This promotional video introduces Aki-Takata City’s traditional performing arts called Kagura, a precious cultural heritage which has been well-preserved and passed on from generation to generation. The promotional video tells us about the origins and history of Kagura with its dance, music, costumes and story. Kagura is a traditional Shinto theatrical dance which was for centuries performed as an offering to the guardian god of a particular place. With Kagura people prayed for good fortune and bountiful harvests. The video also shows us the beautiful scenery of the city where Samurai Mouri Motonari had lived throughout his life.There are still many people who don’t know what kind of place Aki-Takata City is! We would like to introduce Aki-Takata City in an easy-to-understand way. What kind of place is Aki-Takata City?
Aki-Takata City is located in northern Hiroshima Prefecture and it is surrounded by Chugoku mountains. The city is located in a basin so the weather is often foggy because of the difference in temperature. About 80% of the area is covered with forest. The city is known as the place where Sengoku General Mouri Motonari spent most of his life. Also, Kagura, the traditional performing arts, has been a popular attraction of the city for a very long time. There are also many other tourist attractions like the largest rose garden in the Chugoku region, Aki-Takata Municipal History Museum and more.
Access to Aki-Takata City:
Arriving by airplane:
It takes approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes from Haneda Airport to Hiroshima Airport. It takes 45 minutes from Hiroshima Airport to Hiroshima bullet train exit bus stop with the Airport Limousine bus and 1 hour and 15 mins from Hiroshima station to Yoshidaguchi station by JR Geibi line.
Arriving by train:
It takes approximately 4 hours from Tokyo to Hiroshima Station by bullet train and 1 hour and 15 minutes from Hiroshima station to Yoshidaguchi station by JR Geibi line.
A must-see spot in Aki-Takata City:
Kagura Monzen Toji Village
Kagura Monzen Toji Village is mostly known for Kagura but it also has onsen (hot spring) resorts and many restaurants serving great local dishes. With lots of accommodation options available, you can spend multiple days exploring what the village has to offer.
A must-eat dish in Aki-Takata City:
Kagura Goshiki Noodles /Yasha Udon
Kagura Goshiki Noodles is a local dish featuring noodles in the colors usually associated with Kagura: red, yellow, blue (green), white and black. Yasha Udon, prepared with chilies and spicy oil, is named after ogres from Kagura called “Yasha”.
A must-buy souvenir in Aki-Takata City:
Mitsuya Ebisu Tea
Mitsuya Ebisu Tea is made of Senna occidentalis cultivated in Otake city. Each farm house carefully cultivates and harvests the tea leaves from the seeding stage to the half-drying process all by hand. The tea has a very distinct flavor combining a natural sweetness with a slight bitterness.
Hiroshima Prefecture official tourism information site:
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- Let’s visit Oita Himeshima Geopark where was created by volcano in Himeshima-mura Village in Oita Prefecture