Japan Drive Route Guide

Area
Kyushu
Travel Period
4D3N
Route
4507
Overview
Start
Miyazaki
Goal
Miyazaki
Way
return_trip
Travel Pace
normal
Distance
400 km
Rank
Highway fee
¥ 1,500
About this route
This is a 4 days and 3 nights route which covers both Nishimera and Shiiba village, deep in the mountain area, and Takachiho town which is filled with amazing sightseeing spots. The driving distance is about 400km. You can drive through the mountain from Nishimera village to Shiiba village. You can experience what the real and savage Japan truly is. This route includes special hidden spots which are not known by most of Japanese people themselves, like an observatory where you can observe hidden rice terrace and majestic waterfalls. You also have a chance to experience local traditional sacred music and dance which has continued for centuries. The biggest highlight is the Takachiho Gorge that is one of the most popular sightseeing spots in whole Kyushu. You should visit there in the morning to avoid the crowds. If you are lucky, it is possible to see the ‘sea of clouds’ at Kunimigaoka Observatory. It is a highly attractive route. However, you need to drive through very narrow and winding roads in deep mountains for 80km. It is recommended for travelers who have enough confidence about driving.

Miyazaki

sightseeing
66 325 096
Location Guide Page

Nishimera village

restaurant
600 785 142*31
Location Guide Page

Ayano Teruha Suspension Bridge

sightseeing
600 068 462*38
Location Guide Page

Saitobaru kofungun

sightseeing
219 121 371
Location Guide Page

Ogawasakugoya Village

sightseeing
600 820 681*30
Location Guide Page

Miyazaki Airport

public_facility
66 142 206
Location Guide Page

Ayano Teruha Suspension Bridge

sightseeing
600 068 462*38
Location Guide Page

Ogawasakugoya Village

sightseeing
600 820 681*30
Location Guide Page

Kikuchi Museum

sightseeing
600 813 134*63
Location Guide Page

STELLA SPORTS

other
600 784 833*18
Location Guide Page

Nishimera Onsen Yutato

sightseeing
600 784 268*08
Location Guide Page

Mizuumi No Eki

restaurant
600 643 816
Location Guide Page

Saitobaru kofungun

sightseeing
219 121 371
Location Guide Page

Nippon Rent a Car(Miyazaki Airport)

rental_car
66 142 262*48
Location Guide Page

Heiwadai Park

sightseeing
66 410 244
Location Guide Page

AEON MALL Miyazaki

sightseeing
66 325 096
Location Guide Page

Shusen no Mori

sightseeing
591 853 669
Location Guide Page

Soba Maru

restaurant
66 570 371*71
Location Guide Page

Nishimera village

restaurant
600 785 142*31
Location Guide Page

Shiiba village

sightseeing
501 753 297*87
Location Guide Page

Ten root river Traditional District

sightseeing
330 038 042*72
Location Guide Page

Hinoki tree of Okubo

sightseeing
330 009 684*46
Location Guide Page

Shiiba Folk Entertainment Museum

sightseeing
501 753 297*87
Location Guide Page

Tsurutomiyashiki House

sightseeing
501 753 297*87
Location Guide Page

Shiiba Folk Entertainment Museum

sightseeing
501 753 297*87
Location Guide Page

Hinoki tree of Okubo

sightseeing
330 009 684*46
Location Guide Page

Large ginkgo observation deck

sightseeing
501 853 735*17
Location Guide Page

Ten root river Traditional District

sightseeing
330 038 042*72
Location Guide Page

Kikuchi Museum

sightseeing
600 813 134*63
Location Guide Page

STELLA SPORTS

other
600 784 833*18
Location Guide Page

Nishimera Onsen Yutato

sightseeing
600 784 268*08
Location Guide Page

Shiiba village

sightseeing
501 753 297*87
Location Guide Page

Takachiho town

restaurant
330 742 480*22
Location Guide Page

Unokonotaki Falls

sightseeing
Check Description
Location Guide Page

Kunimigaoka Observatory

sightseeing
330 768 798
Location Guide Page

Amanoiwato Shrine

sightseeing
330 837 575*60
Location Guide Page

Tsurutomiyashiki House

sightseeing
501 753 297*87
Location Guide Page

Shiiba Folk Entertainment Museum

sightseeing
501 753 297*87
Location Guide Page

Hinoki tree of Okubo

sightseeing
330 009 684*46
Location Guide Page

Large ginkgo observation deck

sightseeing
501 853 735*17
Location Guide Page

Ten root river Traditional District

sightseeing
330 038 042*72
Location Guide Page

Relation tower Valley(Nakato Vallay)

sightseeing
330 155 676*15
Location Guide Page

Unokonotaki Falls

sightseeing
Check Description
Location Guide Page

Amanoiwato Shrine

sightseeing
330 837 575*60
Location Guide Page

Ishinokura

restaurant
330 740 597*54
Location Guide Page

Soba Tennann

restaurant
330 742 693*82
Location Guide Page

Nagomi

restaurant
330 742 480*22
Location Guide Page

Takachiho Gorge

sightseeing
330 711 730*31
Location Guide Page

Kunimigaoka Observatory

sightseeing
330 768 798
Location Guide Page

Takachiho town

restaurant
330 742 480*22
Location Guide Page

Miyazaki

sightseeing
66 325 096
Location Guide Page

Takachiho Gorge

sightseeing
330 711 730*31
Location Guide Page

Umagase

sightseeing
136 322 281
Location Guide Page

Mimitsu Historical District

sightseeing
136 013 146*47
Location Guide Page

Unokonotaki Falls

sightseeing
Check Description
Location Guide Page

Omi Shrine

sightseeing
136 288 008*28
Location Guide Page

Somegaoka Sun Flower Field

sightseeing
219 287 794*14
Location Guide Page

Tsuno Winery

sightseeing
219 681 648
Location Guide Page

Togenkyo Point

sightseeing
136 535 736
Location Guide Page

Saitobaru kofungun

sightseeing
219 121 371
Location Guide Page

Nippon Rent a Car(Miyazaki Airport)

rental_car
66 142 262*48
Location Guide Page

Amanoiwato Shrine

sightseeing
330 837 575*60
Location Guide Page

Ishinokura

restaurant
330 740 597*54
Location Guide Page

Soba Tennann

restaurant
330 742 693*82
Location Guide Page

Nagomi

restaurant
330 742 480*22
Location Guide Page

Takachiho Gorge

sightseeing
330 711 730*31
Location Guide Page

Kunimigaoka Observatory

sightseeing
330 768 798
Location Guide Page

Umagase

sightseeing
136 322 281
Location Guide Page

The Sea Cross

sightseeing
136 291 837
Location Guide Page

Mimitsu Historical District

sightseeing
136 013 146*47
Location Guide Page

Florante Miyazaki

sightseeing
66 446 186
Location Guide Page

Heiwadai Park

sightseeing
66 410 244
Location Guide Page

AEON MALL Miyazaki

sightseeing
66 325 096
Location Guide Page

Honoka Dining

restaurant
66 325 103*08
Location Guide Page

Teppanyaki Steak House Miyachiku

restaurant
66 325 072*04
Location Guide Page

Miyachiku Oyodokahan branch

restaurant
66 261 282*05
Location Guide Page

Roadside Station Yochimiroya

public_facility
498 044 069
Location Guide Page

Miyazaki Airport

public_facility
66 142 206
Location Guide Page
Day. 1Miyazaki to Nishimera village
This day heads from Miyazaki city to Nishimera village. The driving distance is about 130km only, but you will drive in a mountain area, so it is recommended to depart by 9:00. The first destination is the impressive "Ayano Teruha Suspension Bridge(綾の照葉大吊橋)". It is 250m suspension pedestrian bridge in the deep mountains. You can have lunch at the Soba restaurant near the bridge and then head to "Saitobaru Kofungun(西都原古墳群)". It is a sacred place where three hundred kofuns or tombs which were built around the 3-7 century are present. It is also a famous place to see the wonderful cherry blossoms which makes it highly recommended in spring. Then, you can drive more deeply into the mountain area. At "Ogawasakugoya Village(おがわ作小谷村)", you can enjoy local food and also observe more than 1000 old agricultural equipments and items displayed in the museum. Then, you can drive to the next destination: The Nishimera village. It is located deeply in the mountain. The road is very narrow and winding. To reach the Nishimera village before sunset, it is recommended to leave Ogawasakugoya village by 4 o'clock.
Rent a car at Miyazaki
Rent and return a car at Miyazaki Each driving route in Miyazaki prefecture starts and ends at Miyazaki city. Then, we recommend you to rent a car from either rental car branch stated bellow. ①Miyazaki Airport Branch : For customers who take flight. ②Miyazaki Station Branch : For customers who stay in Miyazaki city. Please refuel before returning your car. For travelers taking a flight from the airport. It is highly recommended to reach rental car shop 3 hours before your departure. You can search for an accommodation in Miyazaki city from the link bellow. https://www.agoda.com/partners/partnersearch.aspx?pcs=1&cid=1813587&hl=en&city=13561
Stay at Nishimera village
On this day you will stay at "Nishimera village(高千穂町)". This is a small village which is located aside the river, deep in the mountain. We recommend you not to stay at normal accommodation, but rather to opt for Glamping. Glamping is like a luxury camp. The staff already prepares tents and all other camping facilities. You can book it from the link bellow. https://stella-sports.jp (They don't have an English page. Please use the online translation of your browser. You can pay by credit card)
Day. 2Nishimera village to Shiiba village
This day heads from Nishimera village to Shiiba village, known to be « the land of mystery ». The driving distance is only 70km so there is no need to rush. However, we, at Drive Japan, really need to inform you about the road condition. These locations are located the deepest mountain areas, so the roads are very narrow and winding for 55km. There are no sightseeing spots, restaurant, shops and even vending machines there. Please prepare drinks and snacks in Nishimera village before your departure. All the highlights for this day are in Shiiba village. First destination is the delightful "Large ginkgo observation deck(大イチョウ展望台)". You can look down at small rice terrace on the opposite side mountain from here and can understand why this village is called the land of mystery. After that, you can head to "Ten root river Traditional District(十根川伝建地区)" where are preserved traditional old houses. At last, you can visit both the "Tsurutomiyashiki House(鶴富屋敷)" and the "Shiiba Folk Entertainment Museum(椎葉民俗芸能博物館)" in order to learn the historical background about this hidden small village.
Stay at Shiiba village
On this day you will stay at "Shiiba village(椎葉村)". Shiiba village is a very small and unkown village, deep in the mountain. There is no luxuary Ryokan but you can stay at very local inn with warming local staff. Their local food will also be an unforgettable memory. Unfortunately, most of the accommodation there don't have online booking. We recommend you to ask your hotel staff in Miyazaki to make reservation. Bellow is an inn list in Shiiba village. https://www.shiibakanko.jp.e.aek.hp.transer.com/stay
Day. 3Shiiba village to Takachiho town
This day heads from Shiiba village to Takachiho town. The driving distance is only 70km but there are many highlights. The first half, you need to drive through a narrow mountain road for 35km. You should prepare some drinks and snacks in Shiiba village before your departure. First, you can drop by the "Relation tower Valley (Nakato Vallay)(仲塔渓谷)" and then heads to the "Urokonotaki Falls(うろこの滝)". The falls are not famous and most of Japanese people don't know about this place, but it is really worth visiting. After the waterfalls, you can reach Takachiho town. Both a Soba restaurant and a steak restaurant which serve the famous Miyazaki beef are recommended. Then, you can go to the "Amanoiwato Shrine(天岩戸神社)". You can visit not only a splendid shrine, but also a short walking pass beside the river called Amanoyasukawara(天安河原) and find a big cave with a unique Torii gate. The last destination is the "Kunimigaoka observatory(国見ヶ丘展望台)". It is also not famous, but you will be amazed by the 360-degree mountain view there. At night, you should experience the "Takachiho Kagura(高千穂神楽)". It is a sacred music and dance which has continued in the Takachiho area for many centuries. Only tourists staying at Takachiho town have the opportunity to watch it. Reservation is not required.
Stay at Takachiho town
On this day you will stay at "Takachiho Town(高千穂町)". Although it is a very small town, there is a variety of accommodation, from cheap B&B to luxuary Ryokan with Onsen facilities. The town itself is rather small and most of restaurants and shops in the city close early in the evening so you better book a plan with dinner and breakfast included. You can find accommodations in Takachiho town from the link bellow. https://www.agoda.com/partners/partnersearch.aspx?pcs=1&cid=1813587&hl=en&city=107611 If you would like to see the "Takachiho Kagura(高千穂神楽)", the sacred music and dance paformance, it is convenient to choose an accommodation near Takachiho Shrine.
Day. 4Takachiho town to Miyazaki
This day heads from Takachiho town to Miyazaki city. The driving distance is about 160km and there are many highlights. If you would like to visit as many spots as possible, it is recommended to depart early. If you travel in between middle of September and end of November, you have the chance to observe the sea of clouds at "Kunimigaoka observatory(国見ヶ丘展望台)". Please check possibility with staff members at your inn. The biggest highlight on this day is of course the famous "Takachiho Gorge(高千穂峡)". It is recommended to visit in the morning when it isn’t too crowded yet so that you can enjoy boating easily. It is better to have lunch in Takachiho town too. Then let's move to "Umagase(馬ヶ背)" a beautiful cape where you can see a panoramic ocean view. If you still have time before heading to Miyazaki, you can stop by the "Mimitsu Town(美々津)". It is a not well-known small fisherman's village which is listed as a preserved district of traditional buildings. We recommend you to take the highway from Takachiho gorge to Umagase and Umagase to Miyazaki due to no sightseeing spots in between. In addition, there are amazing cherry blossom places during spring. If you travel in that period, our daily driving map will guide you to these spots. It is really worth seeing so you should make it your priority.
Return a car at Miyazaki
Rent and return a car at Miyazaki Each driving route in Miyazaki prefecture starts and ends at Miyazaki city. Then, we recommend you to rent a car from either rental car branch stated bellow. ①Miyazaki Airport Branch : For customers who take flight. ②Miyazaki Station Branch : For customers who stay in Miyazaki city. Please refuel before returning your car. For travelers taking a flight from the airport. It is highly recommended to reach rental car shop 3 hours before your departure. You can search for an accommodation in Miyazaki city from the link bellow. https://www.agoda.com/partners/partnersearch.aspx?pcs=1&cid=1813587&hl=en&city=13561
Sorry, we provide our service for Kyushu and Okinawa only. Other areas are under development.