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Takachiho shrine


Takachiho shrine is located just west of the town center, is nestled in a grove of tall cedars

During the day the shrine’s nondescript, unpainted buildings blend in naturally with the 

surrounding treesThe light that filters through, brings with it an air of calm, peaceful reverence.


Today this legend is reenacted as Yokagura in a series of 33 episodes depicting the divine

quarrel as well as other deeds of the gods.  On winter weekends, people gather to watch 

all-night performances of these episodes at different locations each week, sometimes at

private homesThe performances are held on Saturday evenings from mid November to

mid February.




A massively shortened version of Takachiho Yokagura is performed for tourists every night

throughout the year at the Takachiho Shrine. The one-hour show consists of just a few 

scenes of the story, performed by masked dancers and accompanied by traditional instrument. 

It is held at the Yokagura performance hall, just a few steps from the shrine’s main building.



 Location of Takachiho





General information  


1037 Mitai, Takachiho-cho, Nishi-Usuki-gun, Miyazaki-prefecture


100 minutes by a vehicle from Kumamoto IC

130 minutes by a vehicle from Oita IC

130 minutes by a vehicle from Miyazaki


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