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Heiwadai Park

  • Heiwadai Park, or Peace Tower Park, located on a 60 meter high hill near downtown Miyazaki City, was built in 1940 to celebrate the 2,600th anniversary of the ascension of Emperor Jimmu, Japan's first mythical emperor, on what is believed to be his capital's original site. When you reach the park, you will be greeted by broad lawns, immaculately kept flower beds and an impressive view of the surrounding area, where you can see flowers and greenery thriving no matter the season. Heiwadai Park has something to offer all types - from the ancient feel of the Haniwa Garden, the lush hills and picturesque promenade, to the spectacular Miyazaki views from the Heiwa Tower.

    Heiwadai Park

    Heiwadai Park

    Inside the park stands the Peace Tower - a landmark constructed of stones from all over Asia and one of Miyazaki’s most recognizable structures. The Peace Tower was meant to symbolize a united world. On the front of the tower, you’ll see the phrase “Hakko Ichiu,” authored by Emperor Jimmu and meaning “United under one roof.” While its meaning is ambiguous, this was the rallying cry of imperialists who believed that peace would result from an Asia united under Japanese leadership.

    Heiwadai Park

    Heiwadai Park

    Peace Tower comes with a fascinating acoustic trick. If you face the tower from the center of the path leading up to it and clap, the sound will be magnified and reflected back toward you. This also allows you to hear the people down in the courtyard all the way from the tower! With a base of 1023m², the tower is seriously impressive, and you can spend a good half hour soaking in its design.

    Heiwadai Park

    Heiwadai Park

    There’s so much to discover in the park, and it makes for the perfect afternoon stroll, particularly to the Haniwa Garden which features an impressive collection of over 400 replica haniwa (burial statues) depicting warriors, animals, dancers, and other items along the path. These clay statues were typically set around burial mounds during the Kofun Period.

    Heiwadai Park

    Heiwadai Park

    Access to Heiwadai Park is free and is always open, so if you’re approaching your budget towards the end of your trip, this is the perfect wallet-friendly family activity. It is a quiet spot, so bring your camera along and take lots of photos. You can follow your walk in paradise with a lunch at Himukamura-no-Takarabako, an organic cafe in the grounds. The delicious and healthy food is the ideal end to a peaceful walk. An interesting little side note for trivia buffs is the fact that Heiwadai Park was the commencement point of the second torch relay during the 1964 Tokyo Olympics - and the platform used at the time remains there today.

    Heiwadai Park

    Heiwadai Park

    The park can be reached within a 15-minute walk from Miyazaki Station and the Prefectural Museum. There are also one to two buses per hour from Miyazaki Station (West Exit) to Heiwadai Park. The trip takes about 30 minutes and will cost you 320 yen.

    Heiwadai Park

    Heiwadai Park

    Heiwadai Park
    Address
    Miyazaki Pref. Miyazakishi Shimokitakatamachi EtsukeHasama 6146
    Phone
    0985353181
    はにわ園
    Address
    宮崎県宮崎市下北方町越ヶ迫6146
    Phone
    0985353181
    ひむか村の宝箱
    Address
    宮崎県宮崎市下北方町越ケ迫6146
    Phone
    0985-31-1244
    Miyazaki
    Address
    Miyazaki Pref. Miyazakishi Nishikimachi
    Phone
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