This is one of Japan’s top 100 spectacular waterfalls situated in the center of Miyazaki prefecture. The water falls from a height of 73m and is a sight to behold. It is said that emperor神武 sharpened arrows under the waterfall, and it is from this that the waterfall takes its name, which literally translates to “arrow sharpening waterfall”.
This is a canyon of the Gokase River, located at the prefectural border of Miyazaki and Kumamoto. A cliff that reaches 80-100 meters high continues over into the distance for 7 km. It is a mystery of nature formed by the large eruption of Mount Aso. It is the land of "Tenson Korin" (who is believed to be a descendent of the grandson of the great God Amaterasu, Ninigi). Boat trips are also popular in this area.
This is a coastal area in southern Miyazaki prefecture. It is known as one of the greatest drive and touring routes along the Auto Route 220. With the spectacular coastal view by one's side while driving, visiting drivers can enjoy driving along the curves of the natural coastline. The nearby Aoshima Beach is also a popular surfing spot for beginners and pros alike.
This is a shrine with an unknown date of construction, with the shrine deities being the Izanagi no Kami (Male God) and Izanami no Kami (Goddess), and the Iwagimi Shogunate. There is a mysterious path up to the shrine of 260 steps, at the top of which is situated the shrine. It is said that the sacred Nageia tree brings fortune in love with the, Ugeto rock bringing fortune for success. Because it became the stage of animation "It is also the setting for the anime "Hotarubi no Mori e", and many fans make the trip here to see the original setting in the flesh.
This is a theme park near the bay of Nichinan City. It is famous for its replica Easter Island Moai statues, the originals being known as one of the 7 wonders of the world. There is also a large area with galleries, restaurants, bathing facilities and pastures, which you can explore with the rental trolley cars.
This is a shrine whose construction date is unknown, with the main God enshrined known as Hikonagisatake Ugayafukiaezu no Mikoto. In the mysterious natural caves that face Hyuga-nada, one can see vivid shades of red/orange inside. During the Heian era, this area was popular as a path of training and worship. In front of the main shrine, one will see the Turtle stone spirit stone. If one throws a "Undama" (which is 5 100 yen coins in a row) into the holes of the spirit stone, it is said that the thrower's dreams will come true.
This is an Onsen which is at the halfway point up Mount Kirishima. It has 300 years of history, and is famous for apparently being the first place used as a honeymoon destination, by the Sakamoto Ryoma couple. After the war, various "snack" bars (small pub like bars, often with Karaoke as well), and souvenir shops are aplenty, and has therefore become a popular tourist Onsen.
This is an active volcano situated in the Aso region of Kumamoto prefecture, where plumes of smoke can still be seen. An eruption from around 90,000 years ago formed the largest caldera rock formation of 380 square kilometers, which provides stunning views. At the foot of the mountain, there are camp facilities, as well as horse riding and star gazing which can be enjoyed by visitors.
This is one of Japan's three most famous castles, built in 1607 by Kato Kiyomasa. The castle is famous for being the place where Miyamoto Musashi, the most famous Japanese sword warrior and author of the martial art "book of five rings" spent his later years, as well as being the scene to the Southwestern War, the final civil war in Japanese history. The main hall known as the "Shokun no Ma" represents the grandiose and opulent Daimyo culture. The castle was damaged by the Kumamoto earthquake of 2016, but has been restored.
This is an onsen in the northern part of Mount Aso. It is one of the most well recognized Onsen areas, with 2 stars from the Michelin tourism guide. It was built with the concept of the town roads being a "corridor" with each guest inn as a "room", and was built whilst maintaining integration with the natural surroundings. It is popular for those visiting several different Onsen.
This is a coastal area in the western part of Kumamoto prefecture. The name comes from a 2000 year old legend where an emperor on an expedition to Kyushu carrying an Omikoshi (portable shrine) is said to have stopped and stared in enchantment at the coastline. The beach has a beautiful coastline punctuated with the waves and wind.