaki. When the New Zealander-turned-Gold Coast local isn’t competing, he travels creating surf and lifestyle content.
What do you think about the surf conditions in Miyazaki?
The conditions were great. From beaches to point breaks, there are waves for all surfers – beginners to advanced.
What is the surf culture like in Miyazaki?
In the water, it’s definitely more chilled out compared to the Gold Coast [Queensland] and other places I’ve surfed. There’s no rush. People are on island time and everyone is stoked and has a smile on their face. I felt welcomed and I met some great people.
What did you enjoy most about the trip to Miyazaki?
The food is amazing. The place is warm and beautiful but the most enjoyable thing for me was meeting such good people who make you feel right at home.
What were some of your favourite spots?
Uchiumi was sick – we got some nice waves there. I also enjoyed going to Aoshima Shrine and taking the little tuk tuk bikes around the island. It’s a magical little area.