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MIYAZAKI
  • TOKYO
  • MIYAZAKI

WATER TAXI CRUISE

After taking a great view of the Tokyo Bay includes the Rainbow Bridge and taking off and landing jet planes at Haneda Airport, go on a trip to the miraculous Aoshima Shrine standing on Aoshima Island, surrounded by the sea. Great trip to get up close and feel the Japanese ocean.

Official Tokyo Travel Guide
https://www.gotokyo.org/en/

Local government official website
http://www.kanko-miyazaki.jp/foreign.html

TRAVELER

  • Traveled : November 2019 David Brett
    Travel Blogger
    Reside in London, United Kingdom
  • Traveled : November 2019 Kuv Ahmad
    Freelance Writer
    Reside in Tokyo
    Home country: U.K

London Heathrow Airport

ANA Examine the directions from your country

  • David Brett

    ANA international flight:This is the first time I flew with All Nippon Airways. Comfortable seats offer you a space to stretch your legs, top-class entertainment on a full screen and a beautiful selection of Japanese food dishes and drinks are all served with an excellent service. I would like to use this top- class service next time too.

Haneda Airport

Tokyo Metropolitan Area

Day1

TOKYO

Tsukiji Outer Marketmore

Tsukiji Outer Market

Tsukiji Outer Market is adjacent to Tsukiji Inner Market, the world’s largest wholesale fish and seafood market. The Outer Market is a shopping district that dates back to the Taisho period (1912–26). It is lined with more than 400 shops selling everything related to food, from fresh ingredients to cooking utensils.The Outer Market is also a private market—it will stay put even in the event the Inner Market relocates.

  • David Brett

    Tsukiji Outer Market:Tsukiji Outer Market is still a fantastic area with a full of old charm. If you visit here, you are able to discover a fish related culture. The fish market has moved to a different area of Tokyo, but many of the people who have been long running stores, which were originally located in this place, stayed to keep the area vibrant. I would recommend coming here early in the morning to enjoy a donburi breakfast bowl, or king crabs or scallops flame-grilled on the spot. Tsukiji is a great place to try the freshest selection of seafood and possibly the best sushi in town, so be sure not to miss out on this on your next trip to Tokyo.

  • Kuv Ahmad

    Tsukiji Outer Market:There were still a lot of vendors there which was great to see. There was a wide variety of fish and seafood and it had an active and lively atmosphere with a great variety of souvenirs to buy and things to eat. Everyone was so friendly. I liked the atmosphere and it looked like all the food sold was exceptionally high-quality. Further down there the street there is the Namiyoke Inari Jinja, which you are free to walk around in.

15 minutes by foot

Hama-rikyu Gardensmore

Hama-rikyu Gardens

Featuring a tidal pond with water drawn from Tokyo Bay and a wild duck preserve, Hama-rikyu Gardens is the garden of the Tokugawa Shogunate family, and functioned as the branch castle of the Edo Castle during the Edo era. It's said that the garden's current form was completed during the reign of the 11th-generation Shogun, Ienari. After the Meiji Restoration, it became the detached palace of the imperial family, and was renamed Hama-rikyu.

  • David Brett

    Hama-rikyu Gardens:Hama-rikyu Gardens is a charming garden within walking distance from Tsukiji Outer Market. You will be drawn in to a more tranquil greener healing place while enjoying picturesque pathway walks and a traditional Japanese garden landscape. You can enjoy the views of the surrounding city skyline in a garden surrounded by ponds and trees. The contrast between traditional Japanese gardens and modern Tokyo is displayed. You should also try the tea ceremony experience to take a moment to reflect and take in the beauty of the gardens. If you want to explore more, you can get a water bus from Hama-rikyu Gardens to the Asakusa area.

    Lunch at Misuji:At Misuji, which is located on the upper floor of the building, you can get a good observational overview of Tokyo as well as see the Hama-rikyu Gardens below. I would recommend getting the set lunch menu which will give you a large selection of different sushi to try. If you sit at the counter, the sushi chefs will prepare your sushi in front of you, and you can enjoy the beautiful skills of the sushi chefs exhibited in front of you. The combination of the fresh fish and top-quality ingredients with the skills of the sushi chef will become an incredible lunchtime memory.

  • Kuv Ahmad

    Hama-rikyu Gardens:The garden was very peaceful and it did not feel like we were in the city. The walk around was pleasant and tranquil, the gardens are perfectly manicured. It was nice to see the contrast of big buildings with an oasis of so much green and peace in the centre of it.

    Lunch at Misuji:The sushi felt like it was excellent quality. Very savoury and delicious. The atmosphere was nice for lunchtime. Because the restaurant is located on the upper floor, I could see a beautiful view from a large window. Thanks to it, it felt very grand and special. It was nice to be around office workers and seeing them in their daily life surrounding us. It felt like we could see a little bit of everyday Tokyo city life.

Train
13 minutes

Water bus (Asakusa-Odaiba line)more

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Water bus (Asakusa-Odaiba line)

Take a trip down the Sumida River from Asakusa (Sumidakuyakushomae or Sensoji Nitenmonmae) under the Rainbow Bridge to Odaiba.
Enjoy a 360-degree panoramic view from the upper deck with views of numerous sightseeing spots that include Tokyo Skytree®, bridges spanning the Sumida River, and the Toyosu Market, a new landmark.

  • David Brett

    Water bus:Why not enjoy a scenic Tokyo ferry ride from Hama-rikyu Gardens over to Asakusa and Odaiba? This experience is a great way to connect different parts of Tokyo city as well as see the city from different angles. The transportation can be a part of trip in itself and a fun of travel. That’s one of the great things about Tokyo, all the different transportation options you can enjoy on your visit – you have endless possibilities. You can also have great views of the Tokyo Skytree as well as many bridges that you will pass under along the way. This short time ship trip is the best way to connect Asakusa to Hama-rikyu Gardens or the area of Odaiba, so be sure to consider the Tokyo Cruise as an option to connect different parts of Tokyo.

    Dinner at Gonpachi Odaiba:A branch of the Gonpachi restaurants was used in the movie, and many famous people have used the restaurant, so I was excited to have dinner the Gonpachi Odaiba branch. I loved the ambience of this location with its stunning night time city views that you can enjoy from your seat. The food was also most enjoyable with a selection of grilled fish and Japanese Izakaya style BBQ meats that went rather well with cold beer.

  • Kuv Ahmad

    Water bus:This is an excellent way to travel through the city. It's also a relaxing way to spend the afternoon while sightseeing the whole city by boat. The boat was so modern and clean, the sleek seating area is a great place to relax and unwind. The views from the river were spectacular. I would definitely recommend this to my friends, it such a wonderful way to see so much of the city.

    Dinner at Gonpachi Odaiba:The food was a great mix and I felt like it represented all the best parts of Japanese food. So juicy and delicious. The course meal was the perfect amount of food and the quality felt great.

Tokyo Metropolitan Area

Day2

KYUSHU(MIYAZAKI)

Haneda Airport

ANA (ANA Japan Explorer Pass) Show details

  • David Brett

    ANA domestic flight: Flying domestically in Japan with All Nippon Airways is very easy in procedures. Because the boarding and check-in process is rather speedy, your airport stay is most likely short. You can travel to all prefectures of Kyushu, saving you valuable time on your trip.

  • Kuv Ahmad

    ANA domestic flight:Everything ran very smoothly and on time. The check-in process was so easy, and other processes were hassle-free and simple. An electronic check-in was very convenient. The boarding process was a breeze and the flight itself was very comfortable with excellent, friendly service.

Aso Kumamoto Airportmore

Aso Kumamoto Airport

Situated 20km east of Kumamoto City, Aso Kumamoto Airport sits atop the Takayubaru Plateau on the western side of the Aso outer rim mountains. The airport lies within the municipalities of Mashiki (Kamimashiki District), Kikuyo (Kikuchi District), Ozu (Kikuchi District), and Nishihara Village (Aso District). There are few houses around the airport – instead you’ll find many farms, golf courses, and natural forests. With the smoky Aso volcano visible to the east, and faraway Mt. Unzen visible to the west, Kumamoto Airport occupies a truly scenic location in beautiful Kumamoto Prefecture.

Express bus
120 minutes

Bus
20 minutes

  • David Brett

    Lunch at Hotel Takachiho:You can enjoy a beautiful Kyushu cuisine and stunning views of the surrounding valley. I had the fresh meal using local ingredients, which was most enjoyable. My favourite part of lunch was the local Miyazaki fried chicken called Nanban, which is served with a sweet tartar sauce. It’s delicious and simply has to be enjoyed on any visit to Miyazaki prefecture.

  • Kuv Ahmad

    Lunch at Hotel Takachiho:The lunch was beautifully presented. It was tasty and very filling. The chicken nanban in particular was delicious. The room was spacious and the view from the room was very nice.

Takachiho Gorgemore

Takachiho Gorge

The gorge was formed from the erosion of pyroclastic flows from Mt. Aso long ago, and it is designated as part of a national park. Manai Falls is a symbol of the gorge, and its lush vegetation and colorful autumn leaves create a beautiful landscape. The boat rental is also very popular (30 minutes).

  • David Brett

    Takachiho:Takachiho is a charming town located in the north of Miyazaki prefecture, and it’s a perfect first stop for those wanting to rent a car and travel through Miyazaki. The main attraction of Takachiho is its breathtaking scenery of nature, and you can explore on foot. Here when you proceed by paddling a boat through the gorge further, you will reach Manaino Falls. If you want to enjoy the area more, I recommend staying here for the night and exploring around taking time.

    Amaterasu Railway:This is another attractive activity to experience in Takachiho, which offers scenic train rides with sense of openness where you can enjoy the surrounding landscapes of the mountains, rice fields and valleys. It is a satisfying trip, and you can even wear the train conductor outfit and feel like a train driver for the day.

    Amanoyasu riverbed:Head out on a light walk along the riverbed. This shrine can be found within a cave. In Japanese myth it is told that a discussion was made here about Amaterasu Omikami (a Japanese solar deity) who secluded herself in the cave. This location is one of the places that has been described as the “Birthplace of Myths” in Japan.

    Dinner at Restaurant Nagomi:If you visit on Kyushu for beautiful beef, you have to try some of the best ranking beef of Miyazaki Prefecture. I recommend Restaurant Nagomi where you can enjoy Takachiho beef. In this restaurant, the loin cut is highly recommended; the meat served here at Nagomi is extremely tasty and delicious. The meat melts in your mouth with every bite. This is the must-see place when you visit Takachiho.

    Takachiho Yokagura:After dinner, you can head up to Takachiho shrine and watch a traditional Takachiho Yokagura performance which lasts about an hour. Here, the representative fourth kagura out of thirty-three kagura versions is performed. This traditional dance performance is unique to this part of Miyazaki and attracts many visitors.

  • Kuv Ahmad

    Takachiho:This area is so beautiful and scenic. The gorge is enchanting and picturesque, I saw many people enjoying boat rides along the gorge. The walking paths are easy to follow and the walk is very light and not intense so you can still enjoy it. There are plenty of places to take stunning photos. Not only the gorge, but the ponds, riverbeds, bridges, and rocks are beautiful. This whole area is beautiful and I would highly recommend it to friends who are visiting.

    Amaterasu Railway:The railway was fun with spectacular scenery. The view was fantastic and the most perfect photos could be taken from here. The train driver was friendly and that helped me enjoy this experience more.

    Dinner at Restaurant Nagomi:The food was delicious. The juicy beef was sizzling on the hot steal plate, cooked to perfection. The various sauces that came as an accompaniment were a perfect savoury treat for the palette. The atmosphere of the restaurant was fine. The inside has high ceilings and it has a formal atmosphere at a glance but a casual-style of restaurant at the same time.

    Takachiho Yokagura:This was a delightful performance. It would be a bit difficult to follow what is going on without the help of someone to tell you what is happening, but it was nice to see many people gathered to watch the show and also to see that everyone was mesmerized by what was happening on the stage, which makes it quite interesting to watch.

Bus
80 minutes

Train (JR)
90 minutes

Bus
60 minutes

Day3

  • David Brett

    Kagura mask painting workshop:The Kagura mask painting workshop is a very fun experience. At the Takachiho Yokagura, the masks that they wear during the performance are handmade and play an essential role. In this workshop, you can paint a mask by yourself and take your mask home with you, so this will be in your good memories of Miyazaki.

    Lunch at Yokoidokoro Shiibaya:Shiiba village is a quaint little undiscovered village that is surrounded by magnificent vista views. You can also find a cosy restaurant here called Yokoidokoro Shiibaya. This is a local restaurant where you can be served local meat and fish carefully selected by the friendly owner.

  • Kuv Ahmad

    Kagura mask painting workshop:A relaxing way to spend the morning. The activity was satisfying and enjoyable. It seemed simpler than it was, and I really enjoyed the task of painting the mask. A wonderful hands-on experience.

    Lunch at Yokoidokoro Shiibaya:The restaurant seemed like a nice family-friendly place. The food was truly amazing. I was so surprised to eat such high quality food. The shitake mushrooms and other ingredients were so fresh, the meat was juicy. The dessert was also so satisfying, creamy and utterly glorious. I thoroughly enjoyed my lunch here.

hotel restaurant Ichimoku Issou

  • David Brett

    Dinner (hotel restaurant Ichimoku Issou):I had a very rich dinner buffet. It’s relaxing to stay for the evening and enjoy a nice meal along with onsen, etc. Here you can find a wide selection of different food and drinks all locally sourced from the Miyazaki prefecture. Miyazaki beef, Nanban chicken and sushi are all on offer to consume to your heart’s content.

  • Kuv Ahmad

    Dinner (hotel restaurant Ichimoku Issou):The value of this buffet dinner was exceptional. There was so much variety to choose from. The chicken nanban was so good! The sashimi felt very fresh. I wanted to eat everything! I really liked the drinks pantry, such a nice touch to just go up and help yourself. This place would be perfect for larger groups of people. While enjoying all the drinks, I thought that I would want to visit here with more people next time!

Day4

hotel restaurant Ichimoku Issou

Udo Shrinemore

Udo Shrine

Standing on a cliff overlooking the Hyuga-nada Sea, the main shrine is located in a cave, which is a rare design in Japan. The shrine is said to be beneficial for marriage, easy delivery and so on. One attraction is the kameishi (turtle stone) in front of the main shrine where people throw undama into the hole in the rock below. If the undama lands in the hole, it is said one's wishes will come true. Listed in the Michelin Green Guide Japan (one star).

  • David Brett

    Udo Shrine:The beautiful coastal pathway to the shrine offers a spectacular view, with the crimson of the torii gates standing out in stark contrast against the blue of the sea and sky. The brightly painted shrine building is located within a mystical cave overlooking the Hyuga Sea, said to have been the birthplace of the enshrined deity.

    Lunch at Hattoritei:You won’t want to miss lunch at Hattoritei, located close to Obi Castle inside a renovated old merchant house. Lunch comes with a view of an idyllic garden. The traditional Japanese menu includes local dishes such as soba noodles as well as seasonal fruits and vegetables. It’s a great way to experience traditional Japanese culture in this area.

  • Kuv Ahmad

    Udo Shrine:Picturesque and utterly beautiful. This was a surprise for the whole trip. It took my breath away to see this shrine facing the sea and in such a beautiful setting. I was blown away by the beauty of it. The good weather helped, but I also felt that we could enjoy another kind of beauty no matter what the weather is. You make a wish, throw ceramic balls named undama, or listen to the stories about the shrine, and then you can really feel the presence of long history there.

    Lunch at Hattoritei:Lunch here was in a lovely setting facing beautifully manicured gardens. The food was delicious, I really like the chirashizushi and the baked aubergine with miso paste was a really tasty surprise. Everything was beautifully presented, and along with the stunning view, everything was picture perfect.

Bus
60 minutes

Obi Castlemore

Obi Castle

The castle town of the Obi domain was prosperous during the Edo period. Its old townscape of samurai residences and stone walls has earned it the nickname the Little Kyoto of Kyushu. In addition to tours of the castle ruins, you can try your hand at a unique form of archery called Shihan Mato or enjoy the local delicacies of Obiten fried fish and the thick egg roll called Atsuyaki tamago. The rental bicycles available at Tourist Information are a great way to get around!

  • David Brett

    Obi Castle and castle town walking tour:I went on a walking tour around Obi Castle, and discovered the picturesque streetscapes of the castle town. Explore the castle grounds, and even enjoy a spot of cosplay by dressing up like a samurai of old. You can also enjoy shopping and purchase some exclusive local products or Miyazaki crafts to bring home with you.

  • Kuv Ahmad

    Obi Castle and castle town walking tour:The castle grounds was a pleasant walk as it was such a beautiful day. There are various shops and it was so nice to see what they had on offer. Although only the castle grounds remain, it is quite easy to imagine with the help of the guide what it was like back in the olden days, and it was very precious experience. After walking through the grounds and stopping off for tea at a cafe and kimono fitting shop, we wandered towards the shops which were full of interesting things to buy.

Train (JR)
40 minutes

Aoshima Shrinemore

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Aoshima Shrine

This shrine is in the center of an island with a circumference of 1.5 km, surrounded by mysterious rocks known as “Oni no Sentakuita,” or the “devil's washboard.” The contrast between the shrine and the tropical and subtropical plants on the island creates a unique atmosphere that is both Japanese and tropical. It is the setting of the love stories of Umisachi-hiko and Toyotama-hime in Japanese mythology, and said to be good for marriage, easy childbirth and so on. It is listed in the Michelin Green Guide Japan (2 stars).

  • David Brett

    Aoshima Shrine:Aoshima Shrine is located on an island of the same name, and it’s a perfect location to enjoy a scenic walk at sunset. Here you can walk on the beach and take in the fresh air and scenery along the way. To get to the shrine, cross the bridge to Aoshima Island.

  • Kuv Ahmad

    Aoshima Shrine:The walk up to the shrine on Aoshima Island is breath of fresh air. The torii gate standing on the beach is quite surprising and an unusual scene, which adds to the anticipation of what lies ahead. Arriving at the shrine and looking at the building closely, you can see how well maintained it is. There are plenty of wishes you can make for different areas of your life, which I liked. It was also quite surprising to notice the tunnel leading into the forest and then to find another part of the shrine there. It felt quite magical.

Bus
30 minutes

Miyazaki Airport (Miyazaki Bougainvillea Airport)more

Miyazaki Airport (Miyazaki Bougainvillea Airport)

Miyazaki is the gateway to the skies with 5 domestic routes (18 roundtrips to Tokyo per week, 11 to Osaka, 3 to Nagoya, 1 to Okinawa, and 13 to Fukuoka) and 3 international routes (3 roundtrips to Seoul per week, 2 to Taipei, and 2 to Hong Kong). Flowering trees such as Bougainvillea and Washington Palm fill the airport interior and greet travelers with a tropical mood. Its restaurants and shops offer many unique Miyazaki dishes and souvenirs of Miyazaki.
Free Wi-Fi is also available. There is also excellent train service via a 10 minute trip from JR Miyazaki Station. *Route information is as of April 2017.

ANA (ANA Japan Explorer Pass) Show details

Haneda Airport

  • David Brett

    I enjoyed visiting both the bustling metropolis of Tokyo and the lush natural scenery of Miyazaki Prefecture on the island of Kyushu. It was the perfect balance of experiences to enjoy two different sides of Japan. Flying All Nippon Airways domestically for the under-two-hour flight from Tokyo to Miyazaki allowed me to travel in comfort and helped make the whole process go along seamlessly, resulting in a most pleasant trip.

  • Kuv Ahmad

    The Tokyo tour was a greatly fulfilled day out, visiting many places. I would definitely recommend this type of trip for my friends who are coming to Japan for the first time. The pace was perfect and comfortable. We covered a lot but didn't feel rushed. The river boat cruise was relaxing and comfortable, and it was a great way to see the view of the whole city from the river. The trip to Miyazaki was very quick and easy from Tokyo. In Miyazaki, the contrast of the mountains to the sea was beautiful, and I understood how wonderful this prefecture is. In this trip, the many things that only can be seen or experienced in this area are concentrated. Excellent tour overall.

RECOMMENDATIONS FROM OTHER TRAVELERS

I thought this trip was a well-balanced tour to discover two different parts of Japan. The itinerary to Tokyo was the perfect trip, and I was able to see and enjoy so much. I could see the many different sides of Tokyo at a good pace, from historical and cultural to gastronomical. Flying domestic saved me a lot of time transporting myself to the Kyushu island to explore the prefecture of Miyazaki. I enjoyed sightseeing in Miyazaki as it offers an incredible selection of things to do, from Takachiho Gorge with its stunning nature and traditional dancing to the coastal area of Aoshima with its unique shrines and breathtaking coast. This trip was an incredible trip in which I could fully experience two different sides of Japan.

David Brett
Travel Blogger
Reside in London, United Kingdom
  • Hobby

    Adventure Travel

  • Number of visits to Japan

    4

RECOMMENDATIONS FROM OTHER TRAVELERS

This tour is a great way to experience busy city life in Tokyo, but with plenty of contrast between traditional and modern lifestyles. It also shows how smoothly it is to travel by air across the country to another prefecture. In Miyazaki, you can experience a more relaxed pace of life near the coast. From city to sea, this tour covers everything at a relaxed and enjoyable pace.

Kuv Ahmad
Freelance Writer
Reside in Tokyo
Home country: U.K
  • Hobby

    Reading, eating out, shopping, movies, music

  • Length of stay in Tokyo

    5 years

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