Miyazaki Jingu (宮崎神社) (map), located in the center of the city, is dedicated to the first Emperor of Japan, Jinmu, and his mother, Tamayori-hime. Many events are held each year at the shrine including Miyazaki Shrine Grand Festival that features a parade procession from the shrine to downtown Miyazaki at the end of October. There’s also the Yabusame festival, an archery-on-horseback event held on April 3rd. If you fancy a more rural shine, there’s the rice planting ceremony in the spring and rice cultivation in the fall. In the park grounds around the shrine itself you’ll also find the Prefectural Museum of Natural History. The shrine is fairly central and easily accessible via bus.
Heiwadai Park (map)
A massive park dedicated to peace. In addition to a garden of Haniwa (ancient burial statues), Heiwadai also boasts a dovecot, lake, kids’ play area, sports fields, walking trails, and an organic restaurant.