Takaharu (高原町)

A 40 minute drive from Mt Kirishima and south of Kobayashi, Takaharu is a small town of only 10,000 people famous for being both a main source of Miyazaki beef and the birthplace of Japan’s first emperor. The mountain range around Takaharu was the first to become a national park in Japan.

Town Website: http://www.town.takaharu.lg.jp/  (Japanese)
Tourism Website: http://www.takaharu-tourism.jp/ (Japanese)]

Nearby: Kobayashi | Ebino | Miyakonojo | Mimata

Health & Fitness

Optometrist (map) This eye specialist is on the right side of the road at the top of Takaharu, on route 221. General Hospital (map) Open till 10pm (Please check before going, a new one is being built so the site is a temporary one now). The head of doctors, Dr Agune speaks slow but very … Continue reading Health & Fitness


There is a furniture shop with the flavour of real dark wood in the like of Japanese and Indonesian antiques. It’s located on the right hand side of the main street of Takaharu’s Nakamachi, just a few minutes away from the eye doctor. Items are quite simple and chic-looking and not overpriced at all. The Wish … Continue reading Shopping


Walking & Climbing trails & Recreational areas Generally they are in the Kirishima region, so therefore will be called the Kirishima trails. Mount Takachiho is believed to be the birthplace of the first emperor of Japan. There is a sword stuck on the peak of the mountain. If you are relatively fit, the mountain can … Continue reading Outdoors

Sights & Attractions

Lake Miike and Wild Bird Camping Grounds (map) Lake Miike is a volcanic crater lake that offers sweeping natural settings and a 3 hour, tranquil walking trail around the lake. The lake is rumoured to be a favourite suicide spot for lost loves. The nearby Wild Bird Camp Grounds has bungalows, two story cottages and … Continue reading Sights & Attractions


Takaharu Town Cultural Day A town-wide bunkasai held in mid-November. Nawashiroda Festival  Held annually on February 18th, the Nawashiroda Festival takes place at Sano Shrine. Worshippers and festival attendees watch a lively play depicting a wooden cow named Bebu and a housewife named Haho as they plow the fields. The festival prays for a fertile … Continue reading Festivals