Hyuga (日向) Hyuga is a prominent port city in northern Miyazaki prefecture, famous for its beaches, surfing, and natural beauty.
The Nippo Main Line serving eastern Kyushu has several stops in Hyuga city. You can easily get there from transport hubs and major stations such as Hakata Station in Fukuoka, Oita Station, and Kagoshima Chuo Station. Fees will vary but will usually cost from ¥4000-6000 one way depending on your location.
Arriving at Hyuga from more local stops in Miyazaki will of course cost less. From Miyazaki City, local trains will cost ¥1290 one way (75 minutes), with express trains running ¥2110 (45min)
Hakko Liner is an express bus service serving Hyuga, northern Miyazaki and Fukuoka. A round trip from Fukuoka will cost only ¥7,000, however as this line is mainly a way for people from Miyazaki to get to Fukuoka, buses from Hakata station only leave in the evening (buses from Hyuga to Fukuoka will leave early in the morning). Like most services in Hyuga, the website is unfortunately Japanese only.
While bus services directly to Hyuga are limited, Miyazaki City has several express bus routes that link it to every other part of Kyushu. One could easily take these buses and then transfer using local or express train lines.
Bus services and public transportation access to tourist spots in Hyuga is limited. Your best bet for getting around locally is renting a car, or using taxis. The Hyuga City Tourism Incorporated Association`s website (listed below) has Japanese info and Google map routes to locate the nearest car rental services from the station.
The Hyuga City Tourism Incorporated Association just outside of Hyuga-shi station will have plenty of flyers in multiple languages, which you can use to tell taxi drivers where you`d like to go. Much like the rest of Japan, taxi costs do add up, so be careful.
Hyuga is most famous for its several beaches, many of which serve as excellent surfing spots. It also has beautiful scenery and a bit of history as well.
Kurusu no Umi (Sea Cross) A giant sea reef formed in the shape of a cross.
Mimitsu This traditional area contains many buildings dating from the Edo and Meiji periods of Japanese history. Also, according to legend the first Emperor of Japan departed from Mimitsu to set out to unify the country. The “Emperor`s Sitting Stone” is a famous monument in this area.
Hyottoko Festival One of many versions of the “Hyottoko” (Fire Man) legend throughout Japan, this local festival was established in 1984 and has since grown to one of the premier events in Miyazaki Prefecture. Held on the first Saturday of every August, it involves lots of costumes and dancing typical of Japanese festivals.
Machi no Eki Tomitaka (run by Hyuga City Tourism IncorporatedAssociation) has plenty of souvenirs and local foods available for sale. Located right outside Hyuga-shi Station
Chicken Nanban is Miyazaki Prefecture`s specialty dish which originated in nearby Nobeoka. Plenty of places downtown and elsewhere will serve it.
Sushi is especially good in Hyuga and Miyazaki Prefecture, due to being located right next to the ocean. Plenty of sushi restaurants are in downtown Hyuga.
Nap Café A relaxed café not far from Hyuga-shi station and the Hyuga Post Office. Serves a variety of coffee, snacks, and bagels. No English menu available, but the owner speaks some English.
Buckayro A Western style bar and café just outside of Hyuga-shi station. Menu is mid-range, with a good selection of Western style foods, coffee, and alcohol.
Shanghai Garden Cheap but delicious Chinese food right outside of Hyuga-shi station.
Ikesu no Tairyouya No visit to Miyazaki is complete without trying the region`s excellent seafood. Right outside of Hyuga-shi Station.
Most of downtown Hyuga consists of karaoke and snack bars where tourists will likely be met with curious stares. It is easy enough to find somewhere to drink by taking a quick walk through the downtown area, west of Hyuga-shi station.
Melissa Hyuga – Right outside of Hyuga-shi Station. Rates around ¥5000 a night.
Verfort – A short walk (around 5min) from Hyuga-shi station and right outside of Hyuga City Hall. Around ¥6000 a night.
Hyuga Dai-ichi Hotel – Close to Hyuga City Hall. ¥5500 a night.
Lumiere – Next to Hyuga Dai-ichi Hotel. ¥5000 a night.
Hyuga City Tourism Incorporated Association 982-55-0235
Thanks to the Nippo Main Line, it is very easy and convenient to travel through much of Kyushu from Hyuga. The line runs from Kagoshima all the way to Hakata Station in Fukuoka through eastern Kyushu. Many tourist hotspots will take 2 to 4 hours from Hyuga depending on the location. Do note that train costs tend to be higher than other parts of Japan, particularly due to the spread out nature of Kyushu.
Miyazaki City is a 45 minute train ride from Hyuga by express train, and has several express buses to locations such as Nagasaki and Kumamoto which the Nippo Main Line doesn`t cover. There is also an airport, with flights to major Japanese cities and limited access to nearby Taipei and Seoul.