Heiwadai Park (a, Heiwadai Kōen), or Peace Tower Park, was built in 1940 to celebrate the 2600th anniversary of the ascension of Emperor Jimmu, the mythical first emperor of Japan, on what is believed to be the original site of his capital. Inside the park stands the Peace Tower, or Heiwadainoto, a tower constructed of stones sent from all around Asia and one of Miyazaki's most recognizable landmarks.

The Peace Tower was meant to symbolize a united world. On the front of the tower is the phrase "Hakko Ichiu", which is attributed to Emperor Jimmu and means "United under one roof". While it is somewhat ambiguous what he meant, this was often used as a rallying cry for imperialists who believed that peace would reign once Asia was united under Japanese leadership.

Heiwadai Park also has an interesting acoustic trick. If you face the Peace Tower from the center of the wide lawn at its base and clap, your clap will be magnified and reflected back toward you.

At the far end of the park is the Haniwa Garden, a collection of over 400 replica haniwa (burial statues) depicting animals, warriors, dancers, boats and houses arranged along a walking path through the trees. During the Kofun Period these clay statues were placed around burial mounds in tribute to the deceased.

Haniwa Garden

Access

There are 1-2 direct buses per hour from Miyazaki Station (East Exit) to Heiwadai Park. The trip takes about 30 minutes and costs 320 yen. Alternatively, there are more frequent connections if you take a bus from the station in the direction of Tachibana Dori and get off at the Depato Mae bus stop (4 minutes, 160 yen) and then transfer to a bus bound for Heiwadai Park (12 minutes, 260 yen).

Heiwadai Park can also be reached in a 15 minute walk from Miyazaki Shrine and the Prefectural Museum.

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Hours & Fees

Hours

Always Open

Closed

No closing days

Admission

Free