The area around Shintomi is crisscrossed with fabulous attractions, from big-ticket tourist hotspots to lesser known nooks and crannies. Two examples of places within a relatively short distance of Shintomi are Miyakonojo, 35 miles (56 kilometers) to the northeast, and Nobeoka, 35 miles (56 kilometers) to the south.
Once you've fully explored Shintomi, visit the nearest regional center. Miyazaki is approximately 12 miles (19 kilometers) away and features attractions like Miyazaki Prefectural Art Museum, Miyazaki Prefectural Museum of Nature and History and Phoenix Country Club. Heiwadai Park, Seagaia Ocean Dome and Miyazaki City Phoenix Zoo are just a handful of the many other attractions in Miyazaki.
Get familiar with Japanese to speak with the locals in Miyazaki. Learning how to use a few easy sentences, such as "Isshoni odorimasenka?", or "Would you like to dance with me?", can make your vacation more special. Or try "Benjo wa doko desu ka?" (Where's the toilet?).
Birthday of Emperor Akihito falls on the 23rd of December, so if you're visiting at this time, put aside your sightseeing and spend the day celebrating with proud locals.
At the end of your stay in Shintomi, say farewell the way locals do, with a heartfelt "Sayōnara."