4 based on 25 reviews
Located on National Highway 326, Ume Road Station (or Michi no Eki Ume in Japanese) is a nice and clean rest stop. Includes shops, restaurants, clean bathrooms, fresh produce shop. Also has a great view of the Utagenka Bridge overlooking the dam. I believe also you can rent leisure craft on the water in the summer.
4.5 based on 12 reviews
12-20 minute hike up to top of Saiki City. Great city view at peak. You can see a bit of castle remains. Base has many cherry blossom trees and you can combine easily with walk along historical art and literature road (old style residences, a tea house etc.) Nice mini nature event. Don't miss it! You can walk there from Saiki Station, maybe 20 minutes, lots of free parking.
4 based on 19 reviews
4 based on 18 reviews
The original bus stop had been moved across the street due to a previous storm which caused some damage. In Japan, all bus stops have names. This bus stop in the Mountains in Tabaru district, Ume, Saiki-City happened to be named Totoro. When the movie came out in the 90's, the cut outs of the characters appeared out of nowhere. Apparently, one of the men in the area decided to create them which he inadvertently created a tourist spot for this once non-descript bus stop. There is no cost to visit here. You're free to take pictures. There is a small shop and café in the immediate area. It's really nice in the summer time when the nanasai flowers are in full bloom (golden yellow).
If you're traveling from Oita to Miyazaki, this may be worth visiting.
Past this area is Nakadake. Good place to go camping/swimming in the summer time.
4.5 based on 10 reviews
The road itself does not look different from those you may come across in rural Japan. However, each house's design has different meanings & historical stories behind it, far far from the Edo time. Therefore I'd recommend you get a tour guide to make the long walk more interesting. Once in a while you may pass by special houses for doll-display, origami folding tutoring sessions or tea ceremony demonstration. Make sure to try them all! Honestly I myself did not expect much from the trip, yet these little fun on the way made it a surprisingly memorable one!
4.5 based on 7 reviews
5 based on 6 reviews
3.5 based on 11 reviews
This bridge is along Route 326 next to the Michi no Eki Ume. It's a good place to stop, take a break, grab some local eats and take a few pictures. There is also camping facilities and boating activities during the summer in the lake/dam area below the bridge.
4 based on 9 reviews
You can buy souvenirs, sweets and fish products here. There is fresh sushi, and delicious fishcakes available. The staff is welcoming, parking and access is easy. There are also many vending machines, tables to rest. Often a vendor will be selling some local products. Bathrooms are available. I have gone many times, my favorite is a 130 yen kabosulime drink, very refreshing.
4.5 based on 5 reviews
Wow this wonderful beach is just off the expressway Exit 19.1 Hatozu. I think they charge a few $ (<5) to park in summer, but can't recall. Off season no charge. Never a crowd. So beautiful and peaceful. You must see it.
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