Tachibana is the main street of Miyazaki city, with the entertainment district and the restaurant district at the northern end, and the City Hall and Prefectural buildings at the south. The same street that leads from Miyazaki Station due west, Takachiho-dori intersects with Tachibana. This can properly be considered the central business and entertainment district of Miyazaki city. On the southwest and south east corners of this intersection are the two major department stores, Bon Belta (SW) and Yamakataya (SE).
Aeon Mall (イオンモール宮崎)
If you miss spending your free time consuming products in large, impersonal spaces crammed with people, then come to Aeon! An eerily accurate replica of an American mall, it’s also the largest shopping center in the prefecture, and is located on the northeast side of the city. Like any good mall, parking is abundant. The most useful thing is a shop selling western food, Kaldi, which sells difficult-to-source commodities like Quaker oats, cherry coke, South African wine and numerous kinds of cheese. There is also a large multiplex cinema with all the latest American movies in English with Japanese subtitles. Also, Starbucks. If you are feeling somewhat out of place in your new surroundings, a visit to Aeon can be strangely comforting.
Bon Belta is a great place to go to buy clothes, gifts, and food products, with the basement forming an enormous underground market of fresh and packaged foods. Bon Belta also has a bakery in the basement, and the more expensive but sought-after prefectural products like mangoes, Miyazaki beer (Hideji and Aya), Miyazaki beef and a host of sealed goods that you can send home.
Kaldi (map), Foodaly (map), and Happiness (map), are great places to look for foreign foods. Happiness is also good for finding bulk quantities of items like spices.
Taiyo is a good place to go for your dairy (or dairy alternative) needs in addition to your general grocery needs. Their rewards system is actually beneficial, so sign up early if you’re going to be here a while!
Max Value and Trial are discount stores offering groceries and home goods.
A-Coop is a good place to find organic and special diet ingredients.
Daiso and Seria are 100円 shops with a wide selection of home goods, craft supplies, and seasonal items.
Desaki Depot offers a large collection stationery, art supplies, home goods, and greeting cards.
Don Quixote (ドンキホーテ) is a maze of small electronics, seasonal goods, and foreign foods.
Hard-Off is the place for used goods, electronics, games, and furniture.
UNIQLO is your go-to for larger sizes, seasonal wear, and clothing essentials.
Fashion Center Shimamura carries larger sized shoes and clothing and is very reasonably priced.
Mac House is another store that carries larger sizes.
Home & Electronics
Muji (無印良品) sells high quality furniture and housewares.
Nitori is Japan’s version of IKEA. Cheap, affordable furniture and housewares. Some assembly may be required, but they’ll set it up for you in your home for a fee.
Nafco is a hardware store that sells everything including textiles, cookware, cleaning products, bicycles and furniture.
Handsman is another hardware store offering everything from building materials and gardening supplies to crafting supplies and household goods.
Books & Media
Tsutaya is your go-to for new books, CDs, DVDs, and stationery. You can find many Japanese learning materials here.
Mangasouko is a great place for all things gaming and manga, both used and new.
Book-Off is where you can find used games and comics.
GEO offers DVD, CD, and manga rentals and a limited selection of books