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Takachiho, land of living Japanese myths. Enjoy "Evening Kagura" exclusively in winter
Takachiho, on the northern edge of Miyazaki, is popular both in Japan and abroad as "a town of myths" thanks to its natural beauty and mysterious places. Every year in Takachiho from mid-November until early February of the following year, "Evening Kagura" presentations are held through the night in 20 communities. In a Shinto ritual that has continued for 800 years, local gods are invited in to residences and community centers called "Kagurayado," where 33 kagura presentations are held through the night. In 1978 Takachiho's Evening Kagura was designated an Important Intangible Folk Cultural Property of Japan.
Tourists can also attend this traditional ritual to observe. In the clear midwinter air the kagura dance carries on through the night, creating a wondrous, majestic atmosphere. When watching this tradition, held dear by the locals who have preserved it over the years, it is important to be respectful and remember that it is a religious ceremony. The kagura dances differ between villages, allowing you to observe the cultural differences. Please check the Evening Kagura schedule on the official website before heading out.
Outside of this period, Takachiho Kagura is also held in the evening at Takachiho Shrine, 365 days a year. Commentary is provided, making this ideal for people who are new to kagura.
Address: Takachiho, Nishiusuki, Miyazaki Prefecture
Airport: Miyazaki Airport