The most western city in Miyazaki Prefecture, Ebino is a jewel in the prefecture’s crown. Nestled between the Southern Kyushu Mountains and one of Japan’s first National Parks (Kirishima National Park, 霧島国立公園), Ebino plays host to many sights of natural beauty and some of the best rice in the prefecture. Ebino’s succulent rice is said to be thanks to the blessings of it’s patron deity, Tanokansa, whose likeness is depicted in over 140 statues around the area (treasure hunt, anyone?). Most famous for it’s rich hot spring culture, Ebino is ideally located between both Kagoshima (鹿児島) and Kumamoto (熊本) Prefectures. This onsen town can be a pleasant stop on a longer trip, or a base location which you will find is more than adequately equipped to suit your needs.
City Website: http://www.city.ebino.lg.jp/english/