Welcome to Saitobaru
North of Miyazaki, the Saitobaru Burial Mounds Park looks like a golf course at first glance, but the hillocks dotting the several square kilometres of fields and forests are actually more than 300 kofun (tumuli; burial mounds). These mostly keyhole-shaped mounds, dating from AD 300 to 600, served much the same function as Egyptian pyramids for early Japanese nobility. Bike rental is free.
In the nearby town of Saito, drummers wear odd pole-like headgear for the unique Usudaiko dance festival. A harvest festival is highlighted by Shiromi Kagura performances on 14 and 15 December.