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Profile of Miyakonojo

 

View of Miyakonojo from above

The City of Miyakonojo

Population: 165,029 (as of Oct 2015: National Census)

Area: 653.36 km2

Elevation Above Sea Level (City Hall): 146.4 m

Location (City Hall): Longitude 131°03'50"

                                Latitude 31°42'58"

Climate (2015): Average 16.5° C

                         High 31.7° C

                         Low 0.6° C

 

Map of Japan w/ Miyakonojo

 

Miyakonojo Profile

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The city of Miyakonojo is located in the southeast part of Kyushu, the southernmost of the four main Japanese islands.  Miyakonojo itself is positioned in the Miyakonojo Basin, in the southwestern region of Miyazaki Prefecture.

 

The Miyakonojo Basin, the heart of our hometown bordered by the beautiful Kirishima Mountains, is blessed with fertile land and an abundance of fresh water.  Miyakonojo is also a key point for transportation, and for some time has been developing into an industrial, economic, and cultural center of Southern Kyushu.

 

As a result of a declining birthrate and an ageing population, together with decentralisation, the rise in cars, changes in the way we communicate, and changes in lifestyle, an interest in town revitalisation has been increasing.  The new city of Miyakonojo was inaugurated on January 1, 2006 after a merger with four neighboring towns.  Today the newly formed city spans an area of 653.36 square kilometers, with a population of about 165,000 people. 

 

Miyakonojo has the second biggest area of all the municipalities in Miyazaki Prefecture and it is the third largest city in Southern Kyushu, thus building the reputation of an economically, culturally and strategically important city in the region.

 

Industry of Miyakonojo

Blessed with rain, sunshine, and fertile soil, Miyakonojo is a treasure trove of agricultural products.  Miyakonojo is proud of its high quality ‘Miyakonojo Beef' products and, along with its poultry and pig farming industries, is a prominent amongst Japanese producers.

 

In 2006, according to agricultural production statistics, Miyakonojo ranked second in the country and first in Kyushu.  Miyakonojo is also famous for its tea `Miyakonojo Cha,' which has a rich fragrance and is cultivated in morning mist.  On top of that, Miyakonojo is known for its special shochu (a type of alcohol) products.  The locally made shochu is made from the delicious and fresh underground water found in the region and these products are a famous representation of Miyakonojo.

 

Miyakonojo's industry, using locally found timber and bamboo materials, produces many finished goods and most bows and wooden swords produced in Japan are made in Miyakonojo.  Miyakonojo is also well known for having many people skilled in the folk craft of furniture making.

 

According to industry statistics, as of 2007, Miyakonojo is ranked 2nd in Miyazaki with regard to the outgoing shipment of locally produced goods and also has the highest employment rate in Miyazaki Prefecture.  There are also a variety of other industries located in Miyakonojo, producing such things as food commodities, rubber and electrical goods.  The value of exported manufactured products is number one in Miyazaki Prefecture.

 

The Kyushu Expressway and five other national highways are the main access points to and from Miyakonojo, and the JR Nippo and Kitto lines also service the city.  The city is served by two airports, both located within 40 km (Kagoshima Airport and Miyazaki Airport), approximately one hour's drive from the City.  Moreover, there is a toll-free high-speed road (the Miyakonojo-Shibushi Road) which provides access to Shibushi Port - one of the most important ports in Japan.

 

Miyakonojo, along with neighbouring Mimata, Soo, and Shibushi, is also expected to play a major role in the advancement of industry, the economy, education, and culture, and to become a new economic center in Southern Kyushu.   With the continued support of our powerful industry, rich nature and energetic people, Miyakonojo will continue to blossom.   The city will strive to achieve its goals to build a new city, which utilizes the resources in the region, maintains the society's infrastructure, and nurtures a caring heart in its residents, so that every single person born in Miyakonojo will be proud of their home.

 

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For inquiries in English, please contact: City of Miyakonojo, Internationalisation Promotion Office, Address: 6-21 Himegi-cho, Miyakonojo-shi, Miyazaki-ken, Japan 885-8555

Phone (Domestic): 0986-23-2295

Fax: 0986-23-3223

Phone (Intl.): (+81) 986-23-2295

Email: intl@city.miyakonojo.miyazaki.jp

A speaker of English is generally available Monday-Friday from 8:30 A.M. ~ 4:30 P.M. Japan Standard Time. Please understand there may be times an English speaker is unavailable. Please note that the information contained on this website is intended for citizens of Miyakonojo City. Please direct questions regarding matters such as health or tax in other cities to the appropriate local government.