mēyä´zä˝kē , 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 and neighboring Kagoshima prefecture are the site of Kirishima-Kinkowan National Park National Park, noted for its volcanoes, crater lakes, and hot springs.
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