Kagura is a traditional Shinto theatrical dance. The performances are based on folkloric tales and each performance is accompanied by the sound of taiko drumming and flutes. It was used for centuries as a dedication to the "Ujigami" - a guardian god of a particular place or location. It is also performed to pray for good harvests, bountiful fishing catches, and recovering from illness.
Kagura is performed every week in the purpose-built Kagura-Monzen-Toji-Village in Akitakata City. Sometimes they let audience members try on the elaborate and intricately sewn costumes after the performance. There is also a museum detailing the history of kagura as well as a number of shops and restaurants. The facility also boasts a natural hot spring bath and high quality accommodation.
4627, Hongo, Midori-cho, Akitakata City
Opening Hour :
Daytime bathing: 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. staying guests: 6:00 to 8:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m
Available for free
By highway bus (60 min.)
From Hiroshima Bus Center, take highway bus bound for Miyoshi/Shobara, and get off at ""Midori Highway Bus Stop"". Take a cab or pick-up bus of Kagura Monzen Toji Village (both reservation required).
available for free (300 cars/ large bus available)
Hot spring fee: Junior High School Students and older: 700 yen, 4 years to Elementary School Students: 400 yen
(admission to the village free)