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MIYAZAKI

Lose yourself in mystical Miyazaki,
the land of Japanese gods.

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100 MINUTES

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  • 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 of it.

    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.

SEASON

  • SPRING

  • SUMMER

  • AUTUMN

  • WINTER

THINGS TO DO

  • VISIT TAKACHIHO

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    VISIT TAKACHIHO

    The town of Takachiho in northern Miyazaki is a so-called “power spot” supposedly overflowing with spiritual energy. Fitting, considering that it’s the place where Ninigi first came to Earth, and where the sun goddess hid herself away inside the Heavenly Cave. The cave itself is unfortunately off-limits but you can do the next best thing by visiting the Amanoiwato Shrine located just above Amaterasu’s former retreat. Best of all, you can get to the shrine by taking a relaxing hike along the breathtakingly beautiful Takachiho Gorge, carved millennia ago by the Gokase River. The gorge can also be traversed via rental boat, which gives you a chance to admire the gorge’s spectacular 17m-high Manainotaki waterfall.

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  • SEE A KAGURA SHOW

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    SEE A KAGURA SHOW

    After Amaterasu retreated to the Heavenly Cave, the goddess Amenouzume performed a wild, pantomimic dance for the entertainment of all the other gods gathered around the cave. The resulting ruckus caused the curious Amaterasu to emerge from her cave, saving the world from darkness. These days, Amenouzume’s routine is celebrated in the form of the sacred Kagura dance, the most famous version of which is performed in Takachiho. Between November and February, the town holds a massive Kagura festival consisting of 33 dances performed throughout the night to honor Takachiho’s agricultural deities. Admission is usually free but in same cases you will need to bring two bottles of sake with you as offerings for the gods.

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  • PAINT YOUR OWN KAGURA MASK

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    PAINT YOUR OWN KAGURA MASK

    Kagura emerged as a theatrical dance form around 800 years ago but its roots go back thousands of years to shamanistic practices of early Japan. This is evident through Kagura’s use of masks. During a Kagura dance, a performer will don the mask of a Japanese deity and perform scenes from Japanese mythology, through which they symbolically become the deities themselves.
    One of those gods includes Amenotajikarao (or simply Tajikarao), a god of great strength who, when Amaterasu peeked out to watch Amenouzume’s performance, grabbed the boulder blocking the entrance to the cave and brought the sun back to Earth. You will have the chance to paint your own mask of Tajikarao and take it home with you. And who knows, perhaps, in the tradition of Kagura, it will grant you the strength of the mythological powerhouse.

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  • VISIT UDO SHRINE

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    VISIT UDO SHRINE

    Located south of Miyazaki’s capital, Udo Shrine offers some of the best views in the entire prefecture, and not just because of its bright vermillion lacquer. The shrine complex overlooks the ocean high atop a picturesque cliff, with the main hall being located inside a cave, though this time not the one that Amaterasu hid in. This one, according to Japanese mythology, nurtured the father of Emperor Jimmu. Quite literally. The cave is famous for its “breast stone” (ochichi no iwa), which drips water that supposedly fed Jimmu’s father when he was a child. Today, you can buy mizuame candy made from the breast stone water at the shrine.

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  • GET A TASTE OF SHIIBA

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    GET A TASTE OF SHIIBA

    Shiiba is a small agricultural village deep in the mountains of inner Kyushu. So deep, in fact, that it’s often called one of Japan’s greatest unexplored regions. But although it’s small and isolated from the rest of the world, its legends and culture have been celebrated around the country for hundreds of years. Today, Shiiba is known for two things: 1) A tragic local love story between the children of two rival samurai families, which predates Romeo and Juliet by a few hundred years, and 2) Delicious local food. During your stay in Shiiba, you’ll celebrate the latter by sitting down with the locals for a hearty meal of local specialties, including nadofu (vegetable tofu/soybean curd), freshwater fish skewered over fire, and soup with soba (buckwheat) dumplings.(Activity not offered in winter.)

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  • EXPLORE OBI CASTLE TOWN

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    EXPLORE OBI CASTLE TOWN

    The Obi Castle area was first fortified in the 14th century but it took another 100 years for a castle to be build there. Sadly, today only the castle gate, walls, and stairs remain, but they still give you a good idea of how the area looked like all those centuries ago. When this part of southern Miyazaki was being developed, it was meant to visually bring to mind the architecture of the Heian period, which takes its name from the old designation for Kyoto. It’s no surprise then that the Obi Castle Ruins are sometimes called “Little Kyoto.” Obi Castle Town unfortunately remains a fairly obscure attraction. Despite also housing old samurai houses, centuries-old architecture, and traditional shops, the area isn’t exactly swarming with tourists. On the other hand, though, it does allow visitors to Obi Castle to relax and take leisurely walks among the quiet streets that just breathe history.

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TOUR DETAIL

MYSTICAL MIYAZAKI !

・Fully Experience the Culture of KAGURA

・Enjoy Delicious Miyazaki Cuisine

・3 Days 2 Nights Sea & Mountains Holidays

Tour code:M2021A

Departure :

2018/7/26 (Thu) , 8/27 (Mon) , 9/6 (Thu) , 9/17 (Mon) , 9/28 (Fri) , 10/9 (Tue) , 10/15 (Mon) , 10/26 (Fri)

TRAVEL ITINERARY

DAY TIME ITINERARY PICK UP
DAY1 8:20

Leave Haneda Airport on ANA641.

10:05

Arrive at Kumamoto Airport.

Meet your tour guide at the airport.
Leave for Takachiho. (Travel time: approx. 2 hours)

12:45-13:00

Lunch: Japanese housing café “Yui café”

Enjoy a healthy pizza lunch that includes abundant seasonal local food at a Japanese housing café surrounded by terraced rice-fields.
Free exploration after lunch.

15:00-15:15

Explore the most famous spot in Miyazaki, “Takachiho Gorge.

Enjoy rowing a rowboat on your own.(optional)
There will be free time at Manai Falls in the Takachiho Gorge Free at leisure.

Takachiho Gorge

18:00

Dinner: “Takachiho Kagura Cuisine” at Kagura no Yakata
Event: The private show “Kagura Night”

Takachiho wagyu beef, local vegetables Kagura dishes, chicken heated in bamboo pipes and Miyazaki shochu will be served.
Highlight of this tour, “Takachiho Kagura Show”, performed by the locals, and mingle with the performers after the show.

Kagura Night

Accommodation
DAY2 9:00-9:15

Paint your own Kagura Mask

Arrive at Amanoiwato, a place was featured in “Takachiho Kagura Show” you will have watched the previous night. You can take the painted mask as a souvenir.

Explore Amanoiwato Shirne and Amanoyasugawara

Free at leisure at Amanoiwato.

Amanoyasugawara

12:30-12:45

Lunch: Chicken Nanban

One of the famous food in Miyazaki, fried chicken with vinegar and tartar sauce.
Leave for Shiiba Village. (Travel time: approx. 2 hours)

Shiiba

15:10-15:30

Culinary Event: Irori (Japanese Hearth) Cooking
Dinner: Shiiba traditional cuisine in a traditional Japanese house

You’ll celebrate the latter by sitting down with the locals for a hearty meal of local specialties, including nadofu (vegetable tofu/soybean curd), freshwater fish skewered over fire, and soup with soba (buckwheat) dumplings.

Accommodation
DAY3 10:00-10:15

Explore Obi Castle town

Free time will be arranged with “Ayumi-chan Map”, which has discount coupons for souvenirs and food. Enjoy the “Little Kyoto” culture in Miyazaki

Lunch: Japanese courses in Hattori-tei

Enjoy the lunch in a Japanese traditional house with a Japanese garden scenery.

Obi Castle town

12:45-13:00

Visit bright vermillion lacquer “Udo Shrine”

The shrine complex overlooks the ocean high atop a picturesque cliff, with the main hall being located inside a cave

Udo Shrine

15:45

Leave Miyazaki Airport on ANA610.

The local English speaking tour guide’s services terminates at Miyazaki Airport on Day3.

17:25

Arrive at Haneda Airport.

Thank you for choosing ANA

DAY1

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  • 8:20

    Haneda Airport on ANA641.

  • 10:50

    Arrive at Kumamoto Airport.

    Meet your tour guide at the airport.
    Leave for Takachiho. (Travel time: approx. 2 hours)

  • 12:45-13:00

    Lunch: Japanese housing café “Yui café”

    Enjoy a healthy pizza lunch that includes abundant seasonal local food at a Japanese housing café surrounded by terraced rice-fields.
    Free exploration after lunch.

  • 15:00-15:15

    Explore the most famous spot in Miyazaki, “Takachiho Gorge.

    Enjoy rowing a rowboat on your own.(optional)
    There will be free time at Manai Falls in the Takachiho Gorge Free at leisure.

  • 18:00

    Dinner: “Takachiho Kagura Cuisine” at Kagura no Yakata
    Event: The private show “Kagura Night”

    Takachiho wagyu beef, local vegetables Kagura dishes, chicken heated in bamboo pipes and Miyazaki shochu will be served.
    Highlight of this tour, “Takachiho Kagura Show”, performed by the locals, and mingle with the performers after the show.

  • Accommodation
  • Takachiho Gorge

    Kagura Night

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DAY2

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  • 9:00-9:15

    Paint your own Kagura Mask

    Arrive at Amanoiwato, a place was featured in “Takachiho Kagura Show” you will have watched the previous night. You can take the painted mask as a souvenir.

    Explore Amanoiwato Shirne and Amanoyasugawara

    Free at leisure at Amanoiwato.

  • 12:30-12:45

    Lunch: Chicken Nanban

    One of the famous food in Miyazaki, fried chicken with vinegar and tartar sauce.
    Leave for Shiiba Village. (Travel time: approx. 2 hours)

  • 15:10-15:30

    Culinary Event: Irori (Japanese Hearth) Cooking
    Dinner: Shiiba traditional cuisine in a traditional Japanese house

    You’ll celebrate the latter by sitting down with the locals for a hearty meal of local specialties, including nadofu (vegetable tofu/soybean curd), freshwater fish skewered over fire, and soup with soba (buckwheat) dumplings.

  • Accommodation
  • Amanoyasugawara

    Shiiba

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DAY3

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  • 10:00-10:15

    Explore Obi Castle town

    Free time will be arranged with “Ayumi-chan Map”, which has discount coupons for souvenirs and food. Enjoy the “Little Kyoto” culture in Miyazaki

    Lunch: Japanese courses in Hattori-tei

    Enjoy the lunch in a Japanese traditional house with a Japanese garden scenery.

  • 12:45-13:00

    Visit bright vermillion lacquer “Udo Shrine”

    The shrine complex overlooks the ocean high atop a picturesque cliff, with the main hall being located inside a cave

  • 15:45

    Leave Miyazaki Airport on ANA610.

    The local English speaking tour guide’s services terminates at Miyazaki Airport on Day3.

  • 17:25

    Arrive at Haneda Airport.

    Thank you for choosing ANA

  • Obi Castle town

    Udo Shrine

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TOUR PRICE

(1) Tour free includes the following:
Tour price includes: Discount airfare for package tour (Haneda to/from Kumamoto, Miyazaki).
It is unable to use other flights that are not stipulated on the itinerary. Haneda Airport Passenger Service Facilities Charge (PSFC).
Accommodation (2 nights stay, including 2 breakfasts, taxes and service fees). Lunch on Day 1, 2 and 3. Dinner on Day 1 and 2 as stipulated in the itinerary.
Consolidated vehicles as stipulated in the itinerary. Entrance fees as stipulated in the itinerary. A city map for Day 3. A local tour guide and an interpreter.

Tour code:M2021A

  • Departure Date :
    7/26(Thu), 8/27(Mon)

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    Per Person(2 Persons Share 1 Room)

    138,000 JPY

    Per Person(Per Person 1 Room)

    144,000 JPY

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  • Departure Date :
    9/6(Thu), 9/17(Mon),
    10/9(Tue), 10/15(Mon)

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    Per Person(2 Persons Share 1 Room)

    135,000 JPY

    Per Person(Per Person 1 Room)

    141,000 JPY

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  • Departure Date :
    9/28(Fri), 10/26(Fri)

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    Per Person(2 Persons Share 1 Room)

    137,000 JPY

    Per Person(Per Person 1 Room)

    143,000 JPY

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(2) Common matter of (1) :

※Tour prices listed above are per person, in Japanese Yen.
※The minimum number of participants for operation is 7 persons or more.
※The tour price is the same for adults (aged over 12 years) and children (aged 3 to 11).
※Infants (aged 0 to 2) are free of charge. However, airplane seat, bed, and food and beverage will not be included.
(In this case, an infant must be seated on the lap of an adult on the airplane and sleep in the same bed as an adult).

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