A trip to Shiiba (Miyazaki Prefecture) should not be made on a whim. In order to enjoy the beauty and the fascinating customs of this remote, forested, mountainous spot in the centre of Kyushu, careful planning is necessary, but the rewards make the efforts worthwhile.
Shiiba is famed for a long history of folk theatre (kagura), in which legends from the area are reenacted. Each season is the stage for the area’s various time-honoured performances and unique agricultural rituals.
The many festivals and customs here are intertwined with the traditional agricultural practices associated with rotation farming of buckwheat and millet, as well as production of other delicacies such as shiitake mushrooms, soy beans, plums, mountain potatoes, yuzu and freshwater fish.
One of the 100 hidden towns in Japan chosen for this publication.