Writer: Mathew Russell

Matt is an Australian living and working in the far south of Kyushu. As a nature lover, he's constantly looking for excuses to get out and about in the forests and mountains of Japan, especially if there's the possibility of finding a nice hidden restaurant or onsen at the end of a long day of walking.

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Five Things to Do in Miyazaki City

Due to its position in the far south east of Japan, Miyazaki was largely undeveloped for most of Japan's history and as such is home to some beautiful untouched landscapes and national parks, as well as natural locations that tie into Japan's earliest mythology. Miyazaki City, the prefecture's capital, tends to be a little overlooked when considering what Miyazaki as a whole has to offer.

Sengan-en: A Day at a Feudal Lord’s Home

Kagoshima city holds a large number of interesting historical sites, but few of them are as big as Sengan-en, a sprawling Japanese garden and house on the northern edge of the city. It is one of Kagoshima's most popular tourist spots and aside from the attraction within the gardens itself, it commands a wonderful view of Sakurajima, Kagoshima's iconic volcano.

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