Miyazaki Prefecture is located at the southeast part of Kyushu Island.
The prefectural capital is Miyazaki city located at the southern part of the prefecture.
This prefecture is warm and has much fall. But the annual sunshine in
hours is long.
So this prefecture has tropical atmosphare in mainland of Japan.
The old name of the prefecture is "Hyuga".
The kanji characters of Hyuga mean "to face sun". Literally, this prefecture has a long coastline on the east side where the sun rises.
The sea is vast Pacific Ocean, and Kuroshio (Black Stream, a great warm ocean current) flows along this coast.
Miyazaki Prefecture has few volcanos, and there are few hot spring
But there are various natural spots.
And the long coastline has many surfable spots.
Miyasaki Prefecture doesn't have Shinkansen.
So, to visit Miyazaki Prefecture, we use the limited express of JR Nippo Line.
To Miyazaki, it takes about 2 hour and 10 to 20 minutes from Oita, and about 4.5 hours from Kokura.
Miyazaki Airport is located about 5 km south of central Miyazaki city.
It has the flights from Haneda (Tokyo), Itami (Osaka), and Nagoya and some other cities.
|Average value 1981-2010||JAN||FEB||MAR||APR||MAY||JUN||JUL||AUG||SEP||OCT||NOV||DEC|
|Highest Temperature (deg C)||12.7||13.8||16.7||20.7||24.1||26.8||31.4||31.0||28.1||24.3||19.5||15.1|
|Lowest Temperature (deg C)||2.6||3.4||7.2||11.5||15.9||19.7||23.9||24.1||21.1||15.1||9.6||4.7|
|Mean monthly rainfall (mm)||64||91||182||213||239||429||309||290||355||182||95||60|
It is the annual festival of Miyazaki Shrine, and is the
greatest festival in Miyazaki Prefecture.
The ceremonies are held in the shrine in October 26th, and the attractive parades are held in the following Saturday and Sunday.
Emperor Jinmu has been enshrined in this shrine, so the main parade is called "Jinmu-sama".
Jinmu-sama has two different processions.
One is the sacred procession for Emperor Jinmu. Courtly and ceremonious parade is performed.
Another is the secular and lively procession. Many dances in Miyazaki Prefecture, rolling of drums, and some other performances appeare.
"Kagura" is the dance and music of Shinto, and it is
performed to offer to Shinto shrine. "Yokagura" means "overnight
This Yokagura goes around all districts in Takachiho region from November to February.
At each district, 33 dances based on the story of Shinto god are performed.
It takes more than a dozen hours, so the performance starts in the evening and finishes in the afternoon the next day.
This is the important event for Takachiho's people in agricultural off-season.
It is a summer local dishes in Miyazaki Prefecture.
"Hiyajiru" means "cold soup", and the dish is made by pouring cold miso soup onto rice.
The miso soup is made for Hiyajiru specially.
First, miso paste and flakes of broiled fish are ground, and they are browned.
Dashi broth is added to them, then it gets a special miso soup. And broken tofu and some condiments are put in the soup.
After cooled, this soup is served.
It is a Western-style dish invented by a Japanese cook in
Nobeoka city in 1964.
First, a flour-coated chicken meat is deep-fried. Soon after that, it is soaked in sugared vinegar for a short time.
After tartar sauce is put on the meat, it is served.
This dish has been very popular only in Miyazaki Prefecture.
Recently, Chickin-Nanban has become a popular menu of takeout lunch stands throughout Japan.
It is a kind of sushi roll. Lettuce and boiled shrimp with
mayonnaise are used as the ingredient.
This sushi roll was invented by a master of sushi restaurant in Miyazaki city in 1966.
He has a friend of popular musician who had hated vegitables. So the master created this sushi roll for him.
This unique sushi had spread by word of mouth, then it became a popular menu in Miyazaki's sushi.