Takachihogo-Shiibayama area in Miyazaki prefecture which consists of the three towns and two villages of Takachiho Town, Hinokage Town, Gokase Town, Morotsuka Village, and Shiiba Village is located right in the middle of Kyushu region.
Approximately 92% of the site is covered in forest that is mostly on sloped land, and despite these harsh conditions, people have constructed a composite system of agricultural forestry that combines the varieties of productions, including rice, produce, tea, flower, timber, shiitake mushroom as well as wagyu cattle. Using this system, the local farmers can pursue stable livelihoods.
Takachihogo-Shiibayama area holds many other treasures born from agricultural forestry, such as well-managed forests, some of Japan’s best terraced fields and 500km of hillside irrigation canals, and traditional shifting cultivation.
To pray for peace in the area, Kagura, the divine ritual in which the dancers ask the gods to descend with a bountiful harvest has been passed down since ancient times.
The feature of “Nohaku” in the Takachihogo-Shiibayama area is a style of accommodation that allows you to experience the “local lifestyle” by diving into the homes of families whose livelihoods are based on traditional agriculture, temples and other professions.
The guest can experience the unique country-side culture and wisdom that has coexisted with nature through interacting with host families and local people and making local cuisine.
Encounters and learning that never can be found at ordinary accommodations such as hotels and inns await you.
GIAHS Takachihogo-Shiibayama Official Website : https://takachihogo-shiibayama-giahs.com/home-en
The main difference from ordinary accommodations is that the stay itself is an experience of local lifestyle through interaction with the host families. Our staff will fully support you and your host family to discuss the needs, concerns, facilities, allergies, children’s ages, etc. Please enjoy your stay with peace of mind.
In some households, there is the smell of livestock and feed.
Please understand that the Nohaku accommodation is not a hotel, but an ordinary home.
If you would like to extend check-out time and take a break, or if you would like to experience farming until noon, we can do so for an extra fee. Please let us know when you make your reservation. (*Consultation required)
We accept reservations by email or phone call.
Some Nohaku lodgings can be booked via Airbnb.
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Please pay by bank transfer prior to your stay. We will inform you of the bank transfer account by e-mail or mail when you complete the reservation.
For bookings made via Airbnb, please follow Airbnb’s payment policy.
Some Nohaku lodgings provide transportation to the nearest bus stop, etc. Please ask us for details.
Basically, amenities such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, facial cleanser, and sleepwear are not provided, so please bring your own. For more details, please refer to the page “What is Nohaku?”.
Contact information for the host family will be provided after your reservation is confirmed. Before making a reservation, please contact Tourism Takachihogo (0982-82-2199).
Please contact the host family or Tourism Takachihogo as soon as possible if you are going to miss the scheduled time.
Please contact the host family or Tourism Takachihogo even if you expect to arrive early because they may not be home.
We will ask you if you have any allergies on the health check-sheet to fill out when you make a reservation (by PC or smartphone). Please let us know in detail what foods you would like us to avoid.
Please bring your own alcoholic and soft drinks if desired. We recommend that you finish your shopping before arriving at the site. If you want hot water, or if you want to heat it up or refrigerate it, please ask the host family.
Two days prior to stay: 20%.
The day before or the day of the stay (by 12:00 noon): 50%.
On the day of stay or without notice: 100%.