The Moai in Japan: Sun Messe Nichinan in Miyazaki

the moai in japan sun messe nichinan in-miyazaki

Konnichiwa! It’s Mr. Wada back on duty desu. I would like to share our trip to Messe Nichinan in Nichinan City, Miyazaki. That’s where we can see the moai in Japan.

The Moai in Japan: Sun Messe Nichinan in Miyazaki

The moai statues are the symbol of Easter Island in Chile, but you know what, you don’t have to travel thousands miles across the Pacific Ocean. Ones in Nichinan were built based on the originals (official). It’s about a 30-minute drive from Nichinan central. There are buses from Miyazaki City as well.


The watchers. They seem another mascots of this place.


Observatory and the Museum

You can go to the moai straight but we would save it for later. The view from the observatory is awesome (it was a bit cloudy but you still can see the blue sky in the photo below). I assume this is a great photo spot with the moai statues down there.

Feels so goooooooooooooooood!

Perhaps it’d be nice knowing about the moai better before seeing them, don’t you think? There’s the moai museum right beside the observatory (free admission) where we can learn its history, and how the moais are made, etc. There’s a restaurant and washrooms as well.


The Moai Statues

Show time. It’s got seven moai statues and apparently each of them represents luck for work, well-being, relationships, dreams, marriage, finance, education (left to right). I am not sure if we are supposed to just touch them…but sure they are quite something to see this closely.

The seven moais!



This Sun Messe Nichina has some animals in the property. No worries. They are harmless. We encountered a pony, donkeys, goats, and turtles! I was a bit taken aback that the goats were unleashed outside the fence but they wouldn’t bother us at all. Oh well.

Saying hi to a pony.

Alright. Let’s call it a day!



Name Sun Messe Nichinan
Access 2650 Miyaura, Nichinan-shi, Miyazaki
Business Hours 9:30 – 17:00
Closed: 1st and 3rd Wednesday (except August and holidays)
Admission Adult: 700 yen
Jr. high school student: 500 yen
Ages 4 & above: 350 yen
Contact 0987-29-1900



How do you find it? Please come by if you get a chance.

See you around!

Container Cafe: Machi-Koba Cafe in Nichinan City, Miyazaki

container cafe machikoba cafe in nichinan city miyazaki

Konnichiwa! It’s Mr. Wada back on duty desu. I would like to introduce a container cafe called Machi-Koba Cafe in Nichinan this time.

Container Cafe: Machi-Koba Cafe in Nichinan

First of all, I didn’t know why it is called Machi (town) Koba (workshop / factory). It was just listed by online search. As we got to the place it made all sense. The name was a big hint!

A cafe in a factory huh? We need to investigate. Let’s take a look around.


Containers for Rent

While waiting for our drinks, we took a look at containers in the factory (it was more like a warehouse?). A barista told me that the company rent these containers out as storage. That’s a cool idea. When searching online, I thought we’d be sipping drinks in one of these like prisoners. Hehe. That’d be cool as well.


Coffee Time!

Now I’ve got a question; Which would you pick for having drinks?

A. a barista container (where he prepares drinks)

It seems to have few seats.

B. ‘outdoor’ seats (next to the barista container)

Anyhow a TV repeatedly plays the Beatles songs

C. an air-conditioned-private container

The container on the left is a small handcraft store.

We would go for ….(drum rolls)……..C! (we wouldn’t feel comfortable with the barista in a small container anyway…) Now I see that this cafe is to promote the containers. The same idea as showrooms (I saw catalogs at our seat). Anyway it is a neat idea, don’t you think? Coffee was good, hand dripped.

Ideal for a business meeting like this.
Iced coffee.

Alright. Let’s call it a day.

Name Machi-Koba Cafe in Nichinan(町工場カフェ in Nichinan)
Access  2-1-43, Segai, Nichinan-shi, Miyazaki
Business Hours

9:00 – 18:00

Open: Almost every day

Contact 0987-22-4620
Website (in JP)



How do you find it? It was a good experience for us. Please take a visit if you get a chance.

See you around!