About us

Hi everyone! I’m Andi and I’ve been living in Miyazaki City for the past 7 years. I have to say, it’s been an absolutely incredible experience.

When I first arrived here, I was blown away by the stunning natural beauty of the area. The clear blue waters of the Hyuganada Sea are absolutely mesmerizing, and the palm trees that dot the landscape are truly a sight to behold.

But what really sets Miyazaki apart from other cities in Japan is its laid-back atmosphere. People here are incredibly friendly and welcoming, and there’s a real sense of community. It’s the kind of place where you can strike up a conversation with just about anyone, and you’ll find yourself making friends in no time.

One of my favorite things to do in Miyazaki is go surfing. The waves here are consistently good, and there’s no shortage of great spots to hit the water. After a long day out on the waves, there’s nothing better than soaking in an onsen to relax and unwind.

Another thing that I absolutely love about Miyazaki is the food. The local cuisine is absolutely delicious, and you can’t go wrong with dishes like charcoal-grilled Miyazaki chicken and chicken Nanban (chicken with tartar sauce). And let’s not forget about Miyazaki beef – it’s some of the best in the world!

If you’re into history and culture, there’s plenty to explore in Miyazaki as well. Aoshima Shrine is a must-visit, and the beautiful sunrise over the Aoshima is not to be missed.

Why Miyazaki?

In 2014 I was walking home after doing overtime at my programming job. I cross the peaceful street on a crossing. Right after I reach the end I see something pass right behind me, hear tires screeching and then a bang. A car turned right with high speed flying over the crossing and footpath hitting a wall. If I were just two seconds later I would not be writing this. Minutes pass and then I hear sirens. Police cars were about to pass by and I wave them down. A troubled man was fleeing from the police.

I knew I didn’t want it to end like this and decided after many earlier trips to Japan to save money and move to Japan. A year later, I had quit my job and moved to Tokyo on a tourist visa.

In Tokyo I had a great 6 months, it is a place where you can meet a lot of people. After some time the endless change of faces got to me. It’s hard to ever truly be alone. When I met my now wife, she was already set to move to Miyazaki. My plan was to go to another country after Tokyo, but Miyazaki intruiged me. Not much information on the web, but the place somehow kept popping up: photos of the now defunct ocean dome indoor beach and my friend who had by total chance married someone from Miyazaki. I went back to Switzerland for some planning.
After 6 months I had my visa in hand and my adventure started!

I’ve spent the next few years with Kyudo and discovering the nature. The city has everything you need. Jobs for foreigners can be in short supply, but this website is an attempt to make Miyazaki better known and change this.

I can’t recommend living in Miyazaki City enough. If you’re looking for a place that’s beautiful, relaxed, and full of friendly people, this is definitely the place for you. I can’t wait to see what the next 7 years here have in store for me!