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Mochio Park | Miyakonojo City
Mochio Park spreads out on the mild hillside west of Toshiro City and for 2 kilometers the cherry trees line up from the foot up the hill to Mochio. Alongside of 2,600 cherry trees includinf Someiyoshino and Yaezakura, there are also azalea and cluster-amaryllis planted on the park grounds. The Sakura Festival is held every year from late March to early April, attracting a number of visitors. Mochio Shrine is placed on top of the hill and the view from here is especially wonderful.

■Saitobaru | Saitobaru City
Saitobaru is the oldest burial mounds in Japan holding more than 300 mounds, and is registered as a special historical park. This is one of the very few places - or perhaps the only place - where you can see a row of cherry trees growing on top of two burial mounds. As spring arrives 2,000 cherry trees color up the field.

Prefectural Guide


Takachiho is located in the middle of Kyushu Mountains, and is the northern end of Miyazaki prefecture.
The river Gokasegawa flows swiftly through the city from the northwest to the southeast, and on its way, the natural monument and scenic beauty Takachiho gorge (Takachihokyo) creates the grand and mystical nature of this area.


Nichinan Coastline (Nichinan-Kaigan)

Nichinan-Kaigan is a general name for the coastline of southern Miyazaki which runs for 90km from Aoshima to Toimisaki of Kushima City.
The coastline is famous for its graceful landscape created by the blue sea, cape and inlets and is a popular spot among tourists especially newly-wed couples.
The Kuroshio warm current drifting offshore brings the coast warm air all year round and it hardly snows in the winter. Colored with southern flowers and trees such as phoenix, Washington palm tree and hibiscus, the road along the Nichinan coastline is a great touring and driving course.


Along the Aya Canyon stretches out Japan’s largest 1,700 hectare Teha forest in deep green.
In these woods, even gigantic trees of more than 300 years old are not rare.

Furthermore, there are rare and precious plants left in nature and in the river flowing through the canyon, you can see sweet smelts swim against the stream.

Saitobaru Burial Mounds (Saitobaru Kofun-gun)

About 311 mounds of various kinds including large key-hole shaped burial mounds and underground cave-type mounds scatter across the 2km east-west-wide, 4km north-south-wide area.

The excavation carried out in early Taisho Period was the very first large-scale excavation in Japan and was archaeologically a highly important matter at the time.

It is now preserved as a special historical park.

Ebino Plateau

Ebino Plateau is a part of Japan’s first national park KirishimaYaku National Park, and you can appreciate its rich nature through plants and seasonal activities such as miyama-kirishima azalea in spring, wilderness camp in summer, Japanese pampas grass and red leaves during autumn, and ice-covered trees and skating in winter.

The area is also known for hot springs and many tourists come throughout the year.


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