​Travel Through the Beautiful and Mystical Landscapes of Miyazaki in Winter

by JNTO on 28 January 2020

Travel Through the Beautiful and Mystical Landscapes of Miyazaki in WinterMiyazaki prefecture is located in the southeastern reaches of Kyushu. It hardly snows in Miyazaki in winter because of Kyushu's temperate climate, so visitors can enjoy sightseeing without having to worry about extreme cold or snowstorms.Takachiho Travel Through the Beautiful and Mystical Landscapes of Miyazaki in Winter

Travel Through the Beautiful and Mystical Landscapes of Miyazaki in WinterThis time, we will introduce you to sightseeing spots you will not want to miss when you are in Miyazaki, such as Takachiho, a designated natural monument and mythical land of scenic beauty, Yokagura, the traditional winter performance art, or the ocean views from the Devil’s Washboard.

Enjoy traditional performance arts after a stroll around Takachiho! - Takachiho Shrine’s Yokagura

Travel Through the Beautiful and Mystical Landscapes of Miyazaki in WinterTakachiho gorge is the face of Miyazaki’s scenic beauty and is known as a place of spiritual power and legendary tales. Every year from mid-November to early February of the following year, the hamlet of Takachiho nestled between Takachiho gorge holds its traditional ritual—Yokagura.Enjoy traditional performance arts after a stroll around Takachiho! Takachiho Shrine’s Yokagura Dances YokaguraYokagura is a traditional ritual to invite the gods of the town with the 33 kaguras of the night—songs and dances to worship the local gods, give thanks for a plentiful harvest in the current year, and pray for another plentiful harvest in the next. This tradition has continued for over 800 years and has been designated as a significant intangible folk cultural asset. Takachiho Shrine, which is the “soja” or culmination of all the gods of the 88 shrines in the area, hosts a one-hour performance of Yokagura number 4, the most prominent of all Yokagura that there is 33, every evening from 8:00 p.m.Yokagura Enjoy traditional performance arts after a stroll around Takachiho! Takachiho Shrine’s Yokagura Dances

  • Takachiho Shrine
  • Address: 1037 Mitai, Takachiho, Nishiusuki District, Miyazaki
  • ※Yokagura performances will take place in Takachiho Shrine’s kagura hall (a tatami-matted room)
  • Access: a 15-minute walk from Takachiho Bus Center
  • Schedule: Takachiho Yokagura is held daily
  • Operation hours: 8:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
  • ※There are no performances every year on November 22nd and 23rd due to Takachiho Shrine’s Kagura festival.

A colourful, vermillion-lacquered shrine amongst the caves! - Udo-jingu

A colourful, vermillion-lacquered shrine amongst the caves! - Udo-jinguUdo-jingu is a shrine located right in the center of the caves of cape Udosaki which protrude out into the Pacific Ocean. The cape area is surrounded by jagged rock formations and continuously pummeled by raging waves; a considerably rare location for a shrine in Japan. There is a legend that says if, while reciting a wish in their minds, a man throws a lucky stone with his left hand and a woman her right and it lands in the square-shaped boulder called the “kameishi” (turtle rock), their wishes will come true.

  • Udo-jingu
  • Address: 3232 Miyaura, Nichinan, Miyazaki
  • Access: Take the JR Nichinan Line from Miyazaki Station to either Ibii Station or Aburatsu Station. From Ibii Station, take the bus for Nichinan/Obi/Toi-no-misaki, get off at Udo-jingu bus stop, and walk for 10 minutes to the shrine. From Aburatsu Station bus center, take the bus for Miyazaki Station/Miyazaki Airport Station, get off at Udo-jingu bus stop, and walk from 10 minutes to the shrine.
  • Operation hours: 【April to September】 6:00 a.m.~7:00 p.m., 【October to March】7:00 a.m. ~ 6:00 p.m.

This miracle of nature will move you! Undulating rock formations borne from nature!
The Devil’s Washboard (Oni no Sentakuita)

This miracle of nature will move you! Undulating rock formations borne from nature! The Devil’s Washboard (Oni no Sentakuita)Aoshima is an island connected to the southeastern reaches of Miyazaki City. The approximately 8-kilometre stretch of shore extending from Aoshima to Kinchaku Island to the south is where you will find the undulating rock formation known as “Oni no Sentakuita,” or “The Devil’s Washboard”.This miracle of nature will move you! Undulating rock formations borne from nature! The Devil’s Washboard (Oni no Sentakuita)Long, long ago, The Devil’s Washboard was originally a bed of hard sandstone layered on soft mudstone below the surface of the sea that, due to geological changes, rose above sea level, causing it to be eroded by ocean waves crafting it into the rock formation it is today.
The formation’s shape resembles a washboard, one so big a giant devil might use it to do its washing, and thus became known as “The Devil’s Washboard.” When the tide recedes, the formation’s rough rocky surface is exposed and makes for a great spot for a stroll or playing in the water puddles around the rocky beach shore.

  • The Devil’s Washboard (Oni no Sentakuita)
  • Address: Aoshima, Miyazaki City, Miyazaki
  • Access: a 10-minute walk from JR Aoshima Station