Mibu-no-hanadaue is a revived rice planting ritual said to have roots in the middle ages that is renacted on the first Sunday of June every year. The event was designated as a UNESCO Intangible Heritage in 2003 and many people now make the trip to Chiyoda in Kita-hiroshima to view it.
Bulls are led through the streets to Mibu Hachiman Shrine where they are dressed with elaborately decorated saddles and colorful necklaces. They are then led to a field, and after they have ploughed it saotome (rice planting maidens) in kimono and wide-brimmed sugegasa hats plant rice seedlings in time with the music performed by drummers and flautists as they sing.
Parking available at the Chiyoda Michi-no-eki and Town Hall from where shuttle buses run to the rice field.
Parade from Mibu Shotengai Shopping Area to the Planting field
Rice field ploughing and rice planting starts at about 14:00
Kagura performances from four troupes start at 09:00 (¥1500 on the door)
Exit the Chugoku Expressway at Chiyoda IC. Free shuttle buses run from Parking #1, #3 and #4 (see map above).
Take the Miyoshi-Shobara-Matsue bound bus from Hiroshima Bus Center platform #9 and get off at Chiyoda IC (¥1310 one way adult fare).
Take the Hamada bound bus from Hiroshima Shinkansen Station or Hiroshima Bus Center and get off at Chiyoda IC.
Take the Miyoshi-Shobara-Tojo bound bus from Hiroshima Bus Center and get off at Chiyoda IC.
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