May
28
2012

Miyazaki: Sunmesse Nichinan

After visiting Aoshima and Udo Shrine along the Nichinan Coast, my last destination of the day was the Sunmesse Nichinan.
It’s not really a typical tourist attraction for foreign tourists, I guess. It’s more like an amusement park.

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Miyazaki Sunmesse Nichinan

The reason I wanted to visit were those huge stone statues, also known as MOAI.
The originals can be found on Easter Island.

Miyazaki Sunmesse Nichinan

They are pretty cool and … HUGE!!

Miyazaki Sunmesse Nichinan

So beautiful with the ocean in the background.

Miyazaki Sunmesse Nichinan

Of course there were millions of Japanese who wanted to take photos with them.

Miyazaki Sunmesse Nichinan

You can climb up a little hill. From there the view is really nice as you can see.

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Apart from the stone figures everywhere there is not that much to discover or to do.
There were also a few horses and cows.
Actually when I was taking this photo I noticed that 2 Japanese guys stopped taking photos of the animals and took some of me instead. Really annoying. Am I a zoo animal or what? smilie
Again something to rant about in the “I’m a German Alien in Japan” – series, huh?

Miyazaki Sunmesse Nichinan

Well, the view is definitely beautiful … as almost everywhere along the Nichinan Coastline!

Miyazaki Sunmesse Nichinan

On the top of the hill there was a restaurant with a small museum.
As I was done for the day, I took a break and ate this yummy matcha cake.

Miyazaki Sunmesse Nichinan

The museum featured some “interesting” exhibits.

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There were also a few nice viewing platforms.

TOURIST INFORMATION

Opening Hours: 9:30am-5:30pm
Holidays: Every 1st and 3rd Wednesday. August (unless it’s a national holiday).
Entrance fee: 700yen (*1 adult)
Parking Lot: Yes: for ~ 220 cars
Website: www.sun-messe.co.jp
Access: From Miyazaki Sta. take a bus bound for “Nichinan” and get off at “サンメッセ日南” (Sunmesse Nichinan). It will take about 1h20min. It’s the same bus that also stops at Udo Shrine and Aoshima!

And that was my 2nd day in Miyazaki.
In the evening I took a bus to Kagoshima from where I started my journey to Yakushima!
Stay tuned for more! smilie

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