Visiting Kyushu during my winter vacation, I also stopped by at Miyazaki Prefecture. 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.
The reason I wanted to visit were those huge stone statues, also known as MOAI.
The originals can be found on Easter Island.
They are pretty cool and … HUGE!!
So beautiful with the ocean in the background.
Of course there were millions of Japanese who wanted to take photos with them.
Please note that I visited during New Year’s – which is usually a busy travel time in Japan.
You can climb up a little hill. From there the view is really nice as you can see.
Apart from the stone figures everywhere there is not that much 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?
Again something to rant about in the “I’m a German Alien in Japan” – series, huh?
Well, the view is definitely beautiful … as almost everywhere along the Nichinan Coastline!
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.
The museum featured some “interesting” exhibits.
There were also a few nice viewing platforms.
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!
You can probably tell that I really liked Miyazaki.
So much that I went back there in December 2017 to discover even more spots there!