5 of the Best Autumn-leaf Viewing Spots in Miyazaki Where You Can Enjoy the Autumn Leaves and the Nature.


Miyazaki is blessed with nature-rich sea, mountains and rivers. Let us show you some of the famous autumn-leaf viewing spots in Miyazaki. We’re sure that you will have memorable experience with these sceneries.

Mt. Okue

Mt. Okue which is situated in Nobeoka-shi, Miyazaki prefecture has recently been getting popularity as the last unexplored region in Kyushu Island. The mountain attracts many climbers throughout the year, and maples and tsutsuji trees are very pleasing to your eyes during the autumn-leaf season in the autumn. The best time for autumn-leaf viewing there is between the end of October and mid-November.

Horigawa Valley

Horigawa Valley in Nobeoka-shi, Miyazaki prefecture features pristine stream of Horigawa River, which is referred to as the miraculously limpid stream. The scenery created by the blue river and the trees along the valley changing their color to that of the autumn is marvelous. The best time to visit for autumn leaves is between the end of October and mid-November.

Ebino Highlands
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At Ebino Highlands located in Ebino-shi, Miyazaki prefecture, you can experience the beauty of the autumn leaves reflected on the cobalt-blue surface of a pond. In addition, you can view the most beautiful autumn leaves around Rokkannon Oike pond, which is acclaimed as the most beautiful crater lakes in Kirishima. The best autumn-leaf viewing time is between the end of October and the beginning of November.

Takachiho Gorge
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Takachiho Gorge, which is famous as it has been regarded as the place where gods rest, and it attracts many tourists throughout the year. We want to recommend you to ride on an excursion boat for the autumn-leaf viewing through towering basalt column. The best autumn-leaf viewing season is between the mid-November and the end of November.

Mitate Valley

Mitate Valley is a valley which spreads across the area surrounding the upstream of the 24km (approx. 15mi) -long Hinokage River, and it is renowned for the oddly-shaped rocks and limpid stream. There are attractions such as stone-walled village selected as one of the 100 best rice terraces in Japan, as well as Eikokukan (British Mansion), one of the Nationally Registered Tangible Cultural Properties along the side of the river. The annual event, Momiji Matsuri festival, will be held on November 1st for this year at around event square in Mizunashidaira. The best autumn-leaf viewing time is between the end of October and the end of November.

All of somewhat mysterious autumn-leaf viewing spots in Miyazaki are something you might not want to miss.

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