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Miyazaki (mēyäˈzäˌkē) [key], city (1990 pop. 287,352), capital of Miyazaki prefecture, SE Kyushu, Japan, on the Hyuga Sea. It is a popular tourist and resort center and the seat of the great Shinto shrine, Miya-zaki-jingu (with an archaeological museum), dedicated to Jimmu, first emperor of Japan. The Oyodo River traverses the city. Miyazaki prefecture (1990 pop. 1,184,047), 2,998 sq mi (7,765 sq km), produces rice, fertilizers, medicines, lumber, and charcoal. It is a major honeymoon spot, and it contains the crater-filled Kirishima-Yaku National Park.

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