Miyazaki City gained its status as a city when three municipalities – Miyazaki Town, Ōyodo Town and Ōmiya Village – were amalgamated on April 1, 1924. At this point, the city covered an area of 45.15km2 and had a population of 42,920.
Other communities were subsequently combined into Miyazaki City: Aoki Village in April 1932; Akae Town in April 1943; Uryūno Village, Kibana Village, Aoshima Village and Kuraoka Village in March 1951; Sumiyoshi Village in October 1957; and Ikime Village in April 1963. The city population increased to 300,000. Infrastructure covering agriculture, education, culture and transport among others began to develop throughout the capital city of Miyazaki.
On April 1, 1998, Miyazaki City was upgraded into a Japanese core city, gaining administrative rights pursuant to that of an ordinance-designated city. With the aim of bridging closer relations with its citizens, Miyazaki City began development that was befitting of a core city of Kyūshū.
On January 1, 2006, three neighboring communities – namely Sadowara, Tano and Takaoka – were merged into Miyazaki City. Kiyotake was integrated into Miyazaki City on March 23, 2010. A new era began as the population grew to approximately 400,000 and its land size increased to 644.61km2.
On the one hand, opportunity for city development increased as a result of the expansion and increased resources from its regions. On the other hand, a new strategy was required due to the change in city and industrial structure. The 4th Miyazaki Master Plan was implemented in March 2008 with the objective of developing the city. Its vision for the future – Ever Lively and Evergreen Sunny City…Miyazaki… – is currently met by the mission – Designing a City that Connects to the Next Generation.
Miyazaki City is symbolized by “sun and nature.” The coastline stretches 36km from north to south. Blessed with a mild climate as the Japan Current flows along the Pacific Ocean, the subtropical colors of the city begins from its beautiful sea of pine trees at Hitotsuba seaside to the tropic greenery that is propagated in the national park at Aoshima along the Nichinan coastline.
Furthermore, the Miyazaki・Nichinan Coastline Resort Plan was approved following the revision of Japan’s resort laws in 1998. The approval thus set forth the motion for the city’s aims of becoming an international resort destination known for its generous hospitality. In recent years, the Ikime Sports Park is centered on and actively promoted as “Sports Land Miyazaki.”
Miyazaki City is also rich in ancient Japanese myths and folklore. Miyazaki was proclaimed as “Japan’s Hometown and Cultural Tourist City” in December 1965. Following this historic fate a sister city promise with Kashihara City was sealed on February 11, 1966. Two more sister city agreements were signed later – with US Virginia Beach City in May 25, 1992 and China’s Huludao City in May 16, 2004. Towns which made sister agreements with South Korea’s Boeun County and US Waukegan City before their merge into Miyazaki City are continued to this day, matching the city’s goal of developing into an international resort city.
Mark of the city
City of flowers and trees
City Flowering Tree
Miyazaki City is situated in the south-east of Kyushu, the southernmost of Japan's main islands. From north to south, the area consists of an extended hilly terrain. In the south it is bordered by the Wanitsuka and the Boroishi mountain ranges. In the northern outskirts of the city flows the Hitotsuse River and the Oyodo River in the center; whereas the Kiyotake, the Kaeda and other rivers run through the eastern part of the prefecture and later into the Pacific through Hyuga. The eastern part of the coastline is covered with white sand and pine trees, while further south of the southern town Aoshima the mountains reach right to the shore, making it an attractive coastline.
East: 131° 30' 21" Miyazaki City Sadowara-cho Shimotonda
West: 131° 11' 21" Miyazaki City Takaoka-cho uchiyama nishiyoreshi
North: 32° 03' 57" Miyazaki City Sadowara-cho Kamitajima kota
South: 31° 43' 16" Miyazaki City Oaza uchiumi
East-West: 29.9 km
North-South: 38.3 km