Miyazaki Prefecture’s original capital city, Hyuga is in the process of undergoing some downtown renovations and restyling according to the popular, box-like architectural aesthetic that’s trending in Japan these days. Big enough to have all the amenities, shopping centers and attractions of city life, without the metropolitan buzz and bustle, Hyuga sports prime beaches and surf spots. For some of the best surfing to be had in the area, try Okuragahama (小倉ヶ浜) and Kanegahama (金ヶ浜) beaches, or swim in the mostly placid waves at Isegahama (伊勢が浜) beach.
You can also get your fill of ocean-side shrines and the beautiful Green Park, which sits next to Hyuga station, the most beautiful train station in the entire prefecture. There are beautiful lookout points, as well as Sea Cross, a natural rock formation in the shape of a cross, with the turquoise waters of the Hyuga-nada Sea flowing through it.
For restaurants, try the American call-back, diner-style Nap Café, or go for the soothing lull and jazzy loft vibes of Buckayro Comfort Café and Bar. You can also satisfy that sweet tooth and get your cake on at world-class patisserie Sweet Soul, a tiny shop packed with the best in Japanese ケーキ.
Hyuga is also world famous for hosting the Hyottoko Natsumatsuri Dance Festival (日向ひょっとこ夏祭り), every year in the month of August. This strange dance sees men and women in short red yukata (浴衣) and expressive, cute and sometimes disturbing masks. During this process, most of these dancers are quite drunk, and dance comically and also erotically through Hyuga’s streets. Loads of fun to watch, and you can even participate!
Hyuga City website: http://www.city.hyuga.miyazaki.jp/
Supermarkets Coop A little expensive, but good quality Maruichi Cheap with great vegetables Naganoya A little expensive, but sometimes has harder to find foods like peanut butter Sano (Kadogawa) Our only supermarket with a foreign foods section. Electronics Yamada Denki An electronics store located on Route 10, just south of the Shiomi River Malls & … Continue reading Shopping
Health & Fitness
Yoshida Clinic Recommended for its English speaking doctor. It offers care for general health issues and illness. They will help you set up appointments with a specialist or emergency care, if necessary. You do need to make an appointment before going. TEL: (0982) 55-0770 Chiyoda Hospital The main hospital in this area, good for more … Continue reading Health & Fitness
Minato Festival (mid-July) This festival includes a historical parade that has a large moving pagoda and dances, festival food and later in the night drumming. It is held near Hososhima. Hyuga Hyotoko (early August) Ever wanted to see men gyrating through the streets barely clothed? Wanted to watch people dressed in scary masks frighten children? … Continue reading Festivals
Sights & Attractions
Omi Shrine & Isegahama Omi Shrine is located next to Hyuga’s most popular swimming beach. Omi Shrine has beautiful views of the ocean and a little cave shrine for those willing to risk the steps down to see it. Sea Cross One of the most famous landmarks, the sea cross supposedly looks like the kanji for … Continue reading Sights & Attractions
Food & Drinks
Taxi & Daiko Services Himawari Taxi The main taxi service in Hyuga. You can wave one down or walk right up to one near the train station. They are also available to call for pick-up, though you will have to speak Japanese for any of their services. TEL (taxi): (0982) 52-3535 TEL (daiko): (0982) 52-1919. … Continue reading Services