Best way to Travel Kumamoto-Miyazaki (Heaven of Japan)

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Miyazaki (宮崎) is located at the center of Miyazaki Prefecture. Full of Magnificent Nature, variety of Cuisines, Adventuring such as Surfing, Diving etc. and the most famous fruit, Miyazaki Mango, this place is a treat to visit!

If you are in Kumamoto and planning to visit Miyazaki then, here are all the tips you’ll need to know for your first visit to Miyazaki from Kumamoto.

How to get in: Public Transport

There are various ways to go to Miyazaki from Kyushu, but the best way is from Kumamoto as its the nearest to Miyazaki. There is a Nanpu-go Bus (なんぷう号) from Kumamoto.

Express Bus: Time-table

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Kumamoto-Miyazaki Bus

If you love to enjoy the essence of natural beauty while traveling then we personally recommend you to go by Bus. There is a bus i.e. Nanpu-go (なんぷう号) which goes to Miyazaki Sta. from Kumamoto Sta. (熊本駅) via Kumamoto Kotsu Center (熊本交通センター) providing around 3 hours journey in the lap of nature.

Way to Miyazaki (View from widow seat of the Bus)

Way to Miyazaki (View from widow seat of the Bus)

We personally recommend you to take a window seat and just feel the Breathtaking Nature from Miyahara to Hitoyoshi. What a romantic sight; there are many short tunnels, river which divides the mountains and clouds floating just like Heaven so close to you.

Bus Route-Stops: 

Kumamoto-Miyazaki Route and Stops

Nanpu-go (なんぷう号)  Bus depart from Kumamoto Sta. and goes via Kumamoto Kotsu Center. Here is a list of Nanpu-go Bus-stop. Please be careful, there is a Non-stop bus which has limited stop.

⇨ Depart from Kumamoto Sta.

⇨ Depart from Kumamoto Koutsu Center


There is a break time @ Miyahara(宮原) & Kirishima(霧島) for 15 minutes each. You can refresh, buy some sweets and explore the beauty of nature.

⇨ Arrived @ Miyazaki Sta.

Arrived @ Miyazaki Station

Welcome to Miyazaki

Bus Fare:

  • Kumamoto – Hitoyoshi : 2,180 Yen / Person
  • Kumamoto – Miyazaki Sta. : 4,630 Yen / Person

Sightseeing Spots:

Miyazaki is full of wonders & hot spots that attract you. Let’s understand it easily by talking separately about Western, Central, Southern, Northern areas.

Western Area: Sekino-o Falls (関之尾滝)

It is in Miyakonojo City (都城市) and considered as one of the best waterfalls in Japan. That scenic beautiful waterfall was formed by Kakuto pyroclastic flows. More details Click

It is believed that there’s a spiritual power here! A positive vibe through fine water droplets in the air, the mesmerizing water sound that will make you relax.

Central Area: Aoshima (青島)

Aoshima (青島)

Aoshima (青島)

A small beautiful island (1.5 km) surrounded by rocks formed by waves is known as the “Devil’s Washboard”. It is just 25 minutes from Miyazaki Sta. by car. More details Click

If you have time, visit Miyazaki Shrine (宮崎神宮) Miyazaki City Phoenix Zoo and enjoy Surfing.

Surfing @ Miyazaki

Surfing @ Miyazaki

Bus Fare:

  • Kumamoto – Hitoyoshi: 2,180 Yen / Person
  •  Kumamoto – Miyazaki Sta.: 4,630 Yen / Person

Southern Area: Sun Messe Nichinan

Sun Messe Nichinan

Sun Messe Nichinan (サンメッセ日南)

This relaxing park has seven carved replicas of Moai statues from Easter Island. Just 40 minutes far from Miyazaki Sta. by car. More details Click

Northern Area: Takachiho

Takachiho Gorge 高千穂峡

Takachiho Gorge 高千穂峡

This power spot is quite special. So, for this, I have a separate blog. Please read Click..

Don’t forget:

  • Walk around Aoshima Island
  • Takachiho Gorge boat-ride
  • Test deep fried chicken
  • Footbath (足湯)




Miyazaki is a treasure of foods and especially known for local chicken, beef, fruits (Mango). Chicken-nanban(チキン南蛮). If you are nearby Miyazaki Sta. then, you must go to Tachiba-no-doori(橘通り), please mention that it remains close every Tuesday.

We personally visited another place and would like to recommend you to go for Lunch. Ogura Restaurant (おぐら本店・瀬頭店). You may go for Chicken-nanban(チキン南蛮). A deep-fried chicken marinated with nanbansu vinegar. The taste is just WOW!


If you are in Japan, then you must visit Miyazaki “The Heaven of Japan” and stay there for at-least 2-3 days. If you are going for the same day tour for Miyazaki, or, you are on business tour and have only few hours but don’t know what to do? Then we would recommend you to take a rental cycle (ゆるチャリMAP) from the Miyazaki Sta. and take around there.

It is worthy to stay there for 1-2 nights and enjoy Spa, Marine Activities. Also, don’t forget to take free Footbath (足湯) @ Hotel Hamaso (ホテル浜荘). Hope it will help you in traveling from Kumamoto to Miyazaki and how to enjoy there!  Have a nice journey!

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