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Miyazaki is the capital city of Miyazaki Prefecture in Japan, and the seventh-most populous city of Japan. During the Meiji era, when Japan abolished prefectures, Miyazaki Prefecture was part of Kagoshima Prefecture from 1876 to 1883. It regained its independence in 1883 and became Miyazaki Prefecture.

Miyazaki is situated on the southern end of the Miyazaki Plain, with the Ōyodo River flowing through the center and the Hyūga Sea to the east. It is bordered by the Wanizuka Mountains in the southern part, while most of the area consists of flat alluvial plains.

Known for its warm climate, resorts, beaches and sports facilities, Miyazaki is a service city with tourism resources such as Kikaia Resort, Qingdao, Japan Professional baseball training camp, etc. Miyazaki was once a popular honeymoon destination and a favorite of domestic tourists. The Sheraton Premier Ocean Resort in Kikiah Resort is the tallest building in Kyushu.

By Plane

Miyazaki has its own airport located just a few kilometers from downtown. JAL, ANA and the discount carrier Solaseed (formerly Skynet) have regular flights from Tokyo Haneda Airport, Osaka Itami Airport and various other locations throughout Japan. AS August 2015, Peach Air now offers a daily flight between Miyazaki and Osaka Kansai Airport. There are also flights to Seoul, Taipei, and Hong Kong through Asiana, China Airlines, and Hong Kong Airlines respectively. Airline pricing is highly variable, but the cheapest option to Miyazaki is usually the Solaseed ¥10,000 "Visit Japan" fare for travelers with a “Temporary Visitor” visa (the same requirement as the JR Pass) which is good for just about any single flight on the airline. Though, this is essentially a standby ticket, so you may have trouble during peak demand periods. Peak demand in Japan is around New Years, Golden Week (end of April/start of May), and Obon in August, and of course, Friday and Sunday evenings are always more busy than weekdays. ANA also offers an "Experience Japan" fare of ¥10,800 for similar visitors. Tickets must be purchased three days in advance and are valid on direct ANA flights from Miyazaki to Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, Fukuoka, and Naha.

Buses connect the airport to the main Miyazaki station in 25 minutes (¥400), while the JR Miyazaki Airport Line runs 1-2 trains per hour to Minami-Miyazaki station (¥330) that continue on to Miyazaki station. Hourly direct trains connect Miyazaki Airport to the northern cities of Hyuga and Nobeoka. If you are under 21, you can get tickets cheaper than normal.

By Train

Most people will take the Kirishima limited express which makes multiple daily runs from Kagoshima (2-2.5 hours, ¥4100).

If you connect to the Shinkansen in Kagoshima, it is anouther 2 hours for Hakata to Kagoshima (2.5 hours from Kukura). You can take a single Shinkansen from Shin-Osaka to Kagoshima in 4.5-5 hours.

Anouther option, the more scenic route, from Kokura station in Kitakyushu, the first stop in Kyushu on the San'yo Shinkansen, is to take the Sonic limited express to Oita or Beppu and transfer to the Nichirin limited express (¥8300). A few Nichirin trains run from Kokura or Hakata in Fukuoka directly to Miyazaki, with no change of trains necessary, but most people that take this route like to stop to see Beppu. The route is about 5 hours which is about the same as the Shinkansen route from Kokura.

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