This shrine honours the Emperor Jimmu, the semi-mythical first emperor of Japan and founder of the Yamato court. Spectacular centuries-old wisteria vines cover the thickly forested grounds, and bloom in April. It's a 500m walk from Miyazaki-jingū Station, one stop (¥160, three minutes) north of Miyazaki Station.
Just north of the shrine, Miyazaki Prefectural Museum of Nature & History exhibits items on local history, archaeology, festival artefacts and folkcrafts. Behind the museum, Minka-en hosts four traditional-style Miyazaki farmhouses and other outbuildings.