A Remote Mountain Village in Kyushu & The Dolls Festival in a Canal Town
Our reporter wanders through the hamlets of Shiiba - tucked away in the mountains of Miyazaki Pref. - which exude an atmosphere of old Japan. He takes a cooking class, goes back to his childhood climbing a treehouse, and experiences the fire-fallow cultivation techniques used for 5,000 years. Dinner consists of delicacies made with local produce. Also our correspondent introduces the colorful Hina Matsuri in Yanagawa, Fukuoka Prefecture. The highlight is the water parade - a living doll display.

A Remote Mountain Village in Kyushu

Reporter: Afra Ray
Access
2 hrs by air from Haneda Airport to Miyazaki Airport → 2 hrs by train to Hyugashi Sta. → 2 hrs 30 mins by bus to Kami-Shiiba
3 hrs by car from Miyazaki Airport to Kami-Shiiba
2 hrs by car from Kumamoto Airport to Kami-Shiiba
From Kami-Shiiba (Shiiba Tourism Association)
- 1 hr 10 mins by car to Oicho Observation Deck
- 20 mins by car to Tonegawa
  Foot path: 1 hr 30 mins
- 20 mins by car to Tonegawa Kominka
  Kominka culinary lesson
- 50 mins by car to Okubo Cypress
- 40 mins by car to tree houses
  Adventure activity package
- 1 hr by car to Yakihata Guesthouse
  Farming experience


The Dolls Festival in a Canal Town
Correspondent: Roberta Stott
Access
2 hrs 30 mins by train from Shin-Osaka Sta. to Hakata Sta. (Fukuoka Pref.) → 30 mins by train to Chikugo-Funagoya Sta. → 30 mins by car to Yanagawa

2 hrs 30 mins by train from Shin-Osaka Sta. to Hakata Sta. (Fukuoka Pref.) → 5 mins by subway to Tenjin Sta. → 3 mins on foot to Nishitetsu Fukuoka (Tenjin) Sta. → 49 mins by train to Yanagawa Sta.

10 mins by subway from Fukuoka Airport to Tenjin Sta. → 3 mins on foot to Nishitetsu Fukuoka (Tenjin) Sta. → 49 mins by train to Yanagawa Sta.
From Yanagawa Tourist Association
- 3 mins on foot to Kominka Kitajima

Mari making experience
River cruise
*Inquire at Yanagawa Tourist Association

Ohina-sama Water Parade
3rd Sunday in March (Every year)