Exposure to the traditional culture in valleys surrounded by beautiful mountains
In Okumonobe spreading around the headstream of the Monobe River, you can enjoy camping, fishing and colored leaves in the beautiful landscape of mountains and valleys. There are a number of mountains suitable for climbing. From their top, you can see the Seto Inland Sea and the Pacific on a fine day. A lake festival is held at Lake Okumonobe in summer. Fireworks shot over thousands of lanterns floating on the water create a phantastic scene.
A folk belief called "Izanagi-ryu" has been passed down in local villages for several hundred years. Izanagi is one of ancient gods but the belief is not systematized as religion. A person selected from among villagers serves as an officel called "tayu" and holds rituals. Izanagi-ryu has a kagura dance that is designated as significant intangible folk cultural asset. Seven or eight persons dance accompanied by drums and prayer beads. There are programs to view and experience playing the kagura in a hotspring resort in the vicinity during the periods of January to May and September to Dececmber. In the region that has maintained its unique culture, we may be able to return back to a natural human state.
Address: Monobe-cho-odochi, Kami, Kochi
Directions: (Train)0 minutes by car from Tosa-Yamada Station on the JR Dosan Line (3 hours and 20 minutes by Shinkansen from Shin-Osaka Station) (Car) One hour and 20 minutes from Nankoku tollgate on the Kochi Expressway.