MYSTICAL MIYAZAKI – THE LAND OF JAPANESE GODS
Miyazaki Prefecture is located on the east coast of the island of Kyushu, and although it lies far from the better-known centers of Japanese culture like Kyoto, Osaka, or Tokyo, it has an incredibly strong connection to the country’s cultural heritage.
HOME TO THE GODDESS OF THE SUN
According to Japanese mythology, Miyazaki is where some of the most important events in human history took place. Specifically, it’s the location of Amanoiwato, the Heavenly Cave where Amaterasu, the goddess of the sun, hid after a fight with her brother, plunging the world into darkness until she was lured out.
TIME TRAVEL TO ANCIENT TIMES
The prefecture is also where Ninigi, the goddess’ grandson, founded his palace, and from where his descendant Jimmu launched a military expedition to unify Japan under his rule, eventually becoming the first emperor. Walking through the beautiful, unspoiled nature of Miyazaki, it’s easy to feel as if you’ve been transported back to those ancient times.