Aoshima (青島)

Aoshima is on the coastal road about 20 minutes south of Miyazaki City. One of the better-known surf and swimming locations in Miyazaki, it takes its name from one of the most popular tourist attractions in the prefecture: the teardrop shaped island just off the main beach.

It may look like a scene right out of Jurassic Park, but fortunately Aoshima is a resort town dotted with large hotels that offer hot spring baths and luxurious packages. In the summer months when the water is warm and clear, swimmers abound, and you can rent all sorts of swimming equipment at stalls on the beach. In the cooler months, surfers and bodyboarders take over the waters. Just be careful of the stingers and the jellyfish!

After your biking, hiking, and swimming, try one of the nearby hotel hot springs for great views of the Pacific while you wind down.