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 trees. The 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 homes. The performances are held on Saturday evenings from mid November to
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
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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