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Largest City

Shimin no Mori (Country Forest)

By Elizabeth Sok

Planned as part of the centennial celebrations of the Meiji Restoration and opened in October 1971, Miyazaki City’s Shimin no Mori covers almost thirty hectares of the Awakigahara Forest Park. Divided into two large zones, this green space has plenty of attractions for flower lovers, history buffs and visitors of all ages.

Take a break from the hustle and bustle of the city and spend an afternoon enjoying a leisurely walk or bike ride through nature.

East Zone

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Photo by: PIXTA/ こたろう A sea of water lilies.

From the East Entrance, one of the first areas that you’ll come across is Misogi Pond, a pond that is a must-see if you’re stopping by between May and September. During this time, about four thousand water lilies come into bloom which cover the surface of the water. Otherwise, the pond has the honor of being mentioned in the first known text about the history of Japan written in the 8th century. This pond and the nearby Eda Shrine play key roles in the birth of a trio of important Shinto deities, Amaterasu (the sun goddess), Tsukuyomi (the moon goddess) and Susano (god of the sea and storms).

Continuing towards the West Zone, families with children should make time to stop at the Kids Area and Adventure Playground, two parks that will entertain the little ones and provide adults a chance to take a break. Visitors planning a trip to Shimin no Mori in June will want to take a stroll through Hydrangea Path which flanks you with the quintessential flower of the rainy season.

Hanashobu Garden

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Photo by: PIXTA/ こたろう Seasonal blooms are a great reason to come back all year round.

Measuring about four thousand three hundred meters square, the Hanashobu Garden, named after the Japanese iris, features its namesake in full bloom in late May and early June. As Miyazaki City’s official flower, you’ll find no better place to view them than this garden which is home to about seventy thousand. If you’re lucky enough to visit during this period, you’ll be able to enjoy the Hanashobu Festival which has been running annually since 1977.

West Zone

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Photo by: PIXTA/こたろう Care for a picnic?

In addition to Hanashobu Garden, the West Zone also has a large green space perfect for picnics and a popular place to spread out and relax. There are two gardens on this side as well: one which houses about three hundred and forty camellia plants blooming from mid-January to around March and another containing around a hundred and sixty red and white Japanese plum trees in full bloom from late January to mid-February.

Things To Know


Hours: Open every day from 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Closed between December 29 – January 3. 

Admission: Free

How To Get There


By train

From Miyazaki station, take a bus going in the direction of Florante Miyazaki and get off at the Shimin no Mori stop.

By foot

Walk about 35 minutes from Hasugaike station on the JR Nippo Honsen Line.  

Where To Stay

Sheraton Grande Ocean Resort
  • Fuenitsukusurizo-To Kabushikigaishiya, Miyazaki-shi, Miyazaki, 880-8545 Japan
  • ¥26,315 - ¥154,565
  • 4.39/5 (3,219 reviews)
  • 1.2 km
Luxze Hitotsuba Cottage Himuka
  • Fuenitsukusurizo-To Kabushikigaishiya, Miyazaki-shi, Miyazaki, 880-8545 Japan
  • ¥12,800 - ¥64,700
  • 4.2/5 (632 reviews)
  • 3.9 km
Miyazaki Daiichi Hotel
  • 5-4-14 Tachibanadori Higashi, Miyazaki-shi, Miyazaki, 880-0805 Japan
  • ¥4,950 - ¥27,000
  • 4.31/5 (1,772 reviews)
  • 7.0 km
JR Kyushu Hotel Miyazaki
  • 1-10 Nishikimachi, Miyazaki-shi, Miyazaki, 880-0811 Japan
  • ¥8,360 - ¥38,000
  • 4.36/5 (1,279 reviews)
  • 7.1 km
Art Hotel Miyazaki Sky Tower
  • 2-1-26 Takachihodori, Miyazaki-shi, Miyazaki, 880-0812 Japan
  • ¥6,930 - ¥66,580
  • 4.07/5 (1,994 reviews)
  • 7.3 km

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