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.


What is ‘‘Nohaku’’?

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.

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What to know about Nohaku

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.

Differences from typical accommodations

  • Check-in time is 4:00 p.m. and check-out time is 9:00 a.m. (Can be changed upon request)
  • Meals are basically prepared together. Please enjoy cooking local meals together with the host families, and then share the story of your journey at the dinner table.
Differences from typical accommodations

About the facilities of Nohaku

  • Bathrooms and kitchens are shared with host families.
  • Sleepwear and amenities (toothbrush, toothpaste, facial cleanser, etc.) are not provided. Please bring your own.
  • Towels and hair dryers are always available, but you are welcome to bring your own.
  • Please bring your own alcoholic beverages and juices to drink if desired.
About the facilities of Nohaku

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.



Nohaku Timetable


The staff from Tourism Takachihogo will arrange the Nohaku family for you based on your schedule and requests. Please let us know if there is a family you would like to stay with.
After being briefed on the location of bathrooms, kitchens, rooms, evacuation routes in case of emergencies, and introduction of the local area, please spend some time interacting with each other, introducing yourself and other greetings.
In order to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus infection, we ask for your cooperation in taking your temperature and disinfecting your hands frequently.
3.Local Experience and Dinner Preparation
The fun part of Nohaku is getting to know the local community deeper. Spend your time walking around the area, feeding the cows, harvesting vegetables at the garden, etc.
Let’s make dinner with the host family. They might even teach you how to make some of the local home cooking!
4.Dinner Together
Dinner with the host family. While enjoying the home cooking, they will share many stories about local life, customs, and memories. Finish taking a bath after that.
We have a lot to talk about and sometimes it gets late. Let’s go to bed early to prepare for tomorrow!
It is always a good idea to wake up a little earlier and go for a walk around the house.
If the season and weather conditions are right, you may be able to see Unkai, “the sea of clouds”.
Depending on the host family, you may also go out to harvest vegetables for breakfast.
Breakfast in the fresh morning air of a rural village.
You are now a member of the family. They will send you off with farewell. Please be careful on your way home with heartwarming memories. Come back again!


Q.Is it possible to extend the check-out time?

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)

Q.How do I make a reservation?

We accept reservations by email or phone call.
Some Nohaku lodgings can be booked via Airbnb.
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Q.How do I pay?

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.

Q.I don’t have a car, what should I do?

Some Nohaku lodgings provide transportation to the nearest bus stop, etc. Please ask us for details.

Q.Are there any items that I need to bring?

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?”.

Q.How can I contact Nohaku lodging directly?

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).

Q.What if I’m running late for check-in?

Please contact the host family or Tourism Takachihogo as soon as possible if you are going to miss the scheduled time.

Q.What if we are going to arrive earlier than check-in time?

Please contact the host family or Tourism Takachihogo even if you expect to arrive early because they may not be home.

Q.Is it possible to accommodate food allergies?

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.

Q.Can I bring my own drinks?

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.

Q.How much is the cancellation fee?

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%.