Takachiho Gorge, a narrow chasm cut through the rock by Gokase River with nearly sheer cliffs lining the gorge are made of slow forming volcanic basalt columns, Takachiho, Miyazaki, Kyushu, Japan
Formed by ancient volcanic lava flows from Mount Aso, the basalt cliffs at Takachiho Gorge are up to 100 metres high. Take in the views from the paved fence that runs through the forest along the gorge, or rent a boat to explore the river below and get up close and personal with Manai Waterfall.
Udo jingu, a Shinto shrine located on Nichinan coastline, Kyushu, Japan.
The Shinto sanctuary at Udo Shrine stands out for its dramatic location – the main hall was built in a large cave, and the entire complex overlooks picturesque rock formations on the Pacific Ocean. If you can hit a turtle-shaped rock in the water with the clay balls sold here, your wish will come true, according to legend.
About 40 minutes by car from Aburatsu, Aoshima is a small island connected to the mainland south of Miyazaki City. It's famed for its palm trees and unique rock formations known as the Devil's Washboard, perfectly aligned rows of basalt visible at low tide. Check out Aoshima Shrine, where worshippers pray for luck in marriage. The 1.5-km walk along the island's beaches is a great spot for photos during your Miyazaki cruise.
Miyazaki beef is one of the most prized varieties of Japanese Wagyu beef. Here in its place of origin, you can enjoy it in two main modes of preparation: sukiyaki, where it's grilled on a hot plate in front of you and served with a slightly sweet soya-based dipping sauce, or shabu-shabu style, where it's presented raw and simmered with vegetables in an open pot of hot broth.
Miyazaki's main shopping spot is Aeon Mall, a retail paradise for anyone looking for Japanese clothes, electronics and other consumer items. For Miyazaki-specific souvenirs, head to the Konne Miyazaki Products Shop – they stock locally made wood crafts, varieties of shochu (the much-loved liqueur) and traditional haniwa figurines made from clay.
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