Kumusta? It’s Mr. Wada back in duty lang. (clear throat) I would like to introduce Aburatsu Coffee cafe in Nichinan City (Miyazaki Prefecture) this time.
Aburatsu Coffee in Nichinan City
If you look for Starbucks Coffee for drinks, there ain’t one in Nichinan City but Aburatsu Coffee will do!
FYI, Aburatsu is just one station from JR Nichinan Station. Since a professional baseball team named Hiroshima Carp comes over for the off-season training, this area seems to have more stores than in Nichinan area.
Aburatsu Coffee is just a few-minute walk from the Aburatsu Station on the arcade shopping street. Some restaurants around the cafe look nice. I would love to try them another time.
Here we are. Apparently it used to be a kissaten (old style cafe), and reopened by a local company. FYI, this cafe offers free WiFi (big deal!).
I find its interior and atmosphere neat. Jazz music they play adds up extra coolness. Food menu looks rather ordinary though drinks are cool.
Aburatsu Coffee (油津コーヒー)
3-7-33 Iwasaki, Nichinan-shi, Miyazaki
Closed on Wednesdays
How do you find it? It may be a good place to hang out regularly (perhaps it is a hangout for locals).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.