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,
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 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
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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