Miyazaki is situated in the southern part of the Kyushu region. You can travel down to Miyazaki by purchasing the JR South Kyushu Pass. Miyazaki’s most famous attraction would be the Takachiho Gorge. The narrow gorge is followed by green foliage by the walls and a waterfall, which adds more charms to the place. Aside from attractions, for every first-timer, you also need to try some of Miyazaki’s local foods which are absolutely delicious.
This is a fried chicken dish but with a little twist. The chicken is deep-fried in oil, soaked in a sweet vinegar sauce, and coated with tartare sauce. The taste is a little bit sweet but mixed with a hint of spiciness. Chicken Nanban is usually served with plain rice and vegetables. This dish is very popular among the locals when it was first introduced back in the 1950s. It was created to add flavour to the chicken breasts.
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To taste the authentic flavour of Chicken Nanban, head to a restaurant called Ogura Honten. The store is located near to Yamagata-ya Mae Bus Stop. This is the actual birthplace of Chicken Nanban and the restaurant provides a generous amount of tartare sauce for this dish. Where else should you go to taste the real flavour of Chicken Nanban?
Address: 3 -4-24 Tachibanadorihigashi, Miyazaki, 880-0805, Japan
Operating Hours: 1:00AM–2:30PM, 5:00PM–8:00PM
Contact Number: +81 985-22-2296
This beef is the mother of beef in Japan due to its excellent taste and quality. Miyazaki beef comes from Japanese Black Cow (Kuroge Washu), which is the highest grade of cows and they are bred in Miyazaki. The farmers fed only corns and wheat to make sure that the meat produced has the best quality among other kinds of beef. The beef is not only famous in Miyazaki, but also in Japan and other parts of the world. Miyazaki beef is normally served as steak, shabu-shabu, sukiyaki, skewers, and teppanyaki. It is known for the tenderness and a well-marbled pattern that indicates how good the beef is.
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One of the top restaurants that serve Miyazaki beef is Steakhouse Angus. Operated for over 40 years, you can taste Miyazaki beef fillet steak cooked right in front you by the chef. Aside from that, the Miyazaki beef is grown from the restaurant’s owner’s farm which makes it extra authentic.
Address: 1-2-3 Shimizu, Watanabe Building, Miyazaki 880-0021, Miyazaki Prefecture
Operating Hours: 11:30AM-2:00PM, 5:30PM-10:00PM
Contact Number: 0985-29-1848
Hiya-jiru is a cold soup dish that is commonly eaten during summer to combat the heat. By eating this dish, it is said that you will be able to avoid heat fatigue as it is very refreshing. The cold soup contains cucumber, bean curd, tofu, shredded fish and sesame seeds in a miso broth. It is poured over the top of plain rice and comes with a few side dishes to balance out the taste.
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Try Hiya-jiru set meal at Suginoko restaurant, located also in Tachibana Street. The restaurant adds several rare ingredients inside the soup to make it distinctive.
Address: 2-1-4 Tachibanadori Nishi, Miyazaki 880-0001, Miyazaki Prefecture
Contact Number: +81 985-22-5798
Closest Train Station: Miyazaki Station
Operating Hours: 11:30AM-1:30PM (Lunch), 5:00PM-10:30PM (Dinner)
Charcoal Grilled Chicken
This is not your typical charcoal-grilled chicken, this chicken is a locally grown under the brand of Miyazaki Jitokko. Their chickens are fed with controlled diet food to make their meat high in quality. Chickens are chopped into small pieces and grilled over charcoal at a high temperature. They only use salt as the seasoning to make the meat very juicy.
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One of the top restaurants that serve the best charcoal grilled chicken is Gunkei Kakushigura. Here you can taste grilled chicken thighs, chicken wings with many kinds of flavour. For instance, butter pepper, yuzu pepper, and yuzu spring onions.
Address: 8-12 Chuodori, Miyazaki 880-0002, Miyazaki Prefecture
Contact Number: +81 985-28-4365
Operating Hours: 5:00PM-12:00AM
This udon is said to come from Miyazaki. After it is boiled, the udon will be dipped in a hot broth, not in cold water. As a result, the udon will become slightly chewier. Then, it is served with small bits of tempura batter as the topping, along with other spices to give it a kick.
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In Aoshima, a restaurant named Kamaage Udon Iwami provides the best kama-age udon in the area. After the customers finish their udon, the soup will be poured into a glass to drink. The soup is said to be very delicious, so it’s worth to try!
Kama-age Udon Iwami
Address: 2-9-5 Aoshima, Miyazaki, Miyazaki Prefecture 889-2 162
Operating Hours: 11:00AM-5: 30 PM
Contact Number: 0985-65-1218
Closest Train Station: Aoshima Station
A normal onigiri contains fillings like tuna, seaweed, mayonnaise, and chicken onigiri, but in Miyazaki, you can taste pork onigiri! A rice ball wrapped in a pork special sauce and baked until it turns crispy, Niku-Maki Onigiri is very favourable among the locals and tourists. After it is baked, you can taste the harmonious taste of the rice ball and pork sauce in your mouth.
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Try the original Niku-Maki Onigiri at Niku-Maki Yaki Onigiri Main Store on Chuo-dori. Their other store is on Tachibana-dori.
Niku-Maki Yaki Onigiri Main Store
Address: 1- 6 Chuodori, Miyazaki, 880-0002, Japan
Operating Hours: 7:00PM-3:00AM
Contact Number: +81 985-29-1156
As you all know, daifuku is a type of Japanese snack made up from mochi and it contains red bean paste (anko). As for Nanjakora Daifuku, it is different from your normal Japanese daifuku specifically, the filling. Inside Nanjakora Daifuku, they stuff a small chunk of strawberry, cream cheese and a chestnut, wrapped in a red bean paste. Then, all together, they are enclosed with a mochi. With so many flavours inside a single mochi, it is no wonder why this daifuku is the best in Miyazaki.
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You can get this sweet snack from Miyazaki Station from a store called Okashi no Hidaka. You can find a similar store in other areas in the city too.
Okashi no Hidaka
Address: 1-107-4 Nishikimachi, Miyazaki, 880-0811, Japan
Operating Hours: 8:30AM–7:30PM
Contact Number: +81 985-25-1869