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  Seven stars cruise train in Kyushu Japan called “Nanatsuboshi” now available exclusively by JTB The “Seven Stars in Kyushu” luxury train sets a new standard for train travel in Japan. With the rooms limited to a total of 14 suites, the train is a luxurious travelling hotel, coasting through the countryside of Japan’s southern island of Kyushu. This is a true “Cruise train”, offering the ultimate in comfort and...

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Nobeoka City in Miyazaki Prefecture.
 During World War II Nobeoka was one of the most important centers of military explosives in Japan. 1945, over one-third of the city was destroyed by fire-bombings, so many of the buildings have been built in more recent years. One of the most visited remaining structures is Imayama Hachimangu (今山八幡宮), which is a small shrine on a hill. While most visitors are local Japanese, you’ll find this...

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Located along the beautiful Nichinan Coastline (日南海岸), Aoshima Island (青島) is a very small island in Miyazaki Prefecture. It is very picturesque and fulfills most people’s visions of Miyazaki as it is filled with beaches and palm trees. It’s connected to the main land via a bridge.
 The island is famous for Aoshima Shrine but even more so for being surrounded by unique rock formations called “Ogre’s Washboard” (鬼の洗濯板 – oni...

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Located just three hours drive from Fukuoka, Takachiho, in Miyazaki Prefecture, is a beautiful and spiritual area in Japan. The drive is very easy and pleasant, with many places to stop along the way. It’s in Takachiho, that you’ll find a place called Amano Yasugawara, the site of one of Japan’s most popular legends. According mythology, the Shinto sun goddess Amaterasu hid herself in the cave, refusing to come out, and depriving the...

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Miyazaki-jingu (宮崎神宮) is a Shinto shrine located in Miyazaki, and it the most important one there. It is dedicated to Emperor Jinmu, who was the first emperor of Japan according to Japan’s creation myth. The shrine was said to have been established almost 3,000 years ago. This shrine is large but not often frequented by foreigner visitors. Many large events are held here throughout the year, including the annual yabusame...

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Besides beautiful Aoshima, Miyazaki’s Nichinan coast has many other worthwhile places to visit. Udo Shrine (鵜戸神宮) is a short bus ride from Aoshima and is a great side-trip option. While it might be a little out of reach for some, I assure you a visit is worth it! It’s quite a long walk up to the shrine, and involves a lot of stairs. Don’t worry though as you can go slowly, while stopping from time to time to take photos...

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